Who Qualifies As A Special Needs Individual In New York For Guardianships?

When a person turns 18 in New York, he or she gains the legal rights of adulthood, including the right to decide where to live, the right to enter into contracts, the right to decide about medical treatment, and more. However, people with serious mental disabilities or those who are developmentally disabled typically need assistance…

Why Do I Need To Do A Pour-Over Will If I Do A Living Trust In New York?

Why do I need to do a Pour-Over Will if I do a Living Trust in New York? Your estate planning attorney may have recommended that you do a revocable living trust as the key document in your estate plan, rather than a Will. A revocable living trust, if done correctly, will allow your estate…

My Father Just Got Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease in New York – Should I Seek Guardianship Immediately?

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia in New York, often family members believe they should become appointed guardian over that individual immediately. They may be unsure about the best way to plan for the eventual incapacity of the individual. They will want to do everything as quickly as possible to make…

I Have Been Named As Executor For An Estate In New York, But Live Out Of State. What Should I Do?

Under New York law, a non-New York resident is allowed to be an Executor, Trustee, or Administrator of a New York trust or estate. If you are not in New York and have been named as Executor, you may feel overwhelmed and may be unsure of what to do. Fortunately, most of the correspondence and…

What Can I Do If I Believe A Will In New York Was Forged?

If a Will in New York was properly executed in the presence of an attorney, it’s presumed to be valid. If the Will was signed correctly in front of witnesses, but the signature was forged, the heirs of the decedent may have grounds to challenge the Will. The signature on the Will may not have…

Seminar – Medicaid Laws

“FOURTEEN WAYS TO PRESERVE YOUR ASSETS WITH THE NEW YORK MEDICAID LAWS” will be presented at the Noco Pavilion, 450 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150 on Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm. Speakers are Robert Friedman of Friedman & Ranzenhofer, Attorneys and Robert Wilson of M&T Reverse Mortgages. Learn how to preserve your assets…

I Am A Veteran – Can I Get Assistance In Paying For A Nursing Home In New York?

For many people, paying for a nursing home or nursing care can be difficult. If an individual doesn’t have sufficient resources or a long-term care insurance policy, choices may be limited. However, if the individual (or his or her spouse) is a veteran, he or she may qualify for Aid and Attendance Pension. Any war-time…

Who Can Initiate A Guardianship Proceeding For An Incapacitated Adult In New York?

Article 81 of New York’s Mental Hygiene Law allows for the appointment of a guardian for an incapacitated person. The court can appoint a guardian for an individual if it is found that the appointment is necessary to help the person with his or her personal needs or to manage his or her financial affairs,…

What is a New York State Partnership Long Term Care Insurance Policy?

The New York State Partnership for Long Term Care is a New York state program through the Department of Health. The partnership combines private long-term care insurance and Medicaid Extended Coverage. The purpose of the program is to allow New Yorkers to protect their assets if they need more long-term care coverage than their insurance…