Medicare Basics and Elder Law Planning

This video is a great introduction to Medicare basics such as who should be applying for Medicare and when, as well as information about the part B premiums, premium penalty, open enrollment periods, and various plans.  The video also touches upon the significance of Medicaid planning due to the fact that Medicare doesn’t cover all medical expenses such as long term care, etc.

Medicaid and Elder Law Planning Post Covid-19

Please listen as I present alongside another premier elder lawyer on Medicaid and Elder law following the coronavirus pandemic.  This webinar covers trust planning (both asset and income/Pooled trusts) for Medicaid eligibility, the Medicaid application process and addresses various aspects of the CDPAP program (where family members can work as the home health aides).  Significantly, we speak about the sweeping changes to home care Medicaid and the new “lookback”/penalty period for home care services (now pushed back to be effective for all Medicaid applications submitted after January 1, 2022).

New 2021 Power of Attorney (POA) Effective June 13, 2021

New Power of Attorney Form Required in New York Effective June 13, 2021

On December 15, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed into law changes to the New York Power of Attorney (“POA”) law, which will took effect on June 13, 2021.  A new POA form must be used as of that date.  However, POA’s that were executed prior to June 13, 2021 in accordance with the then applicable law, will not be impacted and the agency granted may continued to be relied upon.  All POA’s drafted or executed after June 13, must “substantially conform” to the new POA law.  Continue reading “New 2021 Power of Attorney (POA) Effective June 13, 2021”

траст без передачи или титула ничего не стоит! — The Importance of Funding a Trust


Траст может быть прекрасно создан и предназначен для защиты ваших активов от кредиторов. Однако, если вы на самом деле не переименуете собственность и не «профинансируете» траст, этот инструмент будет так же полезен, как туалетная бумага … Continue reading “траст без передачи или титула ничего не стоит! — The Importance of Funding a Trust”

New York Spousal Elective Share – It’s Not Easy to Disinherit a Spouse

Under New York law, you have the right to 1/3 of your deceased spouse’s property even if the Will says you get nothing. It’s not easy to disinterest a spouse but with good estate planning, including prenuptial agreements it can be achieved. Make sure your estate is planned to avoid unintended consequences even if you already have a prenup.