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Top 6 Tips for Maintaining Your Independence


February is Senior Independence Month. We all want to remain independent, stay in our homes, and age in place as long as possible. Here are some tips to help older adults maintain their independence: Stay Physically Active Studies show that even a little exercise, such as a 20-minute walk, has valuable and long-lasting health benefits. […]

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The King’s Daughter’s Codicil

We often hear stories of celebrities with millions of dollars passing away without a Will, like Michael Jackson, Pablo Picasso, Prince, Aretha Franklin, and Aaron Carter, to name a few. Elder law and estate planning attorneys shake their heads and wonder how this could possibly happen and the devastation this may wreak on the surviving […]

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Do I Need a Trust?

As you plan for your future healthcare needs, what steps should you take to protect your assets? Should you set up a trust? If so, how do you know what kind of trust is right for you? Types of Trusts  There are many different kinds of trusts, each of which serves a different purpose. Some […]

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Legal Alert: The Continuous Coverage Requirement for NYS Medicaid Program Has Ended

In December 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) unlinked the Medicaid continuous coverage requirement from the public health emergency for the first time since March 2020. As a result of this change in the law, each state will be permitted to begin redetermining Medicaid eligibility as of February 1, 2023. According to the NYC Human Resources […]

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Senior Dreams Come True Grants First Wish of 2023

Linda D., an East End senior, found herself in a difficult situation when her refrigerator stopped working. After recently losing her husband to a years-long battle with cancer, the inconvenience of a broken freezer filled with spoiled defrosted food was intolerable. Cona Elder Law partnered with the Family Service League to “Adopt a Senior” as […]

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Legal Alert: New Law Means All Medicaid Recipients Must Recertify Beginning in April 2023

Since the onset of the Public Health Emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic, federal law has required each state to maintain Medicaid eligibility for its Medicaid recipients in exchange for receiving billions of dollars in Medicaid funding, commonly referred to as the continuous coverage requirement. Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), Medicaid recipients […]

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Start the New Year by Getting Your Ducks in a Row

Every competent adult should execute a Last Will and Testament. This legal document determines how your estate will be distributed upon your death. It keeps decision-making in your hands, where it belongs, allowing you to dispose of your assets to whom and in whatever manner you see fit. What Happens If You Die Without a […]

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Estate Planning: Gifting to Heirs

As the holiday season is upon us and the tax year is coming to a close, it is a good time to consider making tax-advantaged gifts to your loved ones and heirs. There are many ways to do this, which can fit any budget, tax purpose and family need. Annual Exclusion Gifts In 2023, you […]

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How To Protect Your Parent’s Assets From Nursing Home Costs

Asset protection– It’s something that many people don’t think about until it’s too late. When a parent or loved one enters a nursing home, the cost of care can quickly eat away at their life savings. In order to protect your parent’s assets from nursing home costs, there are a few things you can do.  […]

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Aaron Carter

Aaron Carter’s Death Emphasizes the Importance of Having a Will

At the age of 34, Aaron Carter, musician and teenage heartthrob of the 1990s, has reportedly passed away without a Will. What does this mean for his loved ones and family members, including his brother, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter? He is survived by a fiancée, but not a surviving spouse. What inheritance rights, if any, […]

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