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Elder law attorneys Berwitz & DiTata LLP provide expertise in legal services for the elderly, the disabled and their families. We are very personable, professional elder attorneys committed to helping you and your family protect your assets and provide for long term care.
In addition to the positive results we have procured for our clients, our elder attorneys have strong credentials:
Belonging to the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys Inc. and Estate Planning Council of Nassau, Inc.
Serving on various committees of the New York State, Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens County Bar Associations dealing with trusts and estates, taxation, elder law and Surrogate's Court practice
Senior Partner Lawrence N. Berwitz serves as immediate past co-chairperson of the Nassau County Elder Law, Social Services & Health Advocacy Committee
Frequently lecturing on issues concerning elder law, estate planning, and asset preservation
What is elder law? What does an elder law attorney do?
Elder law is a multidisciplinary field related to helping seniors and those with disabilities protect assets and preserve dignity. Depending on your unique needs, your elder attorney may provide legal services related to:
Retirement living (nursing homes, assisted living facilities, independent living)
Retirement planning, including planning for family with disabilities
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It is estimated by some sources that seniors (age 65 plus) will make up over 20% of the total U.S. population within forty years. At the same time, we find health care costs and the cost of living increasing dramatically. Fortunately, through estate planning, health care planning and asset protection planning, our New York elder attorneys can help you and your family:
Plan against unforeseen, catastrophic events that can wipe our your savings and wealth
Berwitz & DiTata LLP are recognized as authorities on elder law. We are proud to be nationally recognized by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. Consult with our compassionate, experienced Long Island elder attorneys today. Put a lifetime plan in place that will protect you, your family, your hard-earned assets and your dignity.
Article: How Do I Encourage My Elder Parent or Loved One To Take Necessary Steps? Tips from a Garden City, NY elder attorney. download article now
Often encouraging an elderly parent or loved one to undertake estate planning is a sensitive topic. Many of our clients have described feeling awkward or believing that their motives were in question. Yet learning about our loved ones' legal and financial affairs can help to prevent serious problems later.
Think about the issues you want to talk over in advance. Express your concern in ways that demonstrate your respect. The important topics to include are: whether there is a valid last will and testament that expresses their present wishes, whether the individual has legally appointed another to manage financial affairs and to make health care and medical decisions if he or she becomes incapacitated, whether they have a current listing of assets and valuables - and where these documents might be found.
There are many ways to start the discussion. Sometimes it helps to use a story to make a point. Some clients have asked our elder attorneys for advice, like this: "I'm putting my will together, how did you do this?" Some people respond more favorably to a direct and factual discussion. The important message to convey is that none of us knows what the future will hold. While the individual is capable of participating in the planning, solutions are available that will permit them to exercise choice and preserve their control, dignity and independence. Perhaps this article can be used to open the discussion.
Your first attempt may not be successful. Step back and approach the subject at a later date in another way. Major issues are seldom resolved with a single suggestion. Talk with your elder law attorney to answer all of your questions and to put a successful plan in place.
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"What is a Health Care Proxy?" A Health Care Proxy is a document in which one designates a medical decision-maker when one is unable to communicate his or her wishes. This decision-maker can be empowered to refuse or consent to medical treatment even with respect to maintaining or withdrawing life support.
"What is a Living Will?" A Living Will expresses personal wishes with regard to health care
matters. It can state a restriction on the use of life-sustaining
medical procedures when there is no reasonable expectation of recovery
or, alternatively, direct that aggressive measures be provided to
"What is a Power of Attorney?" A Power of Attorney is a document which provides for ongoing financial and property management by an agent. To the extent that a disabled individual is capable of understanding and expressing his or her wishes with respect to these matters, and can select agents to act, a guardianship proceeding may be avoided.
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Quick Fact: Elder law encompasses the following areas: Medicare and Medicaid, Guardianship, Special Needs, Elder Rights and Nursing Home Issues, Nursing Home Negligence, Health Care Proxies, Health Care Directives, Health Care Power of attorney, Power of Attorney, and Estate Planning.
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What New York legal services do your lawyers provide? Legal advice related to estates and estate planning, estate taxes, wills and trusts, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, living trusts, tax planning, estate tax planning, retirement distribution planning, IRAs, asset protection, asset preservation, gifting and gifting strategies, gift taxes, charitable giving, charitable trusts, business succession planning, estate planning for pets, pet trusts, pet trust law, elder law, elder care, Medicaid planning, Medicaid eligibility planning, Medicaid applications, probate, estate administration, trust administration, contested wills, estate litigation, trust litigation, special needs planning, special needs trusts, supplemental needs trusts, Guardianships, power of attorney (also known as powers of attorney), wills and will preparation, living wills, and health care proxies (medical directives), competency hearings, nursing home issues, VA aid and attendance, veteran's benefits,
Which geographic areas do you serve and where are you located? The Long Island estate planning attorneys and elder law attorneys at Berwitz & DiTata LLP primarily represent clients in New York, serving Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island, Queens County, Brooklyn (Kings), Midtown Manhattan, the Bronx, and Metro New York. As a Garden City, NY law firm, our lawyers are especially convenient to:
Mineola, NY|Roslyn, NY|Roslyn Heights, NY|East Hills, NY|Melville, NY|Herricks, NY|Woodbury, NY|Kew Gardens, NY|Syosset, NY|Forest Hills, NY|Hauppauge, NY|West Babylon, NY|Hempstead, NY|Sea Cliff, NY|Ronkonkoma, NY|Queens Village, NY|Bayside, NY|Farmingdale, NY|Plainview, NY|New Hyde Park, NY|Massapequa, NY|Rockville Center, NY|East Meadow, NY| Merrick, NY|Hicksville, NY|Jericho, NY|Valley Stream, NY| Elmont, NY| Westbury, NY| BethPage, NY| Great Neck, NY| Port Washington, NY| East Williston, NY| Glen Cove, NY| and Huntington NY| Corona, NY| Belrose, NY| Rosedale, NY| Floral Park, NY| New Hyde Park, NY| Whitestone, NY| Astoria, NY| Baldwin, NY| Belmore, NY| Oceanside, NY| Carle Place, NY| Franklin Square, NY| Lynbrook, NY| Malverne, NY| Merrick, NY| Sea Cliff, NY| Levitown, NY. On a case-by case basis, we also provide legal services to clients in other states.
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