Elder Law

Veterans’ Benefits in Estate Planning

June 3, 2011

Burial Expenses for Service Related Death The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs pays up to $2,000.00 for burial expenses for service-related deaths on or after September 11, 2001.  Some or all of the cost for transportation of the deceased may be reimbursed if the veteran is buried in a Veterans’ National Cemetery. Burial Expenses for […]

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May 31, 2011

HIPAA Protects Patient Privacy The “The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996” (also known as HIPAA) is a Federal Law which protects patient information from being shared with anyone other than the patient.  Part of HIPAA is what is known as the Security Rule which requires medical providers to ensure electronic health information […]

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May 24, 2011

Joint Account vs. Payable on Death Accounts The main difference between a payable on death bank account and a joint bank account is the control of the account while the named account holder is alive.  A joint account is controlled equally by both named account holders and two signatures may be required to close the […]

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Inheriting Intellectual Property

May 3, 2011

Intellectual property includes patents and copyrights. Patents and copyrights give inventors, authors, artists and musicians exclusive rights to financially benefit from their creations for a limited time. They protect the items from being copied and from someone else financially benefiting from them. Copyrights typically include: Original Poems, Stories, and Novels Original Songs Original movie scripts […]

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Power of Attorney in New York

April 20, 2011

New York Statutory Power of Attorney Form There is a standard form dictated by statute in New York which can be used to assign power of attorney that cannot be altered in order to be legally valid. The principal (or person creating the rights) assigns someone to be responsible for taking care of all or […]

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Elder Law and Medicare

April 15, 2011

Medicare Basics Medicare provides medical care for eligible individuals who are over age 65 or who have certain disabilities under age 65 (such as someone who is blind or has kidney failure).  There are two standard health insurance plans offered through Medicare:  hospital and medical, also known as Part A and Part B.  Each plan […]

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Long Term Planning for Health and Finances

April 11, 2011

Successful Long Term Care Planning We all like to think of ourselves, and even our parents, as indestructible but if we are lucky enough to live a long life, we will likely become incapacitated on some level as we age.  Planning for that time is not something people like to think about, but nothing could […]

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Elder Law Basics

April 8, 2011

Elder Law in New York and New Jersey is a growing area of law which is commonly misunderstood.  Elder Law is a client-centered area of law. The name “Elder Law” though can be a little deceiving. While many people using the services of an Elder Law Attorney are actually older individuals, Elder Law attorneys help […]

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