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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 18, 2014 – Best Lawyers in America has once again selected Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP to be included in its definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. This marks the eighth consecutive year that Krooks has been recognized for this honor. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor conferred on a lawyer […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 16, 2014 – New episodes of the Special Needs Law Podcast are now available. The series is hosted by Bernard A. Krooks, a nationally prominent attorney in special needs planning and elder law and a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP. The Special Needs Law Podcast features interviews and talks by leaders in the disability community on issues of importance to individuals with special needs and their families. In a recent episode of the podcast, Mr. Krooks interviewed David Kot, the founder and scriptwriter for Autism at Face Value, which publishes Face Value […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 12, 2014 – The Arc of Westchester named Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP® as President of the Board of Directors at its 65th Annual Membership Meeting. The Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in Westchester County serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Krooks is a founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, with offices in New York City, White Plains and Fishkill and is the Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is a nationally prominent expert in all aspects of estate planning, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 2, 2014 – Emergency rooms are designed for fast treatment of serious or life-threatening conditions. But elderly patients suffering from chronic illnesses may not always be able to convey important medical information to the professionals treating them. Older patients may struggle to communicate about prescribed medications, allergies or treatment circumstances. This is particularly true of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. In such cases, a quick treatment is not always the most effective treatment. In hospital emergency rooms, patients receive treatment and are sent home with detailed instructions about arranging their own […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 16, 2014 – Michael G. Kessler, President & CEO of Kessler International was named a Finalist in the Accounting Executive of the Year category in The 2014 American Business Awards, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program. Further, Kessler International was named a Finalist in the Accounting Company of the Year category, and will also ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie® Award winner in the program. The American Business Awards are the nation’s premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 13, 2014 – Zamansky LLC announces that it is investigating Doral Financial Corporation (NYSE: DRL)(“Doral”), and its officers and directors for potential securities fraud. The investigation concerns the truthfulness and accuracy of Doral’s financial statements, in view of recent events. On May 1, 2014, Doral announced that it was advised by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation that the bank could not include some or all of the its receivables from the Puerto Rican government in its calculation of Tier 1 capital.  Puerto Rico tax receivables accounted for $289 million of the bank’s approximately $679 million of Tier 1 Capital as […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 1, 2014 – The assistance of an elder law attorney when applying for Medicaid is essential to make sure that your interests and assets are protected. Many people think of Medicaid as a service that is only for the poor, but it has also become the default method for many people to pay for long-term care, such as one receives in a skilled nursing facility. There are income and asset limits that need to be met to be eligible for Medicaid, but there are legal strategies that can be used to protect some […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 30, 2014 – The process of applying for Social Security disability benefits is to be expedited for some veterans. Under a new initiative, veterans who have a 100 percent Permanent and Total disability compensation rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will be able to apply for Social Security disability benefits on an expedited basis. Social Security is to handle these claims on a high-priority basis, similar to the way claims from service members wounded in combat are processed. Carolyn Colvin, the Acting Commissioner of the Social Security Administration (SSA), said that […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 25, 2014 – As one nears retirement age, a number of important financial planning milestones begin to approach. It can be difficult to keep them all straight, so here is a timeline of what happens when. At age 59 1/2, people can begin to make withdrawals from 401(k)s, traditional IRAs and similar retirement savings accounts, without an additional tax penalty of 10 percent. (Withdrawals are still taxed as income in any case.) Of course, just because one can begin to make withdrawals at this age does not mean one necessarily should. At age […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 16, 2014 – Financial Literacy Month is being observed in April 2014. This is an excellent time to recognize the important role that financial literacy plays in individual economic security and the financial health of the nation. Many Americans are not well-informed about important financial issues that affect their everyday lives. Schools, parents, government agencies and financial institutions and advisers all have a role to play in helping to increase knowledge and understanding of critical economic issues. The overall lack of financial literacy among the general public is evident from a number of […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) April 1, 2014 – April 2, 2014 is World Autism Awareness Day. Landmarks around the