The New York Power of Attorney form, which is widely used to enable someone else to handle your financial and legal affairs when you are unable to, should be revamped by the New York State Legislature. This is the recommendation of the New York State Bar Association which feels that this complicated document needs to be simplified.

“New York State’s current Power of Attorney form is far too complex, expensive and inconvenient, leading to potential pitfalls, which may not become clear until the ill or incapacitated family member needs the help a Power of Attorney provides,” said New York State Bar Association President Claire P. Gutekunst.…

Landlord rights  will be explained at my “How to Survive Legally as a New York Landlord” seminar on Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 6 PM – 9 PM at the Hyatt Place Buffalo, 5020 Main Street, Amherst, NY 14226 .

Drawing on thirty-eight years of experience representing landlords, I will explain how to successfully screen tenants without discriminating, purchase rental property,  draft leases, quickly evict bad  tenants and collect judgments.  …

Assisted living is the fastest growing form of residential housing for older Americans.

New York Assisted Living Residences (ALR) are not a hospital, nursing home, continuing care retirement community, mental health facility, independent senior housing, or an adult care facility.

ALRs provide or arrange for housing, on site monitoring, and personal care services and/or home care services (either directly or indirectly), in a home-like setting to five or more adult residents unrelated to the assisted living provider.

Assisted living residents have the right to:

Are you concerned about protecting your assets if you need Medicaid for nursing home care  in New York?

Do you have questions about the Medicaid assets limits and the Medicaid look-back?

“14 Ways to Preserve Your Assets with the New York  Medicaid Laws” seminar will be presented for free  at the Clarence Senior Center, 4600 Thompson Rd, Clarence, NY 14031 on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 1:30 PM .

Have your Medicaid questions answered by Robert Friedman, Attorney and Jeff Vastola, CLU of M&T Securities who will discuss:

The best nursing homes in Erie County, New York can be found on a website launched today.

Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued an Executive Order creating a county website to publicize the ranking of nursing homes in Erie County, New York.

The website provides a searchable list of all nursing homes in Erie County. a list of Medicare- and Medicaid- certified nursing homes in Erie County, along with their overall rating based on health inspection, staffing, and quality measure ratings (1 star being the lowest, 5 being the highest/best).…

The American Health Care Act Sec. 114 (b) would repeal the authority of states to set a minimum amount of home equity as a countable resource for Medicaid eligibility. This is according to “Considerations on Limitations to Home Equity for Medicaid Eligibility” released by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

This policy would affect the ability of individuals to remain in their homes and receive their long term care services and supports at home. The result would be an increase in costly institutional care.…

Michael’s parents own a cottage on Lake Ontario in Wilson, New York which  has great sentimental value to him. He has fond memories of summers on the lake as a child. He wants to keep it in the family for his children, his brothers and future generations to enjoy.

Since his parents are in their 90s, he is worried that he will have to sell the cottage when they die. Michael is thinking about forming  a New York Limited Liability Company (LLC) for the cottage.…