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Every effective estate plan should address your end-of-life care as well as what happens after your death. Specifically, your plan should designate individuals who can make decisions on your behalf should you become incapacitated and unable to do so. Such incapacitation can be temporary, such as a coma after an accident, or long-lasting, such as […]

Elder Law & Legal Resources on the Web

March 31st, 2017 by David Goldfarb

Elder Law Related Legal Resources on the Web Access America for Seniors: a government-wide initiative to deliver electronic services from government agencies and organizations to seniors (sponsored by the National Partnership for Reinventing Government and the Government Information Technology Services). National Senior Citizens Law Center: Current issues in Medicaid, Medicare, SSI, benefits and eligibility. Resources […]

New York State Medicaid Law

January 9th, 2017 by David Goldfarb

New York Medicaid Attorneys Don’t make a mistake with Medicaid eligibility; contact a New York elder law attorney with knowledge of Medicaid law.  Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP is a law firm that handles New York Medicaid cases. Updated with 2017 income, resource and penalty rates Introduction Medicaid is a joint federal, state and […]

New York Elder Law

April 2nd, 2014 by David Goldfarb

For over 20 years the law firm of Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP has advocated for people with disabilities. Concentrating in elder law, trusts & estates, and the rights of people with disabilities, we have aided countless families, attorneys, social workers and financial planners.   Health Care Coverage Estate Planning including Trusts and Wills […]

Article 81 of New York’s Mental Hygiene Law authorizes a court to appoint a guardian to manage the personal and/or financial affairs of a person who cannot manage for himself or herself because of incapacity[1]. Not all Article 81 guardians (hereinafter “guardians”) in New York have the same powers. Guardianship orders are specifically tailored so […]

Ten Biggest Mistakes You Can Make In Your Estate Plan

February 8th, 2014 by David Goldfarb

Writing a “Top Ten” list for mistakes in an estate plan is especially challenging, as there are a myriad of mistakes that people, and their planners, can make. But in my years of being involved in all aspects of estates – from the drafting of wills, to administering estates after someone dies, to fighting in […]

Most People Should Sign A Health Care Proxy Form If you are like most people, it is a better idea to sign a health care proxy form rather than to rely on the laws of the State of New York to determine who would make health care decisions for you if you became mentally incapacitated. […]

New Rules For Trustees In New York

September 6th, 2013 by David Goldfarb

On September 4, 2001, Governor Pataki signed into law 2001 N.Y. Laws 243, which made substantial changes to the Estates Powers and Trusts Law. The two most important changes to the EPTL are the powers to make adjustments between principal and income, and the ability to compute income using a “unitrust” computation. Power to Adjust. […]