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What is Hospice Care?

Hospice is a specific type of “palliative care” which focuses on comfort driven care and pain relief, not curing. While palliative care may be available for patients at any stage of an illness, hospice care is for those with “a life-limiting illness,” in other words, people who are unlikely to live for more than six...

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Understanding Your FDIC Coverage

The FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) is an independent agency of the United States government, created to protect depositors of FDIC insured banks and savings associations, against loss due to the failure of the insured bank. It covers all types of deposits, checking, savings, money market and time deposits like certificates of deposit (“CDs”), dollar-for-dollar...

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Berwitz & DiTata LLP Welcomes Alyssa

Berwitz & DiTata LLP welcomes associate attorney Alyssa H. Solarsh to the firm. After earning a bachelors degree summa cum laude in Political Science from the C.W. Post campus of Long Island University, Alyssa obtained her law degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. During law school, Alyssa participated in Touro Law Center’s...

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Estate Planning in the Age of Step-Families

Many of us have at least one step-relative in the family – a step-parent, a step- or half-sibling or a step-child. Because the relationships among step-family members are frequently as strong or stronger than the relationships we have with our direct family members, it is important to take current and potential step-relationships into account when...

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Guardianship- Different Strokes for Different Folks Article 81 Guardianship

Guardianship — Different Strokes for Different Folks Article 81 Guardianships In our last issue of “A Step Ahead,” we provided information regarding Article 17 and 17-A guardianships. In this issue, we will address the “other” New York guardianship proceeding, the Article 81 guardianship. First, it is important to remember that estate planning is not just...

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Mistakes Executors Make

Executors are bound by a bewildering array of responsibilities and duties. There is no official training manual, at least not one designed for the public, and they are often challenged by the conflicting demands of the job. Here are some common pitfalls that executors should avoid. Failing to read, understand and follow the terms of...

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Guardianship- Different Strokes for Different Folks

Generally speaking, guardianship is a legal relationship, authorized by a Court, under which one person, the “guardian,” has the right and duty to care for another, the “ward,” and/or their property. In New York, there are three (3) different types of guardianship proceedings, each suited to a different set of circumstances. Article 17 of the...

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Spring Cleaning Time to Review and Renew

Tax season is over! Spring has FINALLY sprung! It’s time to “review and renew.” Each spring, we at Berwitz & DiTata LLP encourage our clients, friends and “would be” friends to focus on estate planning, refresh those resolutions and stop pro-crastinating. We call it our annual “Review and Renew” program. If you have never created...

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