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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Long Island Trust and Estate Attorney

1. What Do I Do After a Loved One Passes Away? After the death of a loved one, managing the seemingly countless number of tasks involved when you are the Executor or Administrator of the Estate can be overwhelming and challenging — to say the least. We help our clients and their families by breaking […]

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NEW CASE LAW UPHOLDS THE ENFORCEABILITY OF A CAREFULLY CRAFTED ADMISSION AGREEMENT AGAINST A THIRD PARTY SIGNATOR

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The enforceability of a nursing facility admission agreement against a third party signator (i.e. signed by a person other than the resident) has been and likely always be, a highly contested issue in any litigation in which a nursing facility is seeking to recover damages for breach of contract. However, a recent Appellate Division, Second […]

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Cona Elder Law Expands Special Needs Practice Area; Patricia A. Craig Esq. Joins Melville Firm

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Melville, NY, June 28, 2022 – Cona Elder Law, the Melville based firm concentrating on elder law, estate planning, estate administration, and health care law, announced an expansion of its Special Needs Practice Group with the addition of Patricia A. Craig as an Associate Attorney. Ms. Craig’s practice will focus on special needs planning, guardianships […]

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What is the Difference Between a Will and Living Will?

Legal terms and legal document names can often be confusing. You might think that a Will and a Living Will, both having “Will” in the name, would be similar, but they are quite different. Understanding the difference between them illustrates the importance of having a comprehensive set of estate planning documents in place. What is […]

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All Admission Agreements Are Not Created Equal! How to Ensure Your Admission Agreement Protects Your Facility

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Admission Agreements are the first line of defense in proactively addressing any financial concerns your facility may have in addressing problems with residents’ financial accounts.  Even if your facility has a robust Admission Agreement, it may not include all of the important things that a facility may need it to cover in the event of […]

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Top 5 Probate and Estate Administration Mistakes

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As published in Long Island Press and on longislandpress.com and danspapers.com Estate administration is part of the ordinary course of handling the affairs of a deceased loved one. But beware: there are traps for the unwary. Some problems can be avoided by proper planning, others by good practices during the estate administration process. 1. Internet […]

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Medicaid Alert: New York State Budget and its Impact on Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility

On April 9, 2022, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the annual state budget and addressed many important issues facing older adults.  The budget expands Medicaid benefits for people 65 and over, as well as benefits for the disabled. The state budget raised the permissible income and resources thresholds, which will be made effective on January 1, […]

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Medicaid Home Care Coordination Services

As published in the Long Island Press, on longislandpress.com and danspapers.com Alice needed a home health care aide for some time before she finally allowed her daughter Susan to take charge. Susan spent months securing all the financial documentation to prove her mother’s financial eligibility for Medicaid benefits. What a relief to receive that acceptance […]

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PLAN NOW: NEW MEDICAID HOME CARE LOOK BACK RULES TAKE EFFECT 10/1/22

Early planning for Medicaid Home Care benefits is now more important than ever. After much delay and anticipation, new Medicaid Home Care rules are slated to take effect on October 1, 2022. As such, there will be a 30 month look-back period and penalty period for all asset transfers during that time period. Currently, there […]

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Spring Cleaning: Time to Review Your Estate Plan

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As published in the Long Island Press, on longislandpress.com and danspapers.com. Spring is a great time to review your estate plan. Here is a checklist to help you review your estate planning documents. Check the Last Time You Updated Your Estate Plan An estate plan should be periodically reviewed to make sure it is up […]

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