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Medicaid Alert: New York State Budget

On Saturday, 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.  It also increases wages to home health care aides, seeking to revive this industry and help the […]

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9 Questions to Ask an Estate Administration Attorney

Estate administration is the process of handling a deceased person’s affairs after they pass away. The tasks necessary vary widely and are typically handled by family members or other trusted persons with the assistance of an estate attorney. If your loved one had a comprehensive estate plan in place, the process is quicker and easier […]

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Senior Partner Melissa Negrin-Wiener Honored as Power 25 in Law

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Cona Elder Law is proud to announce Ms. Negrin-Wiener’s selection to the Power 25 in Law which recognizes her outstanding achievements over the last 20 years. Melissa Negrin-Wiener is Member of Cona Elder Law. Ms. Negrin-Wiener manages the Government Benefits and Estate Planning Departments of the firm, concentrating her practice in the areas of asset […]

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for your estate plan

A Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Estate Plan

Spring is just around the corner. As you take time to refresh your home and garden, take the opportunity to look over your estate plan as well. Here is a checklist to help you review your estate planning documents. When Was the Last Time You Updated Your Estate Plan?  An estate plan should be periodically […]

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When a Sex Offender Resides in Your Health Care Facility: Know Your Rights and Obligations

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Over the past several years, our firm has fielded an influx of concerns from health care facility clients who have learned that there is a registered sex offender living amongst their resident population.  Pursuant to the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), individuals who have been convicted of the most severe offenses are designated “Level 3” […]

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National Healthcare Decisions Day

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April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day, a day for all of us to take stock and ask ourselves: “Do I have Advance Directives: a Health Care Proxy, Living Will and Power of Attorney? Who will make health care decisions for me if I am unable to? What are my end-of-life wishes and have I […]

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Retirement Savings and Required Minimum Distributions: A Review of the Rules

Retirement savings are critical for all of us but so is following the strict laws and rules when taking distributions. Unfortunately, these rules have been changing practically every year, making what was plain old vanilla annual withdrawals now an adventure not for the faint of heart. So let’s check in and review the current rules […]

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New York Proposes to Eliminate the Medicaid Resource Test in 2023

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The proposed FY 2023 Executive Budget seeks to eliminate the resource test and raise the income cap for seniors and individuals with disabilities to 138% of the Federal Poverty Level in order to align with MAGI income. Should this portion of the budget pass, and at this point there’s no reason to believe that it […]

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National Healthcare Decisions Day: Do You Have Advance Directives?

As published in the Long Island Press, longislandpress.com, and danspapers.com A person with capacity can communicate their wishes to medical professionals regarding their health care decisions, but what happens if you are unable to do so? A Health Care Proxy and Living Will permit individuals to engage in advance medical care planning and are critical in the event of […]

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