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Vincent RussoRusso Law Group’s Managing Partner, Vincent J. Russo, will be a featured contributor on the Catholic Faith Network’s new show CFN Live. Vincent will be the show’s sole Legal Contributor.  In his segment, entitled “In the Legal Know,” Vincent will provide expert insight into legal matters including estate planning, elder law, and special needs planning.

CFN Live will address issues of importance to the Catholic Church and include thought-provoking, inspirational stories from a wide range of contributors from varying backgrounds. The first episode of CFN Live will air on Monday, September 14th at 9 am. Vincent’s first appearance will take place on Thursday, September 17th at 9 am. Thereafter, he will appear on the show every two weeks.

You can learn more about the Catholic Faith Network and CFN Live by visiting https://www.catholicfaithnetwork.org/cfn-live.

The State of the Union address: An annual message delivered to Congress by the president of the United States, in which he describes the condition of the country, outlines the nation’s most serious problems and proposes his annual program of legislation. Each January, Russo Law Group adopts this practice to help us look back on the past year but also to help us have a better focus on the New Year. The theme of this year’s event was “Empowerment.” Friday, February 7th, our staff gathered together for a half-day event, which we called the State of the Union. During this event, we discussed, as a group, reflective questions to better understand each person’s view on the past and future success of Russo Law Group. We welcomed New Staff; Diana, Kaite Ann, and Allison.

We also used this time to celebrate staff achievements.

Each year we award a Staff Person of the Year which is giving to a trailblazer who has excelled in the areas of leadership, development and participation and who is dedicated, not only to the firm, but to making an impact on the community and our clients.

We are proud to announce this year’s winner: Joshua Berzak!!!


We also celebrated our staff members who have been dedicated to the success of our POM Program!

Congratulations to Diana, Jacqueline, and Cathy!!!
 

Last night, members of our Peace of Mind (POM) program joined the partners and staff of Russo Law Group to celebrate an early Thanksgiving Dinner at the Milleridge Inn during our Fourth Annual POM Thanksgiving.

This dinner, which is held annually for members of the program, is one of the many benefits that membership in the program offers. The attendees were able to mingle with other members of the program before eating a delicious meal and sharing stories of Woodstock on the 50th Anniversary of the iconic concert. Everyone enjoyed reminiscing over happy memories and the old days. The nostalgia was enjoyed by everyone and created a sense of comradery and comfort among the members of the program.

Overall, the dinner was a huge success!  We thank everyone who joined us and look forward to planning the next POM member’s only program.  To find out how you can join us at our exclusive POM member events such as the luncheon, contact us!  To learn more about the added benefits of the program, click here.

 

Week in Review

On October 20, Team Russo participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk at Jones Beach. This walk is the largest Breast Cancer Walk in the United States with 65,000 Participants and 1,229 Registered Teams! Overall, a total of $2.6Million was raised on Long Island alone! We can only imagine how much money was raised across the entire U.S.!

Team Russo comprised of staff, family and friends who collected $1,615! Donations are still accepted online, here.

 

The Numbers:

  • Team Russo Raised: $1,615!
  • The overall walk raised $2.6Million!
  • 14 staff members joined Team Russo plus friends and family members participated in the walk on Sunday!
  • 65,000 Participants
  • 1,229 Registered Teams

Thank you to all the Russo Law Group staff, families, and friends who came out to support.

If you are interested in purchasing a Team Russo t-shirt, they are for sale on the American Cancer site, here. A portion of the shirt sales will be donated to the cause.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women and sadly, 1 in 8 will be diagnosed within their lifetime. Team Russo is happy to support such an important cause. We will continue fighting against this life-threatening disease.

More facts and figures can be found on the American Cancer Society website


On Monday, the office was greeted with a bagel breakfast courtesy of KJOY – 98.3 FM Radio Station. We were entered into the “Office of the Week” contest by our staff member Julie. Each week a different workplace is selected to be celebrated. We were selected for this week by the radio station. Participation includes acknowledgment on the radio throughout the week, a bagel breakfast from Bagel Boss on Monday and a catered lunch from Moe’s on Thursday.

Did you hear our law firm announced on the radio this week? Let us know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please join us for our 8th Annual Elder Law Open Forum for Health Care Professionals on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at The Cuban of Garden City.

room shot of all attendees at the health care professionals seminar

Health Care professionals are invited to enjoy lunch with some of their colleagues and attorneys of Russo Law Group while receiving updates on elder laws and special needs. The open forum encourages the attendees to partake in a discussion to analyze important legal issues that may relate to their clients, as well as network and receive advice from the firm in addition to some of their colleagues that may have been in similar situations.

Our firm hosts Health Care Professional round-table luncheons quarterly, varying in subject matter. To find out more information about attending our next event, visit our calendar of events on our website.

 

 

 

 

June is National Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, a time to show support for the millions of people struggling with this debilitating disease—and, a good time to think about planning for the possibility of needing long-term care.

 

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that leads to memory, thinking, and behavioral problems. It is the most common form of dementia, accounting for between 60 and 80 percent of all cases.

