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1995 July

The Divisible Pension

Another Income Source for Low-Income Divorced Clients

By Anne E. Moss, Vicki Gottlich & The National Senior Citizens Law Center

Since receipt of pension income, like receipt of Supplemental Security Income or food stamps, helps alleviate some poverty among older women, it is important for legal services lawyers to consider possible pension eligibility for all of their clients facing a divorce. This column describes types of pension income that may be divisible upon divorce and includes a checklist of items to consider when negotiating a divorce settlement.

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Tenants' Rights to Pretermination Notice in Cases of Landlords' Nonpayment of Utilities

By Roger D. Colton, Sara Morrissey & The National Consumer Law Center

This column addresses the question of to what extent, if at all, a tenant whose utility service is in the landlord's name is constitutionally entitled to pretermination notice if the landlord fails to pay the bill. Recent federal court decisions have held that pretermination notice to tenants is constitutionally required.

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Expanding Low-Income Communities' Access to Telecommunications Technology

By Ellis Jacobs

Utility regulation provides an opportunity for advocates to address two problems important to low-income people: lack of access to basic phone service and lack of access to computer and telecommunications technology and related educational opportunities.

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Medicare Secondary Payer Procedures for Recovery of Program Expenditures from Liability Insurance Payments

By Sally Hart Wilson

The Medicare Secondary Payer Program seeks to recover Medicare expenditures for health services related to accidents from Medicare beneficiaries. This article describes recently issued rules implementing the program. which are of special interest to personal injury attorneys and elder law attorneys whose clients' damage awards are claimed by Medicare.

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Assisting Clients Seeking the Road to Decent Jobs

Job Training Advocacy

By Irv Ackelsberg & Amy Sinden

Job training has been a largely neglected field in legal services work, falling into the cracks between the jurisdictions of employment, education, consumer, and welfare specialists. This article outlines basic job training issues and highlights the work of a local program that has developed a substantial legal practice around education and training issues.

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