Mid-Year Important Summary of Elder Law and Estate Planning

Speaking for myself, I have emerged from the cocoon of pandemic quarantine, with mask on, and with relief that my family did not have to use my health care proxy, nor did I have to use my 90-year-old mother’s proxy, for medical decisions.I emerge and find a stack of reading material requiring my attention on [...]

Critical Law Change for Medicaid Home Care Starting

The leading nonprofit advocacy group, New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) has released an update on the NYS Department of Health’s ‘guidance’ for applicants of home care/community Medicaid/MLTC.In April, the Governor signed into law a change to the program which provides home health aides (often called personal care aides here, on Long Island) for seniors [...]

A New Decade, A New Year Update for 2020

A few legal updates for your consideration as we enter our new decade: Retirement The SECURE Act of 2019 makes important changes to retirement accounts. The age at which required distributions must be taken is increased from age 70 ½ to age 72 for persons who turn 70 1/2 after December 31, 2019. The Act [...]

Lessons from My Mother-in-Law

Each day, I listen to my senior client’s stories. Some of my clients are older than Arlene, my 86-year-old mother-in-law, and some are younger. I am paid to give my clients legal advice, experienced counsel, and quality representation. I also learn from many of those same seniors. Arlene, however, has taught me the best lessons [...]

By |2019-03-11T15:32:47+00:00March 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Organ and Tissue Donation in NYS

January 2019 Question of the Month:    My family has been discussing organ donation. Some of us signed the back of our drivers’ licenses. Others have signed a health care proxy which directs our health proxy to make organ donation. Which is the right way to make sure our wishes to donate organs and tissue [...]

By |2019-01-15T14:29:21+00:00January 9th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

November 2018 Question of the Month

November 2018 Question of the Month What is the best legal gift you can give your family? Beth's answer A health care proxy and power of attorney. Two examples: Mrs. H’s 32-year old son completed his MBA in economics and was employed full time by a reputable financial company. Then he suffered a traumatic vehicular [...]

By |2018-09-16T04:27:07+00:00November 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New York Law Update

New York State has approved senior ‘lock in’ to MLTC plans once the senior enrolls in the plan to receive care at home and/or at a social model day care program.  The change goes into effect on December 1, 2018.  As of that date, during the first 90-day grace period after enrolling in an MLTC [...]

By |2018-10-16T05:36:45+00:00October 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

September 2018 Question of the Month

September 2018 Question of the Month   I am a senior man providing care for my wife, who has memory issues – and I am exhausted. My children help me on the weekends, but my wife seems listless and bored and I am too tired to provide meaningful or creative activities for her. Do I [...]

By |2018-09-16T04:13:35+00:00September 16th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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