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Why You Need a Certified Elder Law Attorney

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by
November 17th, 2017 / Richard Shapiro / Comments Off on Why You Need a Certified Elder Law Attorney
When you look for an attorney to help you with a special needs or elder law issue, you should look first at Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA®) near you. Why? Because they have demonstrated that they understand your legal problems, and they can help you. The Certified Elder Law Attorney Read more

BETTER BUSINESS: The Triple Bottom Line

Posted on: October 24th, 2017 by
October 24th, 2017 / Austin DuBois / Comments Off on BETTER BUSINESS: The Triple Bottom Line
“No man is an island,” wrote poet John Donne, and certainly the same is true of any small business. The beauty of working with people who own and operate a small and/or family-owned business is that those people usually understand how important their surrounding community is to their own prosperity. Read more

Establishing a Joint Bank Account with a Child May Ruin Your Estate Plan—and Your Family

Posted on: October 20th, 2017 by
October 20th, 2017 / Richard Shapiro / Comments Off on Establishing a Joint Bank Account with a Child May Ruin Your Estate Plan—and Your Family
The recent New York case of In Re Asch provides a cautionary tale of an all-too common problem that often destroys a family. Mrs. Asch had signed a will that, as with most parents, left her probate assets equally between her children, in this case her two daughters. The key Read more

THE IMPORTANCE OF TITLE: The Pitfalls of Joint Ownership

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by
October 16th, 2017 / Megan Conroy / Comments Off on THE IMPORTANCE OF TITLE: The Pitfalls of Joint Ownership
When people think about estate planning, the last will they executed 20 years ago undoubtedly comes to mind. Most never consider that the way their accounts are owned will have specific, possibly undesirable after-death consequences. In fact, coordinating how you own your assets with your estate planning goals is vital Read more

Medicaid Asset Protection Trust

Posted on: October 16th, 2017 by
October 16th, 2017 / Richard Shapiro / Comments Off on Medicaid Asset Protection Trust
Given the escalating costs of long-term care (Orange County nursing homes currently cost an average of almost $12,000.00 per month), not surprisingly, people are searching for ways to shelter their hard-earned assets from the potentially devastating financial effects of a lengthy stay in a nursing home. If long-term care insurance Read more

Joint Bank Accounts with a Child May Ruin Your Estate Plan & Your Family

Posted on: August 20th, 2017 by
August 20th, 2017 / Richard Shapiro / Comments Off on Joint Bank Accounts with a Child May Ruin Your Estate Plan & Your Family
The recent New York case of In Re Asch provides a cautionary tale of an all-too-common problem that often destroys a family. Mrs. Asch had signed a will that, as with most parents, left her probate assets equally between her children, in this case her two daughters. The key term Read more

What to Expect When Hiring an Elder Law Attorney

Posted on: July 17th, 2017 by
July 17th, 2017 / Richard Shapiro / Comments Off on What to Expect When Hiring an Elder Law Attorney
Meeting with an elder law attorney is a significant step. People should understand what the elder law planning process involves, and what your attorney will need from you to make the process the most effective it can be. First, don’t have the mind-set that planning revolves around a particular legal Read more

When Buying a Home, Is a Survey Required?

Posted on: June 30th, 2017 by
June 30th, 2017 / Rita Rich / Comments Off on When Buying a Home, Is a Survey Required?
  Some banks no longer require a survey of residential property being funded, making the need for a survey a decision for the homebuyer. Unless there is an existing survey provided by the seller that can be appropriately updated, the buyer’s attorney will recommend that a licensed surveyor be engaged Read more

The Cost of Elder Care: Options at a Glance

Posted on: June 15th, 2017 by
June 15th, 2017 / Austin DuBois / Comments Off on The Cost of Elder Care: Options at a Glance
Proactively addressing the care you may require as you age is critically important. The results of failing to plan cannot only be financially devastating and result in a lack of proper day-to-day care for yourself, it can also cause significant stress on your family and even separation from your spouse. Read more

An “Irrevocable” Trust May Not Be Irrevocable After All

Posted on: June 14th, 2017 by
June 14th, 2017 / Richard Shapiro / Comments Off on An “Irrevocable” Trust May Not Be Irrevocable After All
The most common client request in my elder law practice is the desire to protect a residence and other assets from the high cost of long-term care, which in the Hudson Valley will often exceed $12,000 per month. Proactive planning requires that the client make gifts of selected assets, with Read more
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