The confusion surrounding the status of unspent IRAs that parents leave to their children has finally been cleared up, following a unanimous Supreme Court decision. The Court ruled this week that inherited Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) are not shielded from creditors throughout bankruptcy proceedings. Typically, bankruptcy law protects retirement assets from being eaten up by creditors after filing, but inherited IRAs differ because the money can be accessed before the new owner actually retires.
Imposter fraud has become increasingly endemic in the U.S. in recent years. The term has been coined to describe a situation in which people pose as law enforcement agents, government officials, or even relatives in order to scam money from innocent people on the other end of the phone.
The 2014 National Healthcare Decisions Day is Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Over 100 million American adults have not designated an agent to make medical decisions nor documented the type of medical care they desire. Although it is a difficult issue to address, it is important for all adults to consider who is best-suited to make medical decisions for them the event they become too ill to convey their wishes personally.
Forbes has dubbed New York one of the worst places to die in 2014. The reason for the moniker is the estate tax which is a tax on your right to transfer property at your death. New York, along with only thirteen other states, still levies the tax. The state estate tax is in addition to the federal estate tax.
Medicaid is a joint federal-state Social Security program. The laws governing Medicaid vary depending on whether the applicant is single or married, receiving services in the community or in a nursing home, and under or over the age of 65. Disabled individuals of any age, and medically needy individuals over the age of 65 are eligible for Medicaid as long as they meet the financial criteria.
Join me at the Adam’s Mark Hotel, 120 Church St., Buffalo, NY 14202, for Elder Law Day 2013.
Free seminars on legal issues of interest to older adults and their families.
- Grandparents’ Rights
- Avoiding Financials Scams
- Wills, Trusts, and Small Estate Planning
- Medicare, Medicaid & Long Term Care
- LGBT Legal Issues
- Veterans’ Benefits
- Elder Abuse & Mistreatment
In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, the Elder Abuse Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association has created an FAQ about elder abuse tailored specifically for attorneys.Elder abuse is a widespread, growing problem and attorneys like you are effectively positioned to identify, address and remedy incidents of elder abuse within your pool of clients and potential clients.
May is National Elder Law month! Throughout the month of May, please check our website for informative articles on Estate Planning and Elder Law topics.
HoganWillig will be hosting an Elder Law Day on Monday, May 13, 2013 at our Amherst, NY location (2410 North Forest Road, Suite 301). We are offering FREE 20-minute private consultations with one of our attorneys for review of basic estate planning documents and elder law issues. These FREE consultations will be by appointment only. Appointment slots will fill-up quickly, so, please call for an appointment today: (716) 636-7600.
April 16, 2013 is “National Healthcare Decisions Day.” It is a day set aside to educate the public about the importance of health care planning. This is to encourage people to express their personal wishes regarding healthcare, in writing, before a health care crisis occurs.