Articles for Seniors

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 Jimmo Case and the Medicare Improvement Standard

January 5th, 2019 by David Goldfarb

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, […]

Elder Law Estate Planning Issues for Women

December 21st, 2018 by David Goldfarb

As elder law attorneys in New York, our team has many tools to design comprehensive estate plans for our clients to preserve wealth and plan for future health issues and financial support. However, each estate plan is unique since each person’s situation is unique. We carefully evaluate the financial and physical situation of each client […]

The Citizens Budget Commission (CBC) suggested ways to eliminate the shares of Medicaid costs paid by local governments in New York, which totals about $7 billion. A CBC report, “Still a Poor Way to Pay for Medicaid,” indicated that currently, local governments across the state commit an average of 8.6 percent of their respective annual […]

Immigration laws allow officials to deny green cards and visas to immigrants who are likely to become a public charge in the future. While the law did not specifically define what factors could lead to this determination, immigration officers have long used the guiding principle that a public charge is someone who may likely become […]

Speeding You Through the New York State Probate Process

November 16th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

Probate is the legal process that takes place when a person dies leaving a will. The New York State probate process can be difficult to navigate through. For more information about the probate process, you should contact the experienced New York estate planning lawyers at Goldfarb, Abrandt, Salzman & Kutzin LLP. Our knowledgeable lawyers can […]

Young Family Estate Planning

November 9th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

Many young families overlook the need to plan for unexpected death or disability. Every young parent should have several important documents, including a will, a power of attorney, and a health care proxy in place. All of these documents are part of a Young Family Estate Plan—otherwise known as a YFEP. The primary purpose of […]

Estate Planning for Singles and Couples Without Children

October 26th, 2018 by David Goldfarb

You do not have children, so having an estate plan is not necessary, right? Unfortunately, many people believe this to be true and fail to take any steps toward drafting a comprehensive estate plan. This is especially true for individuals or couples who do not own property or consider themselves to be wealthy. The idea […]