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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 29, 2013 – Women coming home from military service are joining the ranks of the homeless in the U.S. The male former service members who become homeless after returning to the States largely do so when battling mental illness and/or substance abuse issues. Female vets come home with those issues as well as having a tougher time finding gainful employment and housing. Even more often, these women come home with issues stemming from military sexual trauma, or MST, which can cause or exacerbate post-traumatic stress disorder. It is estimated that there were more […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 22, 2013 – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now offering assistance to travelers with special needs. The disabled, the elderly and individuals with medical conditions are now being offered special assistance with airport security as part of a new push by the TSA. In light of numerous complaints by travelers, the TSA has implemented a cadre of specially trained airport security screeners to assist passengers with disabilities. More than 2,600 TSA officers, supervisors and lead staff have been trained specifically to address the issues that travelers with special needs may face. Each […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 19, 2013 – More women tend to need long-term care coverage, and they will be paying more for it. Prices for long-term care insurance will soon reflect the reality that women live longer and file more claims than men. That change could mean significant upheaval in an already confusing and unpredictable market, and for some women who have been on the fence about buying such coverage, it creates a new decision-making deadline. Gender-based long-term care policies are beginning to be offered to women who apply for individual coverage. Genworth, one such company offering […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 12, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, will be a featured guest on “Today’s Verdict” on BronxNet. BronxNet is a not-for-profit cable television station for residents of the Bronx. Mr. Krooks will discuss how to protect the rights of a child with autism on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:30 PM. He will review the resources and support services that a child with autism in New York State is entitled to receive. Mr. Krooks will also talk about the importance of planning for the future of […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 5, 2013 – Some U.S. vets are not aware of the long-term care offered to them by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The VA provides a health care benefit plan for military vets. It includes a number of diagnostic services, preventive and treatment services and hospitalization. There is also a variety of long-term care options, if needed. When enrolled in the plan, vets are eligible for: * Adult day health care, offering both medical and rehabilitation services * Home care, including nursing and physical therapy in the home * Geriatric evaluations, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2013 – There has been a renewed call for an examination of the country’s mental health system. Currently, according to a recent government report, there are approximately 7,500 psychiatrists working with mentally ill children and adolescents, but it is estimated that there is a need for closer to 20,000. Meanwhile, families are hard-pressed to get reimbursement from public or private insurers for short-term mental health services that are available. In a study released by the National Institute of Mental Health in 2005, researchers found that as much as 50 percent of chronic […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2013 – The Treasury Department is asking that all federal benefit recipients opt-in to receive their benefits electronically. Two years ago, the Treasury Department initiated a “green” campaign, urging people who receive federal benefits such as Social Security, Veterans Affairs, and Social Supplemental income in check form, to accept direct deposit instead. Officials estimated that they were sending out close to 11 million checks per month. The campaign included sending notices along with monthly checks inviting people to use direct deposit and releasing public service announcements and reminders via the AARP, banks, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 15, 2013 – Estate planning updates are needed in the wake of the fiscal cliff crisis. Now that Congress has moved forward to avoid what has commonly been referred to as the “Fiscal Cliff,” the federal estate tax has been fixed at $5.25 million for 2013 per individual; the tax rate is 40 percent for the amounts that exceed that exemption. When an individual dies with less than $5.25 million (including real estate, other assets and financial holdings such as checking accounts, and life insurance), no federal estate tax will be due. While […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 25, 2013 – The nursing home industry has been over-billing Medicare. According to federal inspectors, the nursing home industry is guilty of over-billing Medicare by $1.5 billion each year, charging for treatments and care that patients either do not need or never receive. Research from the inspector general’s office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that more than 30 percent of claims from for-profit nursing home care centers were “padded,” either for care never given or not needed in the first place, a stark difference from the estimated nonprofit […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2013 – A teen with special needs finally receives appropriate services after legal intervention. The Special Education Team at Littman Krooks LLP successfully obtained a residential placement, an audiological evaluation and compensatory services for a boy with an intellectual disability and severe speech and language deficits. This child had been denied a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) by the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) for over two years. Littman Krooks represented a 16-year-old homeless