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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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