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Real Property Planning in Second Marriages

by Paul Hyl, Esq. According to National Stepfamily Resource Center, a division of Auburn University’s Center for Children, Youth and Families, about seventy-five percent of divorced persons eventually remarry.(1) In addition, there certainly are additional divorced individuals who engage in long term cohabitation with a new partner, choosing not to marry.  Using the most recent statistics […]

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Financial Security: It’s Never Too Early to Plan – Five Tips for People in their 40s

 Start deferring money into a qualified retirement plan (401(k), 403(b)) each pay period, even if just $25/pay check.  This is important in your 40s so that retirement funds can grow, and grow tax deferred, while you are in your earning years.Make at least one extra mortgage payment per year (more if possible) to pay your mortgage […]

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The Perils of Funeral Prepayment Plans

Tips on shopping for funeral goods and services. Shopping around for the most suitable and affordable funeral goods and services is a wise consumer idea. However, be extremely cautious about paying in advance — or prepaying — for them. There are a number of legal controls on how the funeral industry can handle and invest funds earmarked […]

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Viewpoint: Expand Senior Care

By Jennifer B. Cona, Esq. Sen. Kemp Hannon, R-Garden City, once again has his eye on the ball regarding the elderly with an effort to push through legislation that would streamline the licensure process for assisted living facilities in New York State.  Easing the assisted living approval process will create more supply on Long Island to meet […]

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Medicare Coverage for Rehab or Nursing Home: Watch Out for the 3-Day Hospital Stay

 It is commonly understood that if an individual is transferred from a hospital directly to a nursing home or rehabilitation center, s/he will be entitled to Medicare coverage for a certain period of time.  But be careful:  a new status category employed by hospitals may thwart those benefits. When an individual has a 3-day hospital stay […]

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Legal Alert: Beware of Tax Scams

Tax season is well upon us. In addition to the stress and strain of tax return filings and deadlines, we must all be aware of the various scams associated with tax season.Phone ScamsThese scams involve a phone call from an alleged IRS agent/New York State agent advising that you have either back taxes due or, […]

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LEGAL ALERT Real Estate Transaction Fees Dramatically Increased

Dire county finances on Long Island have led to a dramatic increase in real estate transaction fees in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  To avoid a 1.2% increase in real property taxes across the board, the counties have instead decided to raise revenue from increased real estate transaction fees, adding hundreds and in some cases thousands […]

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Holiday Family Gatherings: How Is Your Older Loved One Doing?

Holiday family gatherings are not just good for catching-up; they are an opportunity to assess your older loved one’s status and needs. Certain clues can reveal a decline in abilities and an increase in care needs. Below are some red flags to look out for: Physical Appearance and Household Cleanliness: Changes in physical appearance can be […]

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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 […]

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Healthcare for seniors: Now is the time to act

​Jennifer B. Cona, Esq. With the healthcare bill stalled or (dare I say it) dead, now is the time for older adults to take action to protect themselves, their families and their assets. Whatever any ultimate healthcare reform bill may contain, we know for sure that seniors, the frail elderly and disabled will be hurt. This […]

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