New York | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 10, 2014 – The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) has named Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP® to be Vice Chair of its Elder Law Committee. ACTEC is a national organization of more than 2,600 lawyers elected to membership by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. Its members work to teach those who aspire to enter the field and to improve and reform laws, procedure and standards while working with their peers and other professional organizations. […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 30, 2013 – Assisted living facilities (also called enriched housing programs or adult homes) are residences for senior citizens where help is provided with daily living activities. Staff can make doctor’s appointments, deliver medication and assist residents with bathing, dressing, grooming or other needs. Meals and housekeeping are also provided at such facilities. In the state of New York, the Department of Heath licenses all types of assisted living residences as adult care facilities, but there are actually several different types of these facilities available. All adult care facilities are distinguished from nursing […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 11, 2013 – Mitchell C. Littman, Esq., founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP, and the head of its Corporate & Securities department, is participating in a panel discussion at the Thomson Reuters Conference Center at The Crowd Finance Conference 2013 on December 17, 2013. Mr. Littman’s panel is a part of the Crowdnetic Crowdfinance Conference 2013 and will address “Advertising Under a New Regulator Umbrella” at 2:25 PM. Mr. Littman’s panel will focus on deal marketing under the new regulatory umbrella, Rule 506c offerings, and new issuer requirements including the degree to which […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 29, 2013 – When someone dies and does not leave a will stipulating what should happen to their, numerous issues must be decided. Often, certain assets fall outside of a will. There are assets that are not dictated by a will, including the proceeds of life insurance; bank accounts, real estate and assets held jointly; property held in a living trust; funds in a 401(k) or IRA; a retirement plan with a beneficiary, and community property with rights of survivorship. The inheritor of such properties – those not covered by a will – […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 22, 2013 – A bill to restore $90 million in funding for services for people who are developmentally disabled was passed by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. The bill was sponsored by Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, D-Long Beach, who has an adult son who is disabled and Sen. Martin Golden, D-Brooklyn. The legislation was in response to Gov. Cuomo’s 2013-14 budget proposal, which called for cuts to the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities. Gov. Cuomo said the cuts were enacted after the federal […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 14, 2013 – New York State has more than 4 million people who are providing unpaid care for a loved one who is elderly, frail or ill. If those individuals were being paid for their time, elder care advocates say, their combined salaries would amount to more than $32 billion. Most of those caregivers do not have their own support system, leaving countless people exhausted and stressed, while struggling to maintain a level of care for someone who depends on them. When it comes to supporting caregivers, according to a recent report by […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) November 4, 2013 – Littman Krooks LLP has been selected among the 2014 U.S.News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” in the New York metropolitan area. The firm, with offices in New York, White Plains and Fishkill, received Tier 1 ranking in the area of Elder Law and Trusts & Estates Law. This prestigious ranking results from the firm’s combination of legal excellence and breadth of expertise. To be eligible for this distinction, a law firm must also have at least one lawyer included among the annual peer […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 16, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has once again been named to the New York Super Lawyers for 2013 by Super Lawyers magazine. Krooks has been the recipient of this honor since 2006, marking the eighth consecutive year that he has been recognized for this accolade. He is also among the Top 25 Westchester, NY Super Lawyers. The Super Lawyers® 2013 selection is the result of a rigorous, multi-step selection process based on peer recognition and professional achievement, as well as independent research on each candidate. Krooks is […]


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A federal jury in New York awarded $280,000 to Brandi Johnson, a plaintiff represented by Phillips & Associates, for her former employer’s use of the “n-word” in the workplace. New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2013 – The case was brought against Rob Carmona and his employment agency, STRIVE East Harlem, by then-employee Brandi Johnson. Ms. Johnston had alleged that Mr. Carmona called her “the n-word” on more than one occasion. She recorded one four-minute slur-laden tirade after her complaints of a hostile work environment were not addressed by executive management. Lawyers for Mr. Carmona argued that, as […]


