The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 3, 1996 · Page 51
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 51

Salina, Kansas
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Sunday, November 3, 1996
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£77 Jnomana Loncziti j "Playing the violin is my life," says Julie Parcells, "and becoming a concert violinist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is a dream come true. "So when rny life, my dream, was threatened by breast cancer, I set out to attack it with the same intensity I bring to my music." Julie says she searched for a cancer treatment program that treated the whole person, not just the cancer. She found what she was looking for at Cancer Treatment Centers of America™. "They believe in new ways of treating cancer, like anazi. fractionated-dose chemotherapy. The benefits without the discomfort," Julie says. "And they also believe in nutrition, and encouraging patients to get involved in their treatment and to take an active role. "Cancer Treatment Centers of America™ gave me the stamina to keep playing," Julie says. "And for more than five years now, every check up has been the same. 'No sign of cancer.'" To schedule an appointment for a consultation, or for more information, call Cancer Treatment Centers of America™ at 1-800-234-2402. <) I \ M I It I C A 1-800-234-2402 No case is typical. You should not expect to experience these results. Saving seniors' property Q: My parents, who are in their 70s, own a house and 25 acres of farmland. Should they transfer their property to my family in case one of them needs to go to a nursing home? Peggy Jefferson Washington, N.C. Great question. Starting in 1997, it will be considered a crime to dispose of assets, such as property, in order to qualify for Medicaid so it will pay nursing home costs. Cases will be reviewed to check for compliance with the new law. You should sit down with a lawyer and see if this new law is relevant to your parents' circumstances. Frankly, we question how the government will ever prove "intent to defraud" when property is transferred years before someone has to move into a nursing home. Q: In 1970, a court ordered the father of my two children to pay support. From then until 1983, when the final payment was due, only $1,400 out of about $21,000 was paid. What legal action can my children, now adults, take to receive back child support? Frances Gilliam, Brick, N.J. Your children probably cannot collect that money. Each state has different rules, and there may be an exception in your state that applies to your case. But in most states, child support money goes to the custodial parent, so any payment made now would be reimbursement to you, not a windfall to the children. Also, because it has been Roger Cossack and Greta Van Susteren are lawyers and hosts of CNN's Burden of Proof (12:30 p.m. ET weekdays). Laws vary by state. Check with an attorney before taking action. almost 14 years since you were to get the last check, a statute of limitations might apply. Q: My new van was broken into while parked in the parking lot of a motel where I was staying. Shouldn't the price of a motel room include security? No "park at your own risk" signs were posted. Does that mean the motel is legally responsible for the damage to my vehicle? Leo Banning, Ashland, Pa. The motel has to maintain a reasonable amount of security. The question is: What is reasonable? Lights in the parking lot might be "reasonable," but a barbed-wire fence surrounding the lot might be "unreasonable." We attempt to rely on common sense. Your common sense, however, may be different from another person's. Ultimately, a jury could be called upon to resolve this dispute, but that is time-consuming and expensive. We urge you to meet with the motel's general manager, who may be quite willing to pay for the damage or to submit a claim to the motel's insurance company. Perhaps both you and the manager can give a bit and resolve this matter. It is far better to settle a dispute than to declare war by filing a slow, expensive and unpredictable lawsuit. If you are unsuccessful, and if it is a chain motel, you might want to call the chain's national headquarters and attempt to resolve the problem at the national level, ca Send your legal questions to: "Legal Q&A," USA WEEKEND, P.O. Box 75207, Washington, O.C. 20013 (e-mail:; fax: 703-276-5518). v4> ONLINE: Review legal advice in USA WEEKEND on America Online. Keyword: USA WEEKEND. 12 USA WCF.KKNO • \'<n: /-.<. IWh

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