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MEDICARE VERSUS MEDICAID IN THE NURSING HOME SETTING When we talk about Medicaid asset protection, I often hear from clients “but I already have Medicare,” or “I have money, so I’ll never qualify for Medicaid.” But in the context of chronic care, there’s a lot of nuance to these issues. Here are the key differences:…

REMOTE ONLINE NOTARIZATION MAKES A PERMANENT RETURN TO NEW YORK In March 2020, remote online notarization was introduced to New York as part of an array of gubernatorial Executive Orders to reduce the need for in-person meetings during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The order permitted any documents that would require a standard in-person notary to…

WHAT NOT TO DO IN YOUR ESTATE PLAN   We frequently discuss good estate planning practices in this column, but here are some things that you absolutely should not do when drafting your will or trust: Settle Scores With a limited exception for spouses, no one has the legal right to inherit from you. You…

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT PAYING FOR NURSING HOME CARE The time period in which an elderly loved one goes to a skilled nursing facility can be one of the most emotionally wrought and challenging experiences for a family. Unfortunately, one of the most stressful aspects of the ordeal is how the nursing home bills are…

NEW YORK STATE EVICTION UPDATE No less than two days after the eviction moratorium had expired, the governor of New York signed into law Chapter 417 of the Laws of 2021 (the “Act”), an amended version of the  moratorium, protecting tenants from eviction at least until January 15, 2021. The Act was publicized as “new…

HOW THE RECENT SUPREME COURT RULING AFFECTS NEW YORK’S EVICTION MORATORIUM On August 12, 2021 the United States Supreme Court issued a decision in the case of Pantelis Chrysafis, et al. v. Lawrence K. Marks which stopped the enforcement of a portion of New York’s Covid-19 Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Procedure Act (the “Act”).  The…

10 STEPS TO SETTLING AN ESTATE Losing a friend or family member is always challenging. Serving as the executor or trustee of their estate plan is a wonderful way to honor them and carry out their wishes. But it can be a long and taxing process. Here’s how to do it right: (1) Talk to…

ATTENTION LANDLORDS AND TENANTS EMERGENCY EVICTION EXTENDED Despite successful re-opening of the economy , and leaving the majority of COVID-19 restrictions in the past, New York continues to take proactive steps in protecting those financially effected by COVID-19. On May 4, 2021 Governor Cuomo signed a bill extending both the Emergency Eviction and Foreclosure Prevention…

THE VALUE OF REVIEWING YOUR ESTATE PLAN If you have executed a will or trust, you should be commended, as you are already in a more prepared category than most Americans. But you should not let it sit and be forgotten. There Is value in reviewing your estate plan at least every three to five…

ESTATE PLANNING IS NOT ABOUT DEATH The uncertain times that we’re in have resulted in a flurry of people concerned about making a last will and testament or estate planning documents. The pandemic has been a wake-up call for many people to address issues of mortality. But there’s much more to estate planning than preparing…

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