Estate Planning

Will Medicaid Pay for My Home Care? [VIDEO]

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New York State’s budget passed in the Spring of 2020 was approved and there are some changes that have been passed that everybody should know about. Effective on October 1, 2020, there will be what’s called a two-and-a-half-year look-back period for the Medicaid program. This is important to know about,…

Ease the Fear — Know HOW and WHY Legal Fees Are Charged [VIDEO]

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 One of the things that has come up consistently throughout my career as an attorney is the universal fear of legal fees.  Everyone who needs legal services, for one reason or another, and regardless of the topic area, is always concerned about how much representation is going to cost…

Who Are You Going Trust to Be Your Trustee?

Who Are You Going Trust to Be Your Trustee? by Lisa Leonick

In order to answer this question, you need to understand a trustee’s job description. If you ask someone to be a trustee, you’re asking them to safeguard your property, perhaps for your benefit and certainly for the benefit of future beneficiaries of the trust. Trusts come in different shapes and…

Luke Perry Gave His Family a Gift

Luke Perry Gave His Family A Gift by Lisa Leonick

On February 27th, Beverly Hills 90210 star Luke Perry died quite unexpectedly. Despite being only 52, Perry had the foresight to give his family the gift of peace by planning for his own care and his estate. When a loved one is lost, it’s very comforting to know that the…

Why You Shouldn’t Put Your House in Your Children’s Names

Why You Shouldn’t Put Your House in Your Children’s Names by James Leonick

Many of our clients come to us asking whether they should transfer their house to their children in order to avoid the future possibility of a nursing home or Medicaid creating a lien on it. There are some occasions where putting the house in a child’s name might make sense….

Legal Resolutions for the New Year

Legal Resolutions for the New Year by James Leonick

At the start of every new year, there’s a mad rush for anything having to do with new beginnings and organizing your life, but it’s important to organize your legal and financial matters as well. This is something that most people should consider yearly. In the areas of practice that…

Estate Planning 101: The Importance of Basic Estate Planning

Estate Planning 101: The Importance of Basic Estate Planning by James Leonick

Everyone over the age of 18 should have basic estate planning in place. This includes the following four different documents:  Last Will and Testament; Power of Attorney; Healthcare Proxy; and Living Will.  Last Will and Testament  This document describes what will happen to your property upon your death and appoints…

Legal Resolutions for the New Year

Legal Resolutions for the New Year by James Leonick

At the start of every new year, there’s a mad rush for anything having to do with new beginnings and organizing your life, but it’s important to organize your legal and financial matters as well. This is something that most people should consider yearly. In the areas of practice that…

Long-Term Care Reality Check

Long-Term Care Reality Check by James Leonick

Why is long-term care important? As we age, certain tasks — like opening child-proof bottles — get more difficult. When disability becomes so great that we can no longer perform the basic activities of daily living (ADL), long-term care is needed. ADLs include: Getting dressed in the morning; Cooking meals; Getting…

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