July 17, 2019










Long Island Elder Law Attorney Articles

What Is the Difference between a Will and Estate Planning?

A will might be part of an estate plan, but it is not estate planning. All too often these terms are used synonymously, but in reality, they are quite different from one another. A will is a single … [Read More...]

What Is Digital Estate Planning?

We live in the digital era. Most of your assets are online, including your bank accounts, social media, and personal data. If you think that you do not need digital estate planning, then you may want … [Read More...]

What Is Medicare Planning?

You plan for retirement, you plan for significant expenses, but what about Medicare planning? Most individuals under the age of 65 do not think of Medicare until it is too late. Ideally, you want to … [Read More...]

What Assets Disqualify You for Medicaid?

Medicaid’s application process is extensive, and it includes a detailed review of your assets. Certain assets can disqualify you from this federal and state program. But with the right planning, you … [Read More...]

Do I Really Need to Include Social Media in an Estate Plan?

Consider how much information you keep on your social media profile before dismissing the idea of including it as part of your estate. Adding it to your estate plan could ensure that the right family … [Read More...]

How Do You Obtain a Letter of Testamentary?

Getting a letter of testamentary is what you need to proceed in probate court. You will need to file a death certificate and a will with the county, then your official form requesting your … [Read More...]

How Do I Protect My Assets in a Second Marriage?

Whether you are getting married now or you are considering it, you must set up protections for your assets in your second marriage. Otherwise, you could have assets go to the wrong family members, … [Read More...]

When Will My Case Finish Probate?

Probate’s length depends on the complexity of the case and whether you have anyone contesting. However, you can expect anywhere from six months to up to two years. Likewise, you could have such a … [Read More...]

When Does Medicare Cover Nursing Home Costs?

When and how long Medicare covers nursing home costs will vary, but understanding how your benefits work and when they kick in is critical when you require nursing home care. Most seniors will … [Read More...]

A Guide to Picking Nursing Homes and How to Pay for Them

Whether you are looking for nursing homes for yourself, a spouse, or an aging loved one, it is imperative that you do your research first. Nursing homes are plentiful, but not all of them offer … [Read More...]

Getting Married This Month? Now Is the Time to Start Your Estate Plan

One of the first things you and your soon-to-be spouse think of after getting engaged is planning the wedding and how your future will be with one another. Most likely, the last thing on your mind is … [Read More...]

Reasons Siblings Fight and Contest Wills – and How to Prevent It

When you draft your will, you have the best intentions for your loved ones. You want to provide for them, make sure they have a healthy financial future, and have a little extra for what they … [Read More...]

Can I Leave Property in a Trust for My Grandchildren?

As a grandparent, you want to secure a healthy financial future for your grandchildren. One of the better ways to do that is through a trust. Trusts, in general, are excellent ways to pass assets … [Read More...]

Common Mistakes Made by Executors and How to Avoid Them

The job of being an estate’s executor is not an easy one. This is why, when you designate someone, you do so with extra care. You pick someone organized, efficient, and mentally ready for the job … [Read More...]

How to Qualify for Medicare and Medicaid: A Planning Guide for Seniors

Retirement is around the corner. And while you have most of your retirement planning complete, the one area you put off is now knocking at the door. Medicare and Medicaid become staples for … [Read More...]

The Dangers of Using Downloaded Estate Planning Templates

Today, you can do almost anything online. You can open a bank account, start a retirement, open a business, and more. With the plethora of do-it-yourself websites out there and articles showing you … [Read More...]

5 Trending Topics in Elder Law to Know Today

More baby boomers are hitting 65 each day and will continue to do so into 2030. Therefore, the issues surrounding elder law are becoming more mainstream, especially as more enter or head toward … [Read More...]

Can You Stop Probate Once It Starts?

The probate process typically starts after your loved one passes away. The purpose is to administer the estate of that deceased person, and it gives an opportunity for heirs to challenge the will … [Read More...]

3 Big Issues an Elder Law Attorney Can Help Resolve

An elder law attorney serves as your advocate and also your family’s guide. This area of the law specializes in the unique range of financial and legal matters older adults face, including … [Read More...]

Making an Estate Plan? Do Not Forget Your Business Succession Plan, Too

If you have a family business or started a company that you would like to keep in the family after you pass away, you need to create a succession plan. Even if you wish to sell that business, speaking … [Read More...]

What Is a Certified Elder Law Attorney – and What Can They Do for Me?

Description: An elder law attorney can help you long before retirement with everything from long-term care to Medicare and even the creation of an estate plan. You know that you need an elder law … [Read More...]

What Is Ancillary Probate?

If you are like most who are starting out with estate planning, you have heard of probate court – and you know that you want to do what you can to avoid it. What you might not have heard about is an … [Read More...]

Estate Planning with an Out-of-State Vacation Home

It is not uncommon to find a client that has property in multiple states. Usually, it involves an individual or couple that has their primary home here in New York but a vacation home elsewhere else … [Read More...]

Are Probate Records Public Records?

Probate court is a legal process that follows a person’s death. It goes through various stages to help settle the estate, handle any outstanding debts, and distribute assets to named … [Read More...]

How Aging Affects Memory – and What to Take Care of Now

Most people assume that it is natural to lose the ability to remember things as they get older. While memory loss does happen as part of the aging process, the intensity and how it affects you depends … [Read More...]

How Does Nursing Home Medicaid Work?

Medicaid is a government-funded program that takes many forms. Many New York residents are surprised to find out how many options they have for Medicaid coverage, including Nursing Home … [Read More...]

What Is Community Medicaid and Who Qualifies for It?

New York offers various homecare and nursing home care solutions for aging residents. To determine which type of services you qualify for, you need to assess your budget. Depending on your income, age … [Read More...]

Protect Your Legacy With Three Essential Estate Planning Tools

An estate consists of the personal or real property, possessions, and financial holdings that a person has accumulated during his or her lifetime. Estates do not apply only to the wealthy. One’s … [Read More...]

Primary Goals of Small Business Tax Planning

As any experienced small business owner already knows, the primary goal of small business tax planning is to make the most the money the business is already generating. How an accountant achieves that … [Read More...]

Preventative Measures to Defend Against Will Contests

The purpose of a will is to be sure that your affairs are handled after your death and that your loved ones are taken care of properly. A will also protects your estate from various forms of … [Read More...]