Blog

Blog

Soon, the New York Community Medicaid program will implement a new eligibility requirement that you need to know about. The new eligibility test will apply a look-back period to Medicaid applicants seeking community-based or in-home care and assistance. I say “soon” because the date it will go into effect was delayed several times and may be delayed again. ...

An administration C.T.A. is a process ordered by the court when the person named as executor in a Will is unable or unwilling to fulfill his/her fiduciary responsibilities. An important part of writing a Will in New York is the designation of someone to act as the executor of the Will when the time comes to submit the Will to the Surrogate’s Court for probate....

When a young couple is starting a new life together, estate planning is probably the last topic on their minds. But, the birth of a child should change that. Suddenly, new parents become responsible for the life of another person, one who will depend on their good judgment and planning. There are immediate estate planning steps new parents should make upon the birth of their first baby....

A Grantor Retained Annuity Trust (GRAT) is an effective tool estate planning and elder law attorneys use to prevent estate and gift taxes from consuming the assets their clients intended for their families and other beneficiaries to receive. Essentially, it is a mechanism to minimize the tax burden on large financial gifts that exceed the annual gift tax exclusion limit....

The New York Medicaid Estate Recovery Program may place a lien on property owned by benefit  recipients at the time of their death when it is part of an estate being administered in the Surrogate’s Court. That means that any property that is transferred either through a last will and testament (Will), or through the law of intestacy (if the deceased Medicaid recipient made no Will), is subject to being attached....

By invoking spousal refusal, only the income and assets of the spouse who needs care is considered in the Medicaid eligibility examination. The refusing spouse can keep or distribute assets to family members, or otherwise dispose of the financial assets as they please....

The New York Medicaid Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (CDPAP) is an innovative program that enables disabled and elders who live in the Community but who need in-home healthcare or personal assistance to recruit family member or friends to provide their care as they direct. The work they perform will be paid for by the state Medicaid program....

In New York, removing an executor requires substantial evidence of specific grounds set out in the statute that governs their disqualification. Our state’s courts treat the removal of an executor as a very serious step to be taken only in rare circumstances. The courts have ruled that removing an executor annuls the testator’s choice, and should be granted only when the grounds are clearly established or on a clear showing of serious misconduct that endangers the safety of the estate....

At Ely J. Rosenzveig & Associates, our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients who become involved in the probate process. In some cases, we have acted as legal counsel to the personal representative appointed by the court to execute a decedent’s will. In other cases, we’ve represented a beneficiary who wanted their interests protected, or a beneficiary who challenged the authenticity or validity of a decedent’s will. ...

Legal actions against community spouses seeking reimbursement for the care of the other spouse were infrequent years ago. Now, state budget pressures have substantially increased the likelihood that  community spouses will face Medicaid recovery claims. Ely J. Rosenzveig & Associates has an impressive track record of defeating or minimizing these claims....

Everyone receiving Medicaid benefits in New York should keep fully informed and up to date on all the changes that became effective on January 1, 2022. The New York Office of Health Insurance Programs (NYOHIP) recently released their “2022 Medicaid Levels and Other Updates,” announcing the new income and resource limits for NY Medicaid eligibility....

For years, the New York Durable Power of Attorney Statutory Short Form was a source of problems for both the principal who was granting power of attorney (POA), and for the agent to whom authority was granted. The law required elder law attorneys and other professionals who draft POAs to use only the identical words and phrases  spelled out in the statutory form or risk having the POA rejected by financial institutions and others....

A tax transfer certificate is a document issued by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service certifying that a United States citizen who died while living abroad does not owe the federal government any estate taxes. Banks and financial services companies require an IRS tax transfer certificate before they release any of the assets held with the decedent named as an account owner....

The law firm of Ely J. Rosenzveig and Associates has extensive experience creating estate plans that preserve the wealth that you accumulated through decades of effort for those whom you choose to benefit. Through the creation of appropriate legal instruments, the tax burden borne by your estate can be minimized instead of suffering from New York’s Estate Tax “Cliff.”...