Importance of a Durable Power of Attorney

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5 things you won’t find in your standard power of attorney… If I had a quarter for every time a prospective client told me “Oh, we have a power of attorney – I printed one from the computer” or “I got one from the title company”, I wouldn’t need to buy any more lotto tickets. I think because powers of … Read More

Home Care and Medicaid Changes

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How Medicaid Changes Affect Home Care As my readers already know, the eligibility rules for Medicaid changed drastically ten years ago in February, 2006, with the passage of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA). It then became more challenging (albeit not impossible) to help clients needing nursing home care to become eligible.  This relates to the way the lookback … Read More

Do You Need A Will?

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Last Will and Testament

Do You Need A Will? The upcoming month is National Health Care Decision-Making Month. During this time, the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association typically conducts free seminars throughout the state as a public service to reach out to seniors and educate them on the benefits of doing basic planning. Basic planning typically involves making decisions … Read More

Is Your Legal House In Order?

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three generations of people in a family photo

Greetings, Is Your Legal House In Order? As I mentioned in my previous post, May is Decision-Making Month.  It is also National Elder Law Month.  This is the month that we reach out and educate people (not only seniors) on the importance of doing basic planning. What I consider to be basic planning is doing the bare minimum to ensure that … Read More