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Special Needs Planning

TOP TEN ESTATE PLANNING TIPS FOR PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

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Today, children with a wide variety of special needs live long and productive lives. Advancements in medical science and healthcare plus the availability of innovative resources that provide occupational training, employment and independent living assistance have helped make this possible.  The legal field has also refined estate planning tools to ensure that children with special […]

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Medicaid Rates in 2020

Medicaid Rates in 2020

Medicaid Regional Rates: The following figures represent the Department of Health’s assessment as to the average cost of nursing home care in each region. These figures are used to calculate Medicaid penalty periods for gifts and asset transfers. Medicaid Income and Resource Allowances: The New York State Department of Health has issued resource and income allowances […]

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Major Changes to IRAs and 401ks in 2020

Major Changes to IRAs and 401(k)s in 2020

Effective January 1, 2020, Congress made a number of major changes to IRAs and 401(k)s with the passage of the SECURE Act (“Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement”). Some changes are of great benefit to seniors but others will negatively impact beneficiaries and call for an immediate update to your estate plan.Here is a […]

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We Support Our Local Seniors

Genser Cona Elder Law Supports Our Local Seniors this Holiday Season

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This holiday season, our firm is offering our hands and our companionship to the population we serve. The holidays can be a lonely time for some older adults so the Genser Cona Elder Law team is giving the gift of time and attention to seniors. We will be visiting the residents at The Babylon Beach […]

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Genser Cona Elder Law Raised $2,500 For The ALS Association

Genser Cona Elder Law employees raised $2,500 for The ALS Association Greater New York Chapter by conducting various fundraisers. Efforts included a Thanksgiving food fair, participating in the Walk to End ALS, a 50/50 raffle, and Casual for a Cause. The ALS Association is a national non-profit organization fighting ALS. By leading the way in […]

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Aging & Cannabis: Why People Over Age 60 Account for the Largest Demographic Spike in Cannabis Use

The Compassionate Care Act of 2014 legalized the use of medicinal marijuana in New York State.  Since that time, a growing number of older adults are turning to medical marijuana to help treat a number of serious and debilitating medical conditions and to improve their overall quality of life.  In fact, since the law passed, […]

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Assisted Living

Assisted Living: 5 Tips for Having the Conversation with your Parents

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While most of us have visions of aging in place, this isn’t feasible for everyone. In fact, illness, help with daily activities and a confluence of other factors mean you may need to discuss assisted living with your parents. If mishandled, this can be one of the most difficult conversations you’ll ever have with your […]

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Holiday Family Gatherings: A Time to Assess

Holiday family gatherings are not just good for catching-up; they are an opportunity to assess your aging loved one’s status and needs. Certain clues can reveal a decline in mental or physical abilities. Here are some things to look out for: Change in Personal Hygiene: Are there any changes in your loved one’s appearance? Perhaps they are not as “put […]

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Credit Card Scams

Senior Scams Are on the Rise: Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones

Have you ever received a suspicious phone call or email? Your parents or elderly relatives most likely have. Police and prosecutors say scams against seniors are on the rise nationwide. Here are some common scams targeted towards older adults:Lottery phone scams in which callers convince seniors that a large fee or taxes must be paid […]

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5 Answers that Clear Up Medicare Annual Election Period Confusion

5 Answers that Clear Up Medicare Annual Election Period Confusion

Published originally on BestCompany.com: Just when you started to think health insurance made sense, you became eligible for Medicare! Medicare has its own processes, rules, and enrollment periods that can be tricky to understand at first. “Medicare has several different enrollment periods, so it can be confusing to keep track of everything and remember which enrollment period is […]

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