Articles for Seniors

Additional information on the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Copayment and premium amounts for 2017: Part B premium: $109 per month on average. If your income is above $85,000 (single) or $170,000 (married couple), then your Medicare Part B premium may be higher. Co-payments: Inpatient hospital deductible: $1,316. Inpatient hospital copay for days 61 – 90: […]

Medicaid Coverage of Home Care in New York

August 22nd, 2017 by David Goldfarb

Many New Yorkers require home health assistance for a variety of reasons. Some people may need therapy services, others may need bathing assistance or help managing medication, while others may require around-the-clock care by a home health professional.  Whatever type of home care you or a family member may need, however, the cost can be […]

Know Your Rights: Observation Status

August 1st, 2017 by David Goldfarb

Medicare has limited coverage for nursing home care.  Also, Medicare will only cover care you get in a nursing home if you first have a “qualifying hospital stay.” A qualifying hospital stay means you’ve been a hospital inpatient for at least three days in a row. Your doctor may order “observation services” to help decide […]

Planning for Children with Special Needs

July 25th, 2017 by David Goldfarb

Seniors often have adult children with disabilities who will likely need a personalized and effective plan in place to protect their interests throughout their lives. Our attorneys regularly assist parents in planning for the future for children with special needs and we are confident that we can provide the highest quality of assistance for you […]

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 […]

Elder Law Attorneys on the Web

August 26th, 2015 by David Goldfarb

This is a listing of Elder Law attorneys with pages on the Web and does not constitute a recommendation or referral by Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP or SeniorLaw.com. Alabama Davis & Neal (Dothan Opelika, Maontgomery & Mobile, AL) Ryan, Hicks, Cumpton & Cumpton, LLP (Huntsville & Mobile, AL ) Sidney C. Summey (Birmingham, […]

Will Contests – The Basics

April 19th, 2015 by David Goldfarb

Will contests typically focus on the following three issues: due execution, testamentary capacity, and undue influence. Due execution.   The requirements for due execution in New York are minimal, but important. In New York, with certain exceptions, the testator (the legal term for the person signing his or her will) must sign the will either in […]

What is a Living Will? A Living Will is a written statement that expresses your desires with regard to health care treatment if you become mentally incapable and/or physically incapable of expressing those desires. It can include, but need not be limited to, instructions concerning the termination of life support. What is a Health Care […]

LIVING TRUST – IS IT RIGHT FOR YOU?

May 27th, 2014 by David Goldfarb

  What is a “Living Trust”?  Living trusts[1] (also known as “revocable trusts” and “revocable living trusts”) are often useful devices that can be used, in tandem with something called a “pourover will” (discussed below) to avoid probate or reduce the probate process’s affect on your loved ones after you die. A living trust acts […]

New York’s Estate Tax Dramatic Changes

April 30th, 2014 by David Goldfarb

April 2, 2014 — New York’s Estate Tax law has just undergone its most dramatic changes since the late 1990s, with long overdue increases in tax exemption that will eventually equal the Federal Estate Tax exemption, but also with a “cliff” that results in the loss of any exemption from New York Estate Taxation altogether […]