world, including New York’s Empire State Building, will shine blue lights on Wednesday to show their support for autism awareness. Organizations large and small are hosting events to raise awareness of the growing public health issue of autism spectrum disorders. World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) follows a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). According to the report, one in 68 American children have an autism diagnosis, a 30 percent increase from a CDC study […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 26, 2014 – It is essential that premiums are paid on time for all types of insurance, and policyholders must ensure that they are aware of any policy changes. These measures are of particular importance for long-term care insurance. Long-term care insurance can help with the cost of assisted living, home care or a nursing home for those who need it. However, if a beneficiary is beginning to suffer from Alzheimer’s or other dementia, it can be difficult to make sure premiums are being paid on time each month. Often, an adult child […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 18, 2014 – People considering divorce as their 10-year wedding anniversary approaches should know that delaying the split until after the decade mark can result in higher Social Security retirement benefits for a spouse with a lower earning record. Consider an example of a divorced couple where an ex-husband had a higher earnings record than an ex-wife. If the couple was married for 10 years or more, the ex-wife can receive higher benefits based on his record, provided that she is age 62 or older and has not remarried. Even if the ex-husband […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 11, 2014 – Senator Charles Schumer has proposed legislation that would fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism. The devices would help address the problem of wandering. The proposed legislation is called “Avonte’s Law,” after Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy who was found dead after he disappeared from his school in Queens, New York. The law would increase funding for a Department of Justice program that provides grants to police departments and other groups that allow them to supply tracking devices for people with Alzheimer’s disease. The law would allocate $10 […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 28, 2013 – The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has a provision that expands coverage of certain treatments for autism, cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities, but a lack of specificity in the law means that it can still be difficult to pin insurers down on exactly what will be covered. Policies purchased on the new health insurance exchanges are required by law to cover ten essential health benefits. Among these are “rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices.” This revision is beneficial for people with developmental disabilities; many insurance policies did not previously cover […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 21, 2014 – Meals on Wheels now helps some seniors to get donated food for their pets. For many seniors, a pet is a lifeline, providing companionship to ward off loneliness and depression while promoting physical and mental activity. And of course, people love their pets, so much so that nonprofit groups that help seniors in need have found that some seniors were giving donated food meant for them to their pets. The groups have responded by arranging for pet food to be included with deliveries. The arrangement comes from a partnership between […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 19, 2013 – Several different diplomas and credentials are awarded to students with disabilities who complete high school in New York State. Students and their parents need to be aware of the differences between these diplomas and credentials and of the ways they can affect a student’s ability to pursue higher learning (and other) opportunities. Regents Diploma: In New York State, the standard high school diploma is called a Regents Diploma. This is the only diploma available to students without disabilities and is earned by most students with disabilities as well. Students must […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) February 4, 2014 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP of Littman Krooks LLP has been recognized as an entrant into the Estate Planning Hall of Fame by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC). He is the recipient of an Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) Nominee designation for 2014. Krooks will be one of only seven professionals to receive this prestigious award in 2014. The designation of Estate Planning Hall of Fame and Accredited Estate Planner (Distinguished) recognizes those individuals who have made outstanding lifetime achievements and contributions to the […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) March 31, 2011 – Mitchell C. Littman, Esq. and Martin W. Enright, Esq. of Littman Krooks LLP have been selected by DealFlow Media to co-host a webinar, “The Secondary Market for Private Shares.” The web seminar will be held on Tuesday, April 5, 2011 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. This web seminar will focus on the rapidly growing secondary market for private company stock due to the decreased activity in the IPO and M&A markets and the resulting loss of liquidity for many private company stakeholders. Joining Littman and Enright will be Vince […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 25, 2011 – Littman Krooks LLP has been ranked in the top ten of 2010 U.S. PIPE (Private Investment in Public Equity) Market Placement Agent Counsel by both The Pipes Report (9th place) and by PlacementTracker (8th place). “Since our inception in 1990, our firm has abided by our dedication to provide large law firm service with small law firm attention to our clients” said Mitchell Littman, a founding partner of the firm. “Our national ranking demonstrates our ability to deliver quality service to the investment banking community on a cost effective basis.” […]


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