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Asset Protection Planning: Preserving Your Assets and Protecting Your Family

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As Published in Long Island Press, longislandpress.com and danspapers.com If you’re like most people, you worked hard all your life, raised a family, and provided a leg-up for your children. But now that you need care, the cost is going to wipe out your family’s assets in short order. Your spouse will be left scraping […]

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Cheryl L. Katz-Erato Selected by State Bar to Chair Important Programs

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Cheryl L. Katz-Erato, a Senior Associate at the Melville-based law firm Cona Elder Law, was selected by the New York State Bar Association to educate our attorney colleagues throughout the state of New York. Ms. Katz-Erato served as Chair and speaker at a two-day NYSBA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program entitled “Probate and Administration of […]

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Cona Elder Law Employees Recognized by Long Island Business News

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Michele Crawford, Jesika Kalika, Marcus O’Toole-Gelo, and Julie Wyetzner Honored by Leading Regional Business Publication Jennifer Cona, founder and managing partner of Cona Elder Law, announced today that four members of her team have been recognized for their 2021 achievements by Long Island Business News. Those being honored include: Michele Crawford, a paralegal who earned […]

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2021 Estate Tax Proposals

New federal tax legislation is on the horizon, with significant changes for estate and gift taxes. President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan, currently wending its way through Congress, proposes to drastically cut the estate and gift tax exemption and make estate and gift tax planning much more difficult. The estate tax is a one-time tax […]

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The Difference Between Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys

As published in the Long Island Press, on longislandpress.com and danspapers.com.  Elder Law is a very specific field of law. Almost all Elder Law attorneys practice Estate Planning but most Estate Planning Attorneys DO NOT practice Elder Law. Elder Law and Estate Planning go hand-in-hand. Both are focused on planning ahead and maintaining decision-making and […]

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Senior Dreams Come True™️ Grants Wish for Local Grandmother

Following the death of her daughter, Donna B., a low-income senior citizen, stepped in to care for her grandson despite a serious lack of resources. Recently, her burden was lessened a bit when provided with a brand new, desperately needed refrigerator. Cona Elder Law partnered with the Family Service League to “Adopt a Senior” as […]

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Three Cona Elder Law Attorneys Earn Peer Recognition – Super Lawyers

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Jennifer B. Cona, Melissa Negrin-Wiener, and Cheryl L. Katz-Erato Cited by Super Lawyers Melville, NY – Jennifer Cona, founder and managing partner of Cona Elder Law, announced today that three attorneys of the firm will be included on the upcoming Super Lawyers list. Both Ms. Cona, of Cold Spring Harbor, and Melissa Negrin-Wiener of Setauket, […]

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The New Power of Attorney Laws: What Health Care Facilities Need to Know to Avoid Liability

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by Senior Associate Dana Walsh Sivak New York State recently passed legislation simplifying the Power of Attorney (POA) document and its execution.  Every Power of Attorney executed on or after June 13, 2021 must comply with the new rules. The new laws leave health care facilities facing potential exposure when handling resident funds through the […]

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Medicaid Home Care Changes on the Way

On or after November 8, 2021, new regulations governing Medicaid home care benefits, including Personal Care Services and Consumer Directed Personal Care Services, will go into effect. Significant changes to benefits include: Routine assessments for home care services are reduced from every 6 months to once a year. A physician’s order is no longer required […]

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2021 Power of Attorney Changes: A Step in the Right Direction

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As published in the New York Law Journal on September 13, 2021.By Marcus O’Toole-Gelo, Partner The New York power of attorney is a classic and essential tool that has been through numerous iterations over the years. Prior changes to the statutory form (including 1994, 1997, 2009 and 2010) were intended to modernize and improve the […]

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