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New York, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 22, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP, un experto destacado nacionalmente en todos los aspectos del derecho de la ancianidad, planificación del patrimonio y planificación de necesidades especiales, ha sido reconocido por la comunidad legal por su excelencia con dos distinciones recientes. Krooks ha sido elegido entre los The Best Lawyers in America® (Mejores Abogados de América) 2014 en las especialidades de Derechos de la Ancianidad y de Fideicomisos y Patrimonios. Krooks ha sido incluido en este grupo de elite en cada uno de los últimos siete años. Best […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 16, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has once again been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 in the field of Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. This marks the seventh consecutive year that Krooks has been recognized for this honor. Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than four million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. As a result, only a select group of elite lawyers are chosen for this distinction. The survey […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 8, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP has been appointed Chair of the Elder Care Committee of the Editorial Advisory Board of Trusts & Estates magazine. The Elder Care Committee was created to address the increased importance of elder care issues in the practice of estate-planning professionals. Krooks is a longtime contributing editor to Trusts & Estates, the pre-eminent journal for wealth management professionals serving the needs of high-net-worth clients, family business owners, family offices, charitably inclined donors and non-profit corporations. Krooks is a founding partner of Littman Krooks […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 7, 2013 – Though the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be distressing, elder care advocates say it is critical to begin advance planning for financial arrangements and health care. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease of cognitive decline, but it can last for many years. Putting plans into place early can help make a significant difference in how that time can be spent. If someone suspects that there are memory issues or other cognitive concerns, they should see a neurologist, geriatric assessment clinic or memory clinic for testing. If there is a formal diagnosis […]


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Cleveland, OH (Law Firm Newswire) July 23, 2013 – Patients harmed by preventable medical errors have the right to seek compensation for those mistakes. “When someone goes to hospital, they go with the expectation they will be helped and healed. When something goes wrong, such as a preventable medical error, the patient is left devastated and faces a life they no longer recognize,” said Christopher Mellino, a Cleveland medical malpractice lawyer. Consider the case of a woman admitted to a New York hospital for brain surgery. Surgeons operated on the wrong side of her brain. The 36-year-old woman ended up […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 12, 2013 – The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has released tips for the adult children of elderly parents who find themselves facing a medical crisis. The emergency room can be a daunting experience. These tips may make the experience slightly less stressful. When possible, the caregiver or accompanying adult should bring a completed Medical History Form to the emergency room. The form should list any allergies, the medications the elderly person is taking, and both past and current medical conditions. This form should be given to the intake attendant. In addition […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 11, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, JD, CPA, LLM, CELA, AEP was appointed President Elect of Arc of Westchester’s Board of Directors and Officers for 2013-2014 at the organization’s Annual Meeting. The Arc of Westchester is the largest agency in Westchester County that provides services to people with autism and other 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 has been included among The […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) July 5, 2013 – Though the U.S. government offers financial assistance to aging veterans through the Aid and Attendance pension benefit (A&A), many vets are finding it difficult to receive that aid. A&A is designed to reimburse vets and family members the cost of caregivers who work in the home, which can include a vet’s children, if they are paid to give care, or to help cover the cost of nursing home or assisted living care. The A&A benefit may pay as much as $2,000 each month for the care of a vet and […]


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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) July 1, 2013 – Some life insurance policyholders are selling their policies to fund long-term care, but at what ultimate cost? Bills in numerous states, including California, Florida, New York, Kentucky, Maine, Louisiana and New Jersey, are allowing elderly residents to sell their life insurance policies to pay for custodial health care. “For anyone concerned about their long-term care, selling off their life insurance is not their only option,” commented Michigan elder law attorney Christopher J. Berry. “Long-term care insurance is designed specifically to ensure that no one needs to borrow from the future, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 14, 2013 – There are currently at least 22 million U.S. military veterans, many of whom are cared for by family members on an ongoing or full-time basis. According to the U.S. Department of Defense, more than 30 percent of the returning vets have clinical depression, traumatic brain injury and/or issues with post-traumatic stress disorder. It is estimated that one million people, spouses, parents and other relatives, are currently caring for these wounded warriors who have physical or psychological impairments, with no remuneration and little-to-no outside support. Caregivers are dealing with issues previous […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) June 7, 2013 – A thorough evacuation plan should be in place in all nursing homes, but that often is not the case. As of 2012, at least 1.4 million U.S. seniors are residing in a nursing home, while more than 3 million people have stayed in a nursing home while recovering from surgery or illness. That is according to a report released by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Of the 15,800 nursing homes throughout the country, there is no general consensus on how many of them have safe, reliable emergency, […]


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