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What Happens to a Pandemic Stimulus Payment Upon Death?

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On January 1, 2021, the federal government issued stimulus payments (also known as Economic Impact Payments) to American citizens – on paper. However, many of the stimulus payments were not received until several months later. In some instances, the stimulus payments did not arrive until after an individual died.

If your loved one died in 2021, then you may be wondering what to do with the stimulus check they received. If the individual was alive on January 1, 2021, for any amount of time, then the stimulus check does not need to be returned nor the amount prorated back to the government. The check may be deposited in the individual’s account or estate account if assets are moving through probate. This applies to all three stimulus checks issued by the federal government since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Congress foresaw this issue when passing the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (the “Act”). Specifically, the Act created a new section of the Internal Revenue Code, which states that, as long as an individual was alive on January 1, 2021, he or she is entitled to the stimulus check even if he or she dies in 2021.

For additional questions, please contact Estate Planning Attorney Cassandra Manna at clmanna@bmdllc.com.


Community Banks: Collaboration, not isolation, is the key to protecting/ enhancing the cannabis business you pioneered

As we prepare for the plenary session of the informal institutional cannabis lenders community announced in my previous article, I am pleased to advise that participants now include 5 of the best-known dedicated loan funds; a select group of commercial banks ranging in size from single state community banks to mid-size regionals making cannabis loans into the mid-8 figures; and, a syndicator of credit union cannabis loans.

Inflation Reduction Act: Healthcare Provisions

On August 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed into law the Inflation Reduction Act (the “Act”), a landmark climate, healthcare, and tax bill. Though the Act’s climate provisions have received most of the media attention, the healthcare aspects of the Act present some of the most significant changes to the American healthcare system since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.

The Current State of Assignment of Benefits Litigation in Florida

On May 25, 2022, Florida lawmakers approved property insurance reforms that remove attorney’s fees, with respect to assignment of benefits (“AOB”) property insurance litigation. One-way attorney’s fees are a longstanding problem in Florida and the reforms come at a time when AOB litigation increasingly affects homeowners in a negative way.

Proposed Community Revitalization Grants for Ohio Projects

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Ohio Senate Bill 225 Paves the Way for Greater Investment in Opportunity Zones and Historic Districts

Ohio Senate Bill 225 is poised to make dramatic enhancements to certain tax credit programs in Ohio, specifically those surrounding investments in “Opportunity Funds” and historic buildings. Signed into law by Governor Mike DeWine in June 2022, the Bill is positive news for real estate developers working to revitalize Ohio communities with investment and rehabilitation projects.