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Health Care Proxy: A Must for College Age Children

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As published in the Long Island Press, on longislandpress.com and danspapers.com Imagine this scenario: You are the parent of a college student. Your telephone rings one evening and on the other end is your child’s roommate telling you that your child was just rushed to the emergency room. You call the hospital for information and identify […]

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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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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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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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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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Non-probate Assets: Are Your Beneficiary Designations Up to Date?

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As published in the Long Island Press, longislandpress.com, and danspapers.com Up-to-date beneficiary designations are an important part of maintaining the health of your overall estate plan. When naming a beneficiary to an account, such as life insurance, retirement plans, annuities, accounts POD (payable on death), or TOD (transfer on death), such assets will pass outside of […]

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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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Estate Tax Planning: Gifting to Heirs

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As published in the Long Island Press, on longislandpress.com and danspapers.com 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, […]

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Holiday Family Gatherings Are A Time to Assess Older Loved Ones

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Published in The Long Island Press, on longislandpress.com and danspapers.com.  Holiday family gatherings are not just good for catching-up; they are an opportunity to assess your older loved one’s status and needs. Certain clues can reveal a decline in mental or physical abilities. Here are some things to look out for: Physical Appearance and Household […]

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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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