 

While there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, numerous research studies and clinical trials are exploring ways to diagnose, treat, and manage it. Some medications have been shown to lessen or delay the cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Various strategies have also been developed to improve the quality of life and comfort of people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Hopefully, science will soon discover more effective treatments, and ultimately, a cure.

 

At the Russo Law Group, P.C., we offer planning and counseling services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. For example, we host a monthly Caregiver’s Support Group. You can learn more about it by visiting https://www.vjrussolaw.com/resources/caregivers-support-group-alzheimers-and-dementia/. You can also learn more about the benefits of attending our support group at https://www.vjrussolaw.com/what-are-the-benefits-of-an-alzheimers-dementia-support-group/

 

While medical science cannot prevent Alzheimer’s disease, estate planning allows you to plan for the possibility of being incapacitated by it. Through proper planning, you can protect your life savings against the high cost of long-term care. You can also use advance directives to help ensure you receive the level and type of care you want. Finally, you can control who receives your assets after you pass away, as well as when and how your heirs will receive them.

 

We are committed to helping everyone in our community who struggles with the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease or wants to prepare for the possibility of developing it. We invite you to contact us to discuss your particular needs and goals at your earliest convenience.

 

The State of the Union address: An annual message delivered to Congress by the president of the United States, in which he describes the condition of the country, outlines the nation’s most serious problems, and proposes his annual program of legislation.

Each January, Russo Law Group adopts this practice to help us look back on the past year but also to help us have a better focus on the New Year. The theme of this year’s event was Looking OUT; Looking IN.

Friday, January 11th, our staff gathered together for a half day event, which we called the State of the Union. During this event, we discussed, as a group, reflective questions to better understand each person’s view on the past and future success of Russo Law Group.

We welcomed New Staff; Julie, Brianna, Lynsey, Kashenna

We shared the progress of the Islandia Renovation. After twenty years, this office is finally getting a face-lift both inside and outside!

We also used this time to celebrate staff achievements.

Each year we award a Staff Person of the Year which is giving to a trailblazer who has excelled in the areas of leadership, development and participation and who is dedicated, not only to the firm, but to making an impact on the community and our clients.

We are proud to announce this year’s winner: Kirrelle Freeman!!!

We also celebrated 2 staff members who have been with us for over 10 years!


Congratulations to Deanna Eble and Melanie Castillo!!!

Deanna Eble started with RLG back in December of 2008 as an Associate and became Partner in 2016.

She focuses in the areas of practice of: Elder Law, Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Real Estate & Social Security Disability.

Deanna is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and ElderCounsel.

Melanie Castillo joined us as October of 2008 as a receptionist and worked her way to become an Executive Assistant. During the event, Vincent J. Russo, Managing Partner, made the announcement that Melanie has been promoted to Office Administrator. She is looking forward to her new position and responsibilities.

Our staff contributes and write the articles you read in our blog.

We have 2 blogs a week, Monday we discuss legal topics whereas on Fridays we are more laid back and discuss Office Happenings and upcoming events. We announced our most read blogs of 2018 which are as follows:

When Does a Guardianship End? Written by: Eric J. Einhart

How Do I Transfer Guardianship From One State to Another? Written by: Eric J. Einhart

The Peace of Mind Program Written by: Christella Francois

What are the Benefits of a Alzheimer’s/ Dementia Support Group? Written by: Janet Corsetti

Earth Day 2018 Written by: Julie Allegretti

If you are interested in receiving these blogs in your inbox, please sign up today: http://eepurl.com/BrP4L

The week is coming to a close and The Russo Team has made some great strides. We have implemented a huge software update to help our staff operate with the most current and secured software. Our IT support has worked around the clock to make sure this was a smooth and un-interrupted process.

Our staff completed their 6-week “Get Fit!” health challenge. This challenge was not only about who lost the most weight, but to encourage and support each other. We participated in team building opportunities including taking lunchtime walks together. There were weekly updates, announcements and advice given to help us stay focused. Not to mention that many of the participants celebrated big occasions such as weddings, birthdays and July 4th to create obstacles for some in completing this challenge. However all were successful and with most of the office participating we are happy to announce the Top 3 Winners: Melanie, Paula and Kirrelle!!!

Our staff participated in the NY Blood Center Drive held here at our building in Garden City. The NY Blood Center provides lifesaving blood products and services to nearly 200 hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Long Island, Hudson Valley and parts of Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The NYBC’s integrated recruitment, collection, and distribution operations ensure approximately 2,000 units of blood products are collected each day and distributed to more than 20 million people in New York, New Jersey and beyond.

Staff Blood Donors:

 

Our Partners, Vincent J. Russo, Deanna M. Eble and Eric J. Einhart are attending the Annual New York Bar Association (NYSBA) Conference. This annual conference offers our firm the opportunity to prepare and stay on top of new changes in the Elder Law and Special Needs Planning practice areas. There will be a plenary session each day along with several breakout sessions. Vincent J. Russo will present on two topics for the conference “Overview of Tax Planning for the Elder Law Practitioner” and “Advanced Tax: Understanding the New Tax Laws.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Friday afternoon, our internal staff is also keeping up their knowledge base by attending a presentation from one of the Partners, Kim N. Christian. She will be discussing the most commonly used tools used in our Planning Department. This presentation will help the staff work together and understand the internal processes.

