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Medicare and Medicaid Regulatory Changes Due to COVID-19

To address the changing needs of older Americans during the current pandemic, the federal government implemented significant regulatory changes to both Medicare and Medicaid in March 2020. These changes are in response to the high number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported in nursing homes and other senior living facilities across the country.

Between January and late July 2020,  » Read More

What Should I Know About Estate Taxes?

An estate tax is a tax on property that is transferred from one person to another after their passing; however, these taxes do not apply to every estate. For an estate to be taxed, it must meet a certain threshold of value. While most estates are not subject to these taxes, it is helpful to understand what they are and how they might impact one’s heirs and beneficiaries.  » Read More

What Should I Know About Updating a Health Care Proxy During the Pandemic?

Seniors with compromised health are especially vulnerable to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Anyone with chronic health problems may want to consider reviewing their health care proxy and make changes that reflect their long-term wishes.

What is a Health Care Proxy?

A health care proxy is a document someone creates that dictates that another person will act as their health care surrogate if they become unable to make important medical decisions for themselves.  » Read More

What Guardianship Issues are Occurring During the COVID-19 Pandemic?

As the United States and other countries across the globe continue to fight against the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is important for everyone to learn more about vulnerable populations, such as the elderly. Since the elderly likely have underlying heath conditions and weaker immune systems, older individuals are more susceptible to the health effects of COVID-19.

Those living in nursing homes,  » Read More

Can Digital Assets be Incorporated in My Estate Plan?

Nowadays, the internet has made banking, shopping, and other tasks faster and easier to complete. Also, the details of these online transactions are recorded for convenience. Since many types of assets are handled online, many people may wonder if digital assets should be incorporated in an estate plan. An elder law attorney will be able to determine if a person’s digital assets should be protected.  » Read More

Should Teachers Prepare Wills as Schools Reopen?

School districts across the country are wrestling with the unprecedented challenge of starting a new academic year with COVID-19 in full swing. With more than 5.5 million confirmed cases of the virus in the United States, including 180,000 fatalities, the pandemic shows no sign of abating.

Some New Jersey school districts, as well as the entire New York City public school system,  » Read More