New VA Pension Rules

Check out Kim N. Christian, Esq.’s Article on the New VA Pension Rules in the Latest Issue of The Nassau Lawyer! “As of October 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Pension Rules have changed in a significant way. There are several areas of the rules that were affected, including financial net worth, asset transfers and medical expense… Read More »

Veteran Benefits Alert!

Veteran Benefits Alert! Act Now Before October 18th -New Rules- Attend a Free Information Session Due to federal changes in the rules, it will be much more difficult to qualify for VA Pension Benefits on or after October 18th of this year. This means you could be prohibited from qualifying for VA pension benefits for up to… Read More »

Act Now! Sweeping Changes Coming to VA Benefits

Effective as of October 18, 2018, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) will be implementing significant comprehensive changes to the pension benefit rules.  These rules were actually published back on January 2015 but have not been implemented until now. Some background first.  The VA pension (often referred to as “Aid and Attendance”) is a monthly benefit payable… Read More »

2017 Pension Benefit Figures

Revised January 1, 2017 Type of Benefit Maximum Annual Pension Rate (Income Limit) Monthly Maximum Annual Pension Rate (Income Limit) Service Pension $12,907 $1,075 One dependent $16,902 $1,408 Housebound $15,773 $1,314 One dependent $19,770 $1,647 Aid and Attendance $21,531 $1,794 One dependent $25,525 $2,127 Each add’l dependent child $ 2,205 +$183   2017 Pension Benefit… Read More »

Family Comes First: 4 Episodes Added!

Vincent J. Russo and Victoria Roberts Drogin were back in the studio last week working on brand new episodes of the two-time Telly Award winning show, Family Comes First™. They are thrilled to announce 4 new episodes added to the Season 9 line up: Listening to the Deaf 21st Century Family Operation Baby Lift The Best… Read More »

Organizational Apps That Help You Move & More!

Our practice produces many important documents for elderly clients. Clients may forget where these documents are located within their home, lose track of the documents’ location over the course of a move, or may pass on without sharing the actual documents (or their location) with their children, executor, or guardian. There are a few smartphone… Read More »

Our Knowledge Is Your Knowledge

When speaking with clients about the complicated Medicaid rules, availability, and exceptions, they often reply something like, “Wow, there’s so much to know.” Clients come to us because we know the rules, and more importantly, we know the exceptions.

Act Now for VA Benefits Before It Is Too Late!

In January 2015, the Veteran’s Administration (VA) proposed a number of significant changes to the pension allowance eligibility rules that are likely to take effect as early as this summer. Although these changes in eligibility rules will likely clarify some of the issues that currently lead to inconsistent decisions, they will also create new barriers… Read More »

2016 Wartime Veteran Pension Benefits Update

Revised January 1, 2016 Type of Benefit Maximum Annual Pension Rate (Income Limit) Monthly Maximum Annual Pension Rate (Income Limit) Service Pension $12,868 $1,072 One dependent $16,851 $1,404 Housebound $15,725 $1,310 One dependent $19,710 $1,642 Aid and Attendance $21,466 $1,788 One dependent $25,448 $2,120 Each add’l dependent child $ 2,198 +$183   2016 Pension Benefit… Read More »

When a Loved One Dies, Don’t Let Restorative Taxes Come Back to Haunt You

When you own a piece of real property in New York State, your circumstance dictates whether or not you are entitled to certain tax exemptions. What does this mean? Your personal residence may qualify for a number of exemptions based on factors such as whether you are a senior citizen, have financial difficulty, or are… Read More »

Who is eligible for the Aid and Attendance pension?

The Aid and Attendance and Housebound pensions are non-service-connected pensions, not to be confused with VA service-connected disability compensation payments. The difference between the two is that non-service connected pensions are for veterans whose disability was not caused by or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military. VA service-connected disability compensation payments… Read More »

Are Veterans Eligible for Social Security Disability Benefits?

The brave men and women in our military not only deserve our gratitude for their service, but also all the care we can provide. This means providing them with the appropriate benefits should they become disabled during service. When many people think of benefits owed to our veterans they think of medical treatment, but this… Read More »

2015 Wartime Veteran Pension Benefits Update

                                                      Revised January 13, 2015 Type of Benefit Maximum Annual Pension Rate (Income Limit) Monthly Maximum Annual Pension Rate (Income Limit) Service Pension $12,868 $1,072 One dependent $16,851 $1,404 Housebound $15,725 $1,310 One dependent $19,710 $1,642 Aid and Attendance $21,466 $1,788 One dependent $25,448 $2,120 Each add’l dependent child $ 2,198 +$183   2015 Pension Benefit… Read More »

In a League of His Own – Best Lawyers

  He has done it again! A big congratulations to Vincent J. Russo who has yet again, been named the Best Lawyers’ Elder Law “Lawyer of the Year” for the Tri-State Area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut). Vincent has been honored in the Best Lawyers publication since 2007. Best Lawyers is the oldest legal… Read More »