What is “Elder Law” and Why Should I Care?

What is “Elder law”? According to Wikipedia, it is “an area of legal practice that specializes on issues that affect the aging population”. It goes on further to identify three major categories that make up elder law: Estate planning and administration Medicaid, disability and other long term care issues; and Guardianship, conservatorship and commitment matters… Read More »

I am Getting a Settlement…What do I need to know if I am on other benefits?

It is so very important to understand the benefits that you are receiving prior to actually collecting the funds that you may be entitled to from a settlement. Benefits The following is a sample of some of the benefits that you may be receiving: Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Medicaid market… Read More »

Do I Qualify For Medicaid?

As an Elder Law Attorney for nearly 20 years, I am often asked the question “How do I qualify for Medicaid?”  While this seems like a very simple question, there is no simple answer.  There are multiple types of Medicaid and each type has its eligibility nuances. Medicaid in the Market Place If you are… Read More »

Q & A with Vincent J. Russo On Hilary’s New York Lifestyle Blog

Vincent J. Russo joined Hilary Topper to address common questions from her community on her New York Lifestyle Bog. Vincent addressed topics such as; What documents should you have in place if you have an elderly parent?, What is the difference between Medicaid and Medicare?, and What is the difference between Assisted Living and Indepentd… Read More »

New York State Department of Health Conditions for Reopening Visitation in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

On March 13, 2020, the New York State Department of Health issued guidance to Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities limiting visitation to medically necessary or end-of-life services. Further, the guidance canceled congregate meals and activities in health care facilities when one or more residents tested positive for COVID-19. Updated Guidance On July 10, 2020,… Read More »

COVID-19 and Adult Care Facilities

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on adult care facilities, especially in nursing homes. New York Executive Order On May 10, 2020, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order addressing concerns for the safety of residents in these facilities, which included rules for staff testing and re-admission parameters for a resident that had… Read More »

Burial Place Wishes

Archbishop Sheen was known for his evangelism, radio broadcasts, and television show “Life is Worth Living”, which aired nationwide in the 1950s. For the last several years, Catholic dioceses have been at odds as to where his mortal remains should be interred. His remains have been interred in a crypt in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral since… Read More »

On Air with Eric Einhart

Guardianships: A Practical Explanation Eric J. Einhart joined Hilary Topper on her talk show, Hilary Topper on Air.  During this show, Eric discusses Frequently Asked Questions on Guardianships. Here are some of the questions he addresses during the show: What is a guardianship? When is it needed? What does a Guardian do? What is the… Read More »

November Seminars: Elder Law 101

  Wednesday, November 6 12:00-2:00pm Red Lobster 211 Old Country Rd #217 Carle Place, NY 11514 (Lunch) Register Here Tuesday, November 12 12:00-2:00pm The Irish Coffee Pub 131 Carleton Ave. East Islip, NY 11730 (Lunch) Register Here   Seating is Limited. Online Registration Required. Register Online at vjrussolaw.com Contact: Ashley 516-393-3164