boy, diagnosed with an intellectual disability and severe language deficits. For over two years, NYCDOE […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 18, 2013 – New York seniors are getting a prescription price break. According to the AARP, almost 300,000 New York seniors enrolled under the state’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program are slated to receive co-payment assistance this year. Co-payment assistance, canceled due to budget constraints, was restored in the state’s budget as of January 1, 2013, though funding past March 31, 2013 has yet to be determined. The AARP New York State Manager of Government Affairs, David McNally, stated that EPIC is one of New York’s most essential programs for seniors, and […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 17, 2013 – Littman Krooks, LLP is hosting a webinar on special education January 24, 2013, where parents and professionals may learn how to be effective advocates for children with special needs. The event is a free, informative and interactive webinar designed for parents, advocates, educators and other professionals who work with special needs children. The webinar aims to help parents and professionals understand the parent’s rights and responsibilities, the child’s rights and the school’s responsibilities to meet the special needs of the child. It is crucial that parents understand their rights – […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 8, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq, to speak on estate planning. Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, is a guest speaker at the 47th Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning on January 14, 2013, at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center, in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Krooks is speaking about the “graying” of baby boomers and their need for elder law services. Mr. Krooks will also discuss “Later Life Law” and how elder care attorneys may assist their clients with Medicaid options, as well as other […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 7, 2013 – Littman Krooks LLP continues to enhance their strong reputation in the special education community through new initiatives in 2013. The experienced, fast-growing team of special needs planning and special education attorneys and advocates is now uniquely positioned to better accommodate the needs of their clients. The firm has hired Giulia Frasca, an experienced special education attorney. Ms. Frasca works with children with special needs and their parents to obtain a free and appropriate public education from their school district. She also handles other special needs matters such as guardianships, and […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 7, 2012 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, and Scott Solkoff, founding partner of Solkoff Legal, P.A. and author of a leading book on elder law, both fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) will be featured speakers at “Are You Adequately Protected?” on Monday, December 10th, from 4:00-6:00 PM at the Shirley & Barton Weisman Delray Community Center. Littman Krooks and Solkoff Legal, two of the nation’s leading elder law and special needs planning firms, one in New York and one in […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 31, 2012 – According to a study from the University of Florida, New Yorkers comprise the single largest population of Florida’s temporary residents. Affectionately known as “Snowbirds,” many of these New Yorkers ultimately decide to make Florida their permanent home. This creates unique elder law issues since the overwhelming majority of these residents are retirees. These issues can affect everything from estate planning – Is my Will or Trust still good in Florida?- to long-term care planning, tax issues and homestead issues. Now, two of the nation’s leading elder law and special needs […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 23, 2012 – According to a recent study from the journal Pediatrics, a mere 55 percent of adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) had found employment six years after graduating from high school. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 88 children is diagnosed with ASD. ASD can include a range of issues, from Asperger’s syndrome to other complex social interaction, communication and behavioral issues. It is estimated that in the next decade, roughly one-half million Americans diagnosed somewhere on the ASD spectrum will be entering adulthood, but not all […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2012 – As the U.S. population ages, more focus is being placed on moving individuals into elder health care residences or long-term care facilities. There is natural concern about all of the support that is necessary for an aging community, but one thing people may not think about is what steps to take to ensure the care of an elder’s pet. It is in everyone’s best interest, including the owner, the family members and the beloved pet, if there is a succession plan in place for if and when an individual becomes […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2012 – According to Carol Bradley Bursack, author of “Minding Our Elders,” there is a lot to be said for routine. What many would consider one’s daily, mundane habits, may also be the very thing that lets you know when one a loved ones needs assistance. As the population ages and society continues to foster long-distance family relationships, it is uncommon for the adult children of elderly parents to live close by. If an elderly parent is in declining health and lives on his or her own, and the adult child lives […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 5, 2011 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. Only a select group of lawyers are chosen for this distinction; Krooks has been included among this elite group for each of the last six years. His selection results from an exhaustive peer-review survey comprising nearly four million confidential evaluations by fellow attorneys. The survey is conducted by Best Lawyers, which has been considered a definitive guide […]


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