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17-A Guardianship

By Brian Miller, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Chronic Medicaid vs. Community Medicaid in New York State Seniors who need long-term care should know that these services are not covered by Medicare, so they will need to either purchase long-term care insurance, pay out of pocket, or apply for Medicaid. In New York State, there are two different Medicaid programs: Community Medicaid, which covers care at home, such as a personal …

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New York Long-Term Care Planning Attorneys

By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq. Recently, several clients have asked whether they could write their own will.  I am sure that many more have thought about this, but haven’t asked.  I think the better question to ask is:  should you write your own will?  After all, there are several online services available to help and how complicated can it be, right?  Let’s discuss some of the things that can go …

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How to Fix a Broken Estate Plan

New York Asset Protection Lawyer

By Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP Challenges may arise if a person decides to write their own will. Lawyers do much more than draft documents. Lawyers make sure that the documents are drafted accurately and reflect your wishes and estate planning objectives. After all, once you are deceased it is likely too late to fix any mistakes you made in drafting your own will. There is however, at …

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International Caregiving

The difference between “home health care” and “non-medical in-home care” is not always clear, but it is a distinction with a big difference. “Home health care” is covered by Medicare, but “non-medical in-home care” is not. Senior citizens who fail to pay sufficient attention to which side of the line their in-home services fall may be in for a bad surprise when the provider’s bill comes due. Aside from mere …

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By Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP We all wish you a holiday season filled with peace, joy, and success. We recognize how difficult this season can be for those with disabilities or mental health challenges and for the elderly. During this time of year, especially, we remember all of those vulnerable individuals, particularly those who do not have the appropriate understanding, services,  home or placement. At the same …

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Estate Planning for Young Families

By Ryan J. Byrnes, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” when George Bailey stands on that bridge outside Bedford Falls, contemplating whether life for his young wife and five children really would be better without him, George has just one tangible asset: the $15,000 life insurance policy tucked in his suit pocket. Small-town banker George Bailey, a paragon of self-sacrifice and family responsibility, knew that …

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Happy Senior Couple On Vacation

Statistically, senior citizens are one of the happiest demographic groups in the United States. With age comes acceptance of one’s strengths and weaknesses, wisdom and an appreciation that each day is a gift not to be taken for granted. Gone are the days of competition, comparison and stress. Time opens up to allow more space for friends and family and diversions set aside earlier in life. In fact, some studies …

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Medicare beneficiaries have a once-a-year chance to modify their drug prescription plans and switch to a Medicare Advantage plan for 2019. The 2019 Medicare Open Enrollment period is just around the corner. From October 15 to December 7, current Medicare beneficiaries will have the opportunity to change important aspects of their health insurance coverages. Now is the time to start thinking about 2019. Will this year’s coverages meet a beneficiaries’ …

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International Caregiving

Perhaps it was the sight of a fresh dent on your mother’s car, or a report from a family member about an unnecessarily exciting excursion when Dad was behind the wheel. Maybe it’s just the sense that Dad is having a lot of trouble getting around in that big old car. Regardless of the cause, in many families, there comes a time when family members begin to seriously question whether …

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Multi-Generational Homes: A Checklist

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Multi-generational living arrangements are on the rise, and for good reason. Growing numbers of aging parents are seeking both comfortable surroundings and affordable care by sharing space with family members. Millennials are moving back into their parents’ home until they acquire sufficient income to live independently. And in some cases multi-generational households are being created merely because family members are discovering that they can purchase a larger, more desirable residence …

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