Fun Facts:

Did you know that today, July 13th, is National French Fry Day? If you aren’t into potato fries, Dunkin’ Donuts created Donut Fries! Or better yet you are now able to have fries for breakfast, lunch and dinner (even a late night snack)! Retailmenot shares the places offering specials for the day and can be found here.

If french fries don’t make the cut on your junk food cravings list, perhaps ice cream is yours. The whole month of July is Ice Cream Month. In fact July 15th is the day celebrated thanks to President Ronald Reagan. As found on Wikipedia: “The celebrations were originated by Joint Resolution 298, which was sponsored by Senator Walter Dee Huddleston of Kentucky on May 17, 1984. The Resolution proclaimed the month of July 1984 as “National Ice Cream Month” and July 15, 1984, as “National Ice Cream Day”. It was signed into public law by President Ronald Reagan on July 9, 1984 with Presidential Proclamation 5219.” Again, Retailmenot shares the specials for the day here.

Each year Earth Day is celebrated as a global event and it is believe that more than 1 billion people in 192 countries take part in what is the largest civic-focused day of action in the world. Since January 2017, our offices of the Russo Law Group have focused our attention on becoming “paper-light.” We store our files digitally and provide our staff the tools and resources needed to aid in the reduction of printing practices and incoming paper documents. All incoming paper is scanned and then recycled. Our printers are set as a default to automatically print on both sides to reduce large document page counts.

Earth Day was started on April 22, 1970 and motivated 20 million Americans to launch the modern environmental movement. Since then the passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act have been made possible. Today, Earth Day, celebrated globally and motivating 200 million people in 141 countries are bringing environmental issues to the world stage.

Some other initiatives that our employees have be conscious of and use good practices are when commuting to work by using mass transit and carpooling when available. We use reusable bottles in the office and recycle any plastic bottles that we use. We make sure to Power Down our electronics and turn off lights when office and conference spaces are empty. As many as half of all office workers in America who use a PC don’t shut it down at the end of the day, which wastes 20 tons of CO2 per year.

Deanna M. Eble, Partner at Russo Law Group has a weekly collection from all employees at the firm of plastic bottle for the unique purpose for her two young boys not only to become familiar with recycling but also for them to purchase one of their favorite toys, Legos! This idea is great to pass along and provide children with the mindset to recycle at an early age and help the environment. Lego is among the top 10 companies with the best corporate social responsibility reputation, according to Reputation Institute’s annual CSR RepTrak.

Plastic bag usage adds up annually to approximately 500 billion plastic bags being used worldwide and more than one million bags are used every minute. By providing our clients and employees with reusable tote bags we have initiate decreased our use of plastic bags when shopping or carrying items.

The Earth Day theme for 2018 is End Plastic Pollution. Plastic pollution is clogging our waterways, killing and injuring wildlife, and endangering our health and safety. Plastic was invited in 1907 and since became a large part of every-day life.  According to the New York Times, the main cause for the increase in plastic production is the rise of plastic packaging. In 2015 packaging accounted for 42% of non-fiber plastic produced. That year, packaging also made up 54% of plastics thrown away.

By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the world’s oceans than fish. Every human being on earth depends on the oceans. We have the responsibility to protect the oceans and their inhabitants so they remain for future generations.

Did you know that around the globe there are five massive patches of marine plastic? These huge concentrations of plastic debris cover large swaths of the ocean; the one between California and Hawaii is the size of the state of Texas.

This video, “What Really Happens to the Plastic you Throw Away” by Emma Bryce, depicts that when plastic is thrown into a landfill and rainwater infiltrates the material, this can make the toxic chemical leachate. Another fate of plastics is ending up in one of five plastic patches that collect in certain parts of the world’s oceans.

The opportunity now is to use the 50th anniversary of Earth Day as a way to re-ignite the environmental movement and unite the vast array of groups and individuals who care for and protect the earth. There is a plan in development for the 2020 Earth Day, to bring people and institutions together to build a new narrative for the planet.

Some of the past years initiatives include:

  • Earth Day’s 2017 theme was Environmental and Climate Literacy. To solve the dire environmental threats facing us in the 21st century, we must build a global citizenry fluent in environmental issues that can organize for action.
  • Earth Day’s 2016 theme was Trees for the Earth. Our Canopy Project works on the ambitious goal of planting 7.8 billion trees – one for every person on the planet – by Earth Day 2020.

 

Resources:

Use this Plastic Pollution Calculator https://www.earthday.org/plastic-calculator/ to discover how many plastic items you consume yearly and craft a plan to reduce your plastic pollution footprint.

Follow the social conversation #EarthDay2018, #EndPlasticPollution

To find out more on Earth Day visit: https://www.earthday.org/earthday/