What Is Estate Planning?

February 14th, 2019 by David Goldfarb

Too many people think that estate planning only pertains to senior citizens and that it is only for wealthy individuals. Both are misconceptions, however, as adults of all ages can benefit from  estate planning no matter their financial situation. Every adult has an estate. Some estates involve real estate, investment accounts, and more, while others […]

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 […]

New York Legal Resources

February 10th, 2019 by David Goldfarb

New York Laws, Regulations & Policies N.Y. Consolidated Laws, Session Laws, Legislative Bills N.Y. Health & Welfare Regulations: Title 10 Title 18 New York Medicaid Reference Guide (MRG) Official Policies (ADM, INF & GIS): 1996 – present NYS DOH Medicaid Library of Official Documents (ADM, INF & GIS): 1996 – present Medicaid Policy Directives to […]

Ten Biggest Mistakes You Can Make In Your Estate Plan

February 8th, 2019 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. […]

The number of aging individuals of Latin American descent in New York City is increasing, and it is not expected to stop growing anytime soon. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging recently reported there were about 3.6 million Latin American people over the age of 65 in the United States, […]

Elder Law Concerns as Alzheimer’s Rate Steadily Rises

January 17th, 2019 by David Goldfarb

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Alzheimer’s disease is currently the fifth-leading cause of death in the United States for individuals age 65 and older. About 5 million people in the U.S. live with Alzheimer’s, which is about 1.6 percent of our country’s overall population. However, a new study shows that […]

Second Marriage Planning

January 10th, 2019 by David Goldfarb

People who go through a divorce often go on to remarry in the future, which can often result in a blended family. Blended families may include children from your previous relationship, children from your new spouse’s previous relationship, and/or children that you and your spouse have or adopt together. While beginning a new family dynamic […]

The Jimmo Case and the Medicare Improvement Standard

January 5th, 2019 by David Goldfarb

Senior Law Attorney New York

A settlement agreement in the 2013 case of Jimmo v. Sebelius clarified the “improvement standard” that Medicare used when determining when to grant benefits for skilled nursing care, outpatient therapy, or home health care. Now, anyone seeking benefits for these types of care should fully know their rights under the agreement. Prior to the case, […]

The Components of an Elder Law Estate Plan

December 28th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

Elder Law Attorney in New York

Estate planning is a complicated matter, and there are certain considerations that arise when creating an estate plan for older adults. Below is some information about the basic components of an elder law estate plan. Every estate plan should be carefully tailored to an individual’s specific situation, so it’s important to talk to a New […]