White Plains | Law Firm Newswire - Part 3

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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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 13, 2013 – Parents or caregivers of children with special needs are best able to pursue those children’s educational interests when working as their advocate. There are numerous areas in which an advocate should be competent in order to be knowledgeable about the services and systems available. What does an advocate need to know? They should be able to accurately read evaluations of the student and write measurable individualized educational program (IEP) goals, based on the evaluations of the student’s current levels of performance. They should also have a depth of understanding regarding […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 12, 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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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) September 6, 2013 – A family-owned business is a hard-won commodity and considered a legacy to be passed on to the next generation. However, that legacy can be lost in the transition from one generation to the next; more than 70 percent of family-owned businesses do not successfully survive the transfer. Estate planning specialists say that business owners may wish to develop a transition plan with an estate planning attorney to ensure the business makes it to their children intact upon their retirement or death. How can business owners ensure their plans for the […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 30, 2013 – Partners in a committed, unmarried heterosexual or same-sex relationship may wish to consider what would happen the event that their partner becomes incapacitated and unable to communicate their wishes. When there is a medical emergency or a critical event, hospital staff may only allow one family member access to the patient. Many partners who are not legally married have found that whether they have access, or do not have access to the patient, can be at the discretion of hospital staff. Doctors must defer the opinions and wishes to the […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) August 23, 2013 – Though a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s can distress a patient and their loved ones, elder care advocates indicate it is critical they immediately 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 […]


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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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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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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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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 22, 2013 – Payment reductions are expected for Medicare and Medicaid in light of sequestration cuts. This March, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that the Medicare FFS Program (Part A and Part B) is slated for a reduction in payments due to the sequestration order which was recently signed into law. Health care suppliers and providers have been notified that reimbursements for claims that are filed for both dates-of-service and dates-of-discharge starting on April 1, 2013, will now have a 2 percent reduction in the amount that is reimbursed. This […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire)May 10, 2013 – In New York, the sequester has affected a number of social services, including hot meal delivery for the elderly and at senior centers. The cuts have come as part of a package of across-the-board federal budget reductions that were supposed to be so onerous that no one would want to let them happen. However, without a budget deal having been reached, the cuts are happening, and they are having the strongest effect on those who can afford it least. Multi-agent funds from the government that help produce and even deliver meals […]


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White Plains, NY (Law Firm Newswire) May 3, 2013 – Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., was a featured speaker on Saturday Night Café with Laura Smith. Mr. Krooks spoke on the importance of financial and legal planning for a child or loved one with autism. The interview aired on 770 WABC-AM and WABCRadio.com on Saturday, April 27, 2013. To listen to Mr. Krooks’ full interview, please go here. Mr. Krooks is a nationally-recognized expert in all aspects of special needs planning, elder law and estate planning. He is a past President of the Special Needs Alliance, a national, invitation-only, not-for-profit organization […]


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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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