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The Trump Policy Analysis Group (TPAG) – Focusing on Older Americans and those with Special Needs

The Trump Policy Analysis Group (TPAG) [1]  has convened to consider probable changes in law that will affect older Americans and those with special needs. Initial TPAG focus is on entitlements, public benefits, tax, special needs planning, and veterans’ benefits. We…

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Organizational Apps That Help You Move & 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 apps that can assist individuals and families to keep track of important documents such as wills or advanced directives (healthcare proxy, etc.). This tool works in conjunction with the app’s ability to catalog the contents of entire homes. This umbrella function helps with ongoing organizational efforts as well as moving assistance.  

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Our Knowledge Is Your Knowledge

Our Knowledge Is Your KnowledgeWhen 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.

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Act Now for VA Benefits Before It Is Too Late!

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 for many veterans and increase complexity in filing claims.

For a veteran (or the surviving spouse of a veteran), the VA pension program, commonly known as Aid and Attendance, can provide financial assistance to help pay for care at home or in an assisted living facility. This can be a tremendous help to pay for needed care, which can be very costly.

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You Don’t Need to Travel to Our Office to Get Help

You Don’t Need to Travel to Our Office to Get HelpUnless you have a crystal ball, it’s impossible to predict what the future holds. Should you become unable to make your own decisions, it is imperative to appoint someone to take care of your affairs and make healthcare decisions on your behalf.  Additionally, in order to ensure that your assets are passed on to your loved ones without problems, high legal fees and time delays, it is important to start your planning today.

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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 a veteran. In addition, if you and your spouse earn under $500,000 per year, then you could file for the STAR exemption for your personal residence.

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