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7 Reasons to Create an Estate Plan During the Holidays

For many, the holidays are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family and reflect on the past year. Here are seven reasons why the holiday season is the perfect time to work with an elder law attorney in New York to create your estate plan. 1. You Will Be With Your Loved Ones  […]

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The Difference Between Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys

As published in the Long Island Press, on and  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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5 Types of Trusts in New York

A comprehensive estate plan allows you and your family to feel financially secure and confident. A trust is the most important document at the foundation of that plan. An asset protection plan allows a family to rest assured that not all assets will be spent down on the cost of long-term health care. A trust […]

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Why Hire An Elder Law Attorney

If you are concerned with the health and financial welfare of an older adult in your life, you need to hire an Elder Law Attorney. Elder Law is a very specialized area of law that focuses on the legal needs of older adults. It encompasses key issues facing adults as they age, such as long-term […]

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Health Care Proxy vs. Living Will: What’s the Difference?

Health Care Proxies and Living Wills are related, but separate, legal documents. These important documents allow you to keep control of key health care decisions by making arrangements in advance and appointing trusted agents to assist you in the future. These essential estate planning documents allow you to designate a medical decision-maker and provide them […]

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Estate Planning for Your Pets: Arranging for the Care of Your Beloved Pets After Your Become Incapacitated or Pass

Like countless pet owners, you may be deeply concerned about the welfare of your pets after you pass away or distressed about your pet’s care should you become incapacitated or require care in a healthcare facility. Like your other loved ones, you can provide for your pets with proper estate planning. Pet Trusts A Pet […]

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Legislature simplifies the power of attorney process

Published in Long Island Business News by Julianne Mosher Back in December, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed new legislation, making significant changes to the power of attorney statute. The changes revised, and essentially simplified, the old form and replaced it with one that is easier to understand. But the changes also offer an opportunity for people […]

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Governor Cuomo Protects Seniors and the Disabled with Homeowner’s Tax Benefit: Have You Taken Steps to Protect Your Home?

Governor Cuomo signed an Executive Order today providing homeowner’s tax support for low-income seniors and the disabled, both of whom have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Executive Order eliminates the in-person renewal requirement for property tax exemptions for low-income senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Accordingly, vulnerable seniors and people with […]

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2021 Legislative Changes Simplify the Power of Attorney Process

Governor Cuomo has just signed new legislation that makes significant changes to the power of attorney statute. It introduces a revised and somewhat simplified statutory form to replace the existing form. The most notable change is the removal of the separate statutory gifts rider, which was a significant source of confusion. Instead, the authority to […]

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COVID’s Wakeup Call

By: Julianne Mosher, Long Island Business News It might seem morbid to some, but people are preparing for the worst – just in case. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit New York in mid-March, law firms began to see an increase in clients inquiring about estate planning. To alleviate anxiety and plan for an untimely death, […]

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