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Questions to Ask an Estate Planning Attorney

Estate planning encompasses a wide range of things you can do to prepare for retirement, disability, or death. With a comprehensive estate plan, you can grow older knowing that your family will be cared for after your death.  Memorializing your plan means your family can receive what you wish them to inherit without fighting through probate. You can know...

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When to Hire an Estate Planning Attorney

Estate planning is the process of determining how you will provide for your loved ones after your death. When you sit down with your estate planning lawyer, they will ask about your assets and thoughts on how you want to distribute them. They will also help you plan for when you are incapacitated and unable to explain your wishes....

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What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid in New York?

One aspect of growing older and moving through retirement is determining how you will pay for healthcare. While you are working, you likely have health insurance from your employer. Once you reach 65 and retire, you may apply for Medicare and Medicaid. These government-run programs can help you afford healthcare as you age. The services covered by these two...

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Estate Planning Question: What Is a Power of Appointment in Estate Planning?

Creating an estate plan often involves a certain amount of looking into the future. Estate planners often wish they could give their clients a crystal ball to help them predict their family’s future emotional and financial situations when they pass away. After all, your lawyer could help you create a will or trust today, and you could live for...

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Know the Rights of LGBTQ+ Elders

With aging can come new and overwhelming challenges regarding health, finances, and support. Unfortunately, the discriminatory behaviors of others compound the challenges of aging for many elders within the LGBTQ+ community. Discrimination in the provision of government programs and services for the public is unlawful. We all deserve to be treated with respect and dignity, and several state and...

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Important Update on New York State’s New 30-Month Medicaid Lookback Law

Many New York seniors rely on Medicaid to fund their long-term care. Medicaid will cover nursing home care for those 65 and older who meet the financial eligibility criteria. It also pays for assisted living facilities, home health, and non-medical services that allow seniors to remain in their homes.  These Medicaid services are available only to those residents with...

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Transfer on Death Designations: Advantages and Disadvantages

No one likes to think about their eventual death, but planning ahead can smooth the way for your family. Most people seek to limit the burden and expense imposed on their loved ones after they die. While a will and trust often provide the best way to achieve this goal, you can pass some assets more easily with transfer...

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What You Should Know About Long-Term Healthcare and Probate

Long-term healthcare can be a costly necessity that takes you by surprise. In fact, 60% of people will require help with basic living needs at some point during their life. Whether it’s the result of a severe accident, sudden illness, or the effects of aging, long-term care is something to anticipate when estate planning. In this blog, we discuss...

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How Can A Trust Strengthen Your Estate Plan?

Estate planning involves finding unique ways to protect your assets and provide for your loved ones. One way to do that is by using a trust. In this blog, we define what a trust is, explain the different types available, and discuss how you may benefit from including a trust in your estate plan. What Is a Trust? A...

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Helping an Elderly Loved One Without Overstepping Boundaries

As parents and other loved ones age, they may require assistance with the activities of daily living, finances, and medical care. But that does not mean they want to completely give up their independence. Nor should they. So children and other caregivers must tread lightly in offering and providing assistance.  The Golden Rule provides a useful guide when it...

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