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New York State Medicaid Law

September 11th, 2019 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 2019 income, resource and penalty rates Introduction Medicaid is a joint federal, state and […]

Know the Medicare Deductibles and Premiums for 2019

September 11th, 2019 by David Goldfarb

The coming of the New Year means many things, including making resolutions, starting a new tax year, and new rates for Medicare premiums and deductibles, as announced by the federal government. Medicare benefits help many people cover the costs of long-term care and other medical treatment. However, these benefits do not always come without out-of-pocket […]

If you earn a living and consider planning ahead for retirement, you have likely heard the phrases “defined benefit plan” and “defined contribution plan.” However, while many people may see these terms, they may not fully understand the differences between these retirement income programs, even if they are enrolled in one type of plan. Make […]

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 […]