Changes in New York Medicaid Benefits
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Changes in New York Medicaid Benefits

While New York has been grappling with the coronavirus and is focused on this crisis, our legislature passed a new budget. As might be expected, because New York is facing huge deficits, major cuts were put into effect. Unfortunately, one of the programs which was drastically affected and is now facing major changes is Medicaid....

Facility Prisoners
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Facility Prisoners

Perhaps the most tragic outcome of coronavirus is that our loved ones are becoming “facility prisoners” because they are unable to receive visitors and, in some circumstances, are confined to their rooms to prevent the spread of the virus within the facility. Being cut off from family can be disorienting and depressing. And if one...

Time to Revisit Trusts
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Time to Revisit Trusts

If you are reviewing your estate plan, it may be time to consider whether a Trust is right for you. A Trust can be implemented, or later amended, without the need for witnesses or the formalities involved in the execution of a Last Will and Testament. Both a Last Will and Testament and a Trust...

Remote Notarization and Witnessing
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Remote Notarization and Witnessing

Among the flurry of changes that occurred in the past weeks, was the issuance of Executive Orders which permit, temporarily, notaries and witnesses to carry out their functions remotely through audio visual technology. While there may be some circumstances in which remote witnessing is essential, at Berwitz & DiTata LLP, we encourage you to let...

Your Health Care Proxy — Make It Work Harder For You
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Your Health Care Proxy — Make It Work Harder For You

Signing your health care proxy is just the beginning. Don’t stop there if you want it to protect you to the fullest. First, speak to the person whom you have selected to serve as your agent. Tell your agent that you have appointed them to this important role. Describe the circumstances under which they will...

How Do I Encourage My Loved One to Move to a Safe Environment?
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How Do I Encourage My Loved One to Move to a Safe Environment?

The writing is on the wall: My parent is no longer safe living at home. Maybe she has forgotten to turn off the stove or has skipped meals entirely because she simply did not remember to eat. Maybe he is no longer showering or changing clothes. Perhaps he has a history of falling – sometimes...

Berwitz & DiTata LLP Is Fully Operational
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Berwitz & DiTata LLP Is Fully Operational

Berwitz & DiTata LLP Is Fully Operational During COVID-19 We hope this message finds you and your family well during these difficult times. We will continue to be here for you to ensure that your issues and concerns are addressed as smoothly as possible, however we have adjusted how we conduct business in these unprecedented...

Here or There: Which State Do You Call Home?
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Here or There: Which State Do You Call Home?

We have many clients who divide their time between New York and another state, often Florida. If you spend significant time in two different states, there may be a question as to where you actually reside. The question is more complicated than where you spend the most time — and the answer can really matter....

The SECURE Act Its Affect on Retirement Accounts — How It Hurts
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The SECURE Act Its Affect on Retirement Accounts — How It Hurts

In our summer issue of A Step Ahead, we discussed the differences between two pieces of legislation each of which would, if enacted, have far-reaching affects on retirement accounts: one that had passed in the House of Representatives, the “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement Act,” also called the SECURE Act, and the other...