Category : Blog
Written on April 1, 2016 at 1:49 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
AVOIDING ESTATE PLANNING? Many people avoid making an estate plan for various reasons. Some do not want to think about dying. Some think it is a chore to complete (all those questions to answer). Others do not know what to do. Others completed an estate plan at one point and do not want to look Continue Reading »
Written on March 9, 2016 at 8:18 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Spinal Injuries from Car Accidents Some people suffer permanent injuries as a result of a car accident or other incident. Money from a personal injury claim is good, but it does not fix the change of life for these people. Ryan “Gooch” Nelson is one of these people. He suffered a spinal injury from a Continue Reading »
Written on February 25, 2016 at 8:13 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Veteran with Cancer Denied Benefits – VA says not service connected Army combat veteran John Marshall claims the VA abandoned him when they denied his claim for benefits.1 He was diagnosed with cancer and hospitalized. The VA claims he did not provide information. They also claim his cancer is not service connected. John Marshall’s situation Continue Reading »
Written on February 15, 2016 at 9:30 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Popularity of Charter Schools Charter schools are becoming more popular.1 One reason is their focus of different academic programs compared to a traditional school curriculum. Charter schools are still public schools, but the charter allows them to be exempt from certain state laws. This enables a charter school to tailor their education programs differently than Continue Reading »
Written on February 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
An Apple store employee in the Nashville, TN area gets big kudos for his compassion in dealing with a child with autism and downs syndrome. The 9 year old child was in the store with his mother to get an iPad. He accidentally ran into a door and fell to the ground. The employee sat Continue Reading »
Written on January 22, 2016 at 6:28 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
IDEA Requirements The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA, 20 U.S.C. § 1400(d)(1)(A) 2012), requires states receiving federal education funds to provide a “free appropriate public education” (FAPE) to all children with disabilities.1 This is the standard used in determining whether a child with disabilities is receiving appropriate educational services. North Carolina receives federal education Continue Reading »
Can I as a parent make medical decisions for my child if they are 18 years old and still in high school? What about my college student?
Written on January 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Problem Parents may know that their high schoolers usually see their doctor without the parent going back with the child to the examining room. This is an indication about the eroding parental say in their child’s health care. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 and amendments provides individuals with privacy when Continue Reading »
Written on January 6, 2016 at 6:55 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Retirement Age In 1983 Congress enacted legislation to increase the full retirement age from 65 to 67. If you will be retiring in 2016, your full retirement age is 66. If you were born after 1960, then your full retirement age is 67. (see https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/agereduction.html for complete retirement age info) However, Congress did not change Continue Reading »
Written on January 19, 2015 at 8:47 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
Tim Tebow, former NFL player, formed TimTebowFoundation.org. This organization helped organize an event called “Night to Shine” for special needs teenagers. These teens will get dinner and dancing at a local church. This same scenario is happening in 49 other churches in 26 states around the country. Additionally, two other ministries have made this event possible Continue Reading »
Written on January 15, 2015 at 8:05 pm, by Bill Wickward Jr.
The Carrick Brain Center offers some new treatment options for veterans and civilians suffering from traumatic brain injury. One type of treatment is the Off Vertical Axis Rotational Device (OVARD). This device helps with neurological rehabilitation by stimulating vestibular system to encourage neural activity in parts of the brain that have been affected by injury Continue Reading »