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The New Power of Attorney Laws: What Health Care Facilities Need to Know to Avoid Liability

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by Senior Associate Dana Walsh Sivak New York State recently passed legislation simplifying the Power of Attorney (POA) document and its execution.  Every Power of Attorney executed on or after June 13, 2021 must comply with the new rules. The new laws leave health care facilities facing potential exposure when handling resident funds through the […]

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2021 Power of Attorney Changes: A Step in the Right Direction

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As published in the New York Law Journal on September 13, 2021.By Marcus O’Toole-Gelo, Partner The New York power of attorney is a classic and essential tool that has been through numerous iterations over the years. Prior changes to the statutory form (including 1994, 1997, 2009 and 2010) were intended to modernize and improve the […]

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Jennifer B. Cona recognized by Best Lawyers in 2022

Jennifer Cona Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2022

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Jennifer Cona Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 for Elder Law & Health Care Law As the Founder and Managing Partner of Cona Elder Law Jennifer Cona not only efficiently manages the firm but continually seeks to grow and evolve the law firm through creative lawyering, powerful leadership and progressive initiatives. Ms. Cona is recognized as a pioneer […]

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Video Chatting with Loved Ones: An Opportunity to Assess

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While we are enduring this pandemic, and forced to limit physical contact with our elder loved ones, we are relying on video “chatting” technology to catch-up, keep them company and stay connected. This also provides an ideal opportunity to assess their status and needs. Here are some things to look out for: Change in Personal […]

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Special Needs Planning

TOP TEN ESTATE PLANNING TIPS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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Today, children with a wide variety of special needs live long and productive lives. Advancements in medical science and healthcare plus the availability of innovative resources that provide occupational training, employment and independent living assistance have helped make this possible.  The legal field has also refined estate planning tools to ensure that children with special […]

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Spotlight Long Island: Cona Elder Law Founder Jennifer Cona on the law firm’s mission, secret sauce, and new initiatives

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Published in the August 2019 edition of the Long Island Press: Spotlight Long Island As Cona Elder Law celebrated its 20th anniversary and was named the #1 Elder Law firm on Long Island for the 8th consecutive year, the firm and its attorneys continue to be leaders in the field, creating programs and initiatives responsive […]

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Health Care Proxy for College Students

Health Care Proxy: A Must For Parents With College-Age Children

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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 yourself as the parent. The hospital advises you that because […]

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Have You Planned for Your Pet?

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The recent death of fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld who was rarely seen without his beloved cat Choupette, reminds us that, for many, a pet is as much a member of the family as a child or grandchild. Planning for pets is an important part of your estate plan, even for those of us who aren’t […]

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Cona Elder Law Finds $250,000 in Unclaimed Funds for 86 Year Old

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One of the duties of a guardian or an executor of an estate is to locate and collect assets, including unclaimed funds. When financial accounts are inactive for too long, they are eventually turned over to the Office of the New York State Comptroller.Currently, the Comptroller holds over $15 billion in unclaimed funds! Unclaimed funds can […]

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April 16th is National Healthcare Decisions Day

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Do you have Advanced Directives? Do your loved ones know your wishes? National Healthcare Decisions Day is the day to ask yourself:Who will make my health care decisions if I am unable to?How will my family know my end of life wishes?If my family disagrees, how can I make sure that my wishes are followed? […]

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