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John McHenry elected as President of the Board of Trustees of The Nebraska Masonic Home

John McHenry of Lincoln, Nebraska, was elected as President of the Board of Trustees of The Nebraska Masonic Home in Plattsmouth, Nebraska. John has served on the Board of Trustees for a total of 16 years. The Nebraska Masonic Home was established in 1903 as a private non-profit independent/assisted living long-term care facility.  The Home has always been dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of its residents by offering a full continuum of care through gracious assisted living and quality nursing care.  The Home serves all eligible Masons and their eligible female relatives and has an average census of 95 residents. The Nebraska Masonic Home takes great pride in being able to financially support more than 50 of the 95 residents.  The Home does not receive any monies through the Medicaid government funding program to support those residents who require financial assistance. The Nebraska Masonic Home Foundation provides the funds necessary to support these residents in order to meet all of their personal and medical expenses and the daily operational expenses of our facility. The Home funding depends on the generosity of every Nebraska Mason, friends of The Masonic Home and many Masonic organizations. True to its original purpose, The Masonic Home endures as a testament to the fulfillment of the obligations assumed by each member of the Masonic Order. John encourages all Masonic-affiliated individuals interested in long-term care or assisted living to contact Mary C. Stapp,  Executive Director, for more information on The Nebraska Masonic Home, where active senior lifestyles are promoted through activities and a contemporary living environment and where all care is provided with passion and professionalism.

SOCIAL SECURITY

Did you know that only about 40% of the Social Security disability claims filed are approved at the initial level?  If your claim is initially denied, you can ask for reconsideration by someone other than the person who decided to deny benefits.  Only twenty percent (20%) of the claimants win at the reconsideration level.  If your claim is denied after reconsideration, you may request a hearing from an administrative law judge.  Over one-half of the claimants  who have a hearing receive benefits.  Claimants who are represented by an attorney win a good deal more often than those claimants who are not represented.  These statistics are provided by the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives website. If you retain our firm to represent you in your disability case, Jim Haszard and Chris Blomenberg, together with their paralegal, Corinne, will get information from your Social Security file, get additional medical records and other information to support your claim, assist you in completing paperwork requested by the Social Security Administration, prepare you for the hearing and attend the hearing with you.  We can also request questionnaires from your treating physicians which will set forth the specific limitations that the Social Security Administration relies upon for granting benefits. If you have any questions or want to schedule a consultation, contact McHenry Haszard at (402) 476-2200.

BIENNIAL REPORTS FOR LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY AND CORPORATIONS

All corporations must file biennial occupation tax reports in even numbered years and all limited liability companies must file biennial reports in odd numbered years.  The reports are mailed to the registered agent on record on or about December 15th prior to the reporting year.  The corporate occupation tax report is due March 1 and is delinquent April 15 of the reporting year.  The limited liability company biennial report is due April 1 and is delinquent June 2 of the reporting year. Failure to pay the tax or fee and submit the report as required by law will result in administrative dissolution.  Every year, thousands of entities are dissolved for failing to comply with the law. To ensure that you receive the required biennial report and notice to file and avoid administrative dissolution, make sure to keep the registered agent information current with the Secretary of State.

COPYRIGHT PROTECTION

Copyright laws were instituted to provide the author with exclusive rights to protect their work and promote creativity and learning.  Eight categories of works are copyrightable: *         Literary, musical, and dramatic works *         Pantomimes and choreographic works *         Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works *         Sound recordings *         Motion pictures and other audio visual works *         Computer programs *         Compilations of works and derivative works *         Architectural works. A work is automatically under copyright protection from the moment of the work’s creation. However, to legally file a lawsuit for copyright infringement, the copyright must be registered with the copyright office.  By registering the copyright, the author provides public notification of the copyright and allows the author to seek damages and attorney fees if the copyright is infringed. If you are interested in registering the copyright of your work, contact our office at 402.476.2200.