White Plains | Law Firm Newswire - Part 2

White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 13, 2014 – Flying may become easier for people with disabilities, thanks to new federal rules. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued new rules that will require airlines to make their automated airport kiosks and their websites accessible to people with disabilities. In addition, airlines can now choose between two options for handling wheelchairs on flights: they may either stow them in the cabin compartment or strap them to a seat row, which ensures that two wheelchairs of a manual, folding design can be transported at once. The rules are part […]


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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) January 6, 2014 – Seniors may be able to stay in their homes longer with the help of small changes. Older people often need assistance with the tasks of daily living, but they also usually wish to live as independently as possible. While an assisted living facility or skilled nursing home may be necessary for some seniors, it is possible for many others to stay in their own homes if a few simple adjustments are made. The changes themselves may not be expensive, and they can end up saving a lot of money for […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) January 5, 2014 – A ruling from the New York State Education Department (NYSED) said that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) failed to provide students with disabilities with proper evaluation and support for behavioral issues. The ruling affirms a complaint made by the organization Advocates for Children of New York, which works to protect the right to education for high-risk students. The decision by the NYSED requires the DOE to use Behavior Intervention Plans and Functional Behavior Assessments, which by law are required to support special needs students. The decision means […]


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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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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 24, 2013 – There are a few essential legal documents that every adult should have. People tend to think about putting these documents in place as they get older, but they are actually important for adults of every age — and there are certain milestones in life that make them essential. Some may envision putting a last will and testament in place later in life. However, every adult with any assets should have an estate plan, including a will and any necessary trusts. If this plan has been neglected earlier in life, then […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 19, 2013 – A new program in New York City is training doormen who work in apartment buildings to watch for elder abuse. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention (part of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale) developed the program, which offers free training for doormen, porters, concierges and other building staff at the buildings where they work. Joy Solomon, the director of the Weinberg Center, said that many elderly people in abusive situations do not come forward on their own, so advocates realized they would have to reach out […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) December 16, 2013 – If one wishes to make charitable gifts as part of a tax-saving strategy, now is the time. Although tax returns are not due until April 15, December is an excellent time to do a “dry run” on one’s tax return in order to establish an estimate of what one expects to pay in taxes. A dry run can also help to determine what charitable giving is possible before the end of the year in order to reduce taxable income and lower tax bills. Newly retired individuals may especially benefit from […]


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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) November 1, 2013 – Living in two different states can present certain complications in elder law and estate planning. Living wills, trusts and health care power of attorneys must be valid in both states along with other documents that may be needed to transfer property. Littman Krooks LLP and Solkoff Legal are addressing this subject in a free, online webinar on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 beginning at 12:00 PM EST. By attending this webinar, participants join two nationally recognized elder law attorneys – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP and Scott Solkoff, Esq., […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 16, 2013 – The Down Syndrome Association of Hampton Roads has asked Jenny Hatch to be its grand marshal for its annual awareness 5K run and walk this October. Ms. Hatch, they say, has become a symbol of hope. Ms. Hatch has also received numerous speaking invitations from different organizations. Why all of the attention? Ms. Hatch, a 29-year-old Virginia woman who has Down syndrome, was part of a landmark rights case for people with disabilities. Ms. Hatch found resolution after an unusually long guardianship case while a judge weighed a request from […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 9, 2013 – Co-housing is a growing trend among Baby Boomers, as the aging demographic works to delay the need to move into a nursing home. There are as many as 78 million people between the ages of 49 and 67 in the U.S., and few of them report that they plan to end up in a nursing home unless it becomes unavoidable. While some of the Boomers are planning to move in with their adult children, many more are not choosing that option. And, with one out of every four Boomers childless, […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) October 2, 2013 – Financial advisors and estate planning experts are seeing an increase in the number of grandparents helping to raise their grandchildren. For many, the added financial responsibility means plans for retirement must be put on hold. More than 2.6 million grandparents were raising grandchildren below the age of 18 as of 2011, according to the U.S. Census. Many households are disrupted due to underemployment, divorce, mental health or substance abuse issues or chronic illness. When adult children are not able to fully parent their own children, other family members often step […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 26, 2013 – Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, have released a study recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, after looking at more than 15 years of data. They examined the national Health and Retirement Study in order to discern how many elderly people are disabled in their last few years of life. The study looked at more than 8,000 adults over the age of 50 who died between the years 1995 and 2010, and how mobile they were, as well as any disabilities they had. Gerontologists and other elder care […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – According to a survey by Findlaw.com, approximately 60 percent of parents have yet to formalize a simple will to protect their children. Having an estate plan in place, including a will and possibly trusts as well, should be a major concern for every parent. The future may hold decision-making issues regarding disability or incapacity, or the untimely death of one or more parents. As hard as it is to contemplate, one of the choices a responsible parent must make is how to ensure their child or children are safe if […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 19, 2013 – Sudden wealth may be a six-figure sum for some estates, or may be a five-figure amount. What every amount of sudden wealth has in common is that it is a windfall of sorts, separate from the expected financial shifts and therefore outside the recipient’s financial comfort zone. It is one of those scenarios that so many people play around with: what they would do if an unexpected windfall appeared in their life, a large sum of money came their way due to an inheritance, contract, business sale, lawsuit, lottery win, […]


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