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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

What Is the Difference Between Medicare and Medicaid?


Both Medicare and Medicaid are government-sponsored, taxpayer-funded programs that are intended to help Americans cover the costs associated with healthcare. Additionally, both programs were established back in 1965. With similar-sounding names and the fact that both are intended to cover healthcare costs, many people confuse the two. There are, however, important distinctive qualities between the two programs. Here, we discuss the differences between Medicare and Medicaid.


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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Mortgage Rates Fall to New Lows During COVID-19 Pandemic


It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has sent the U.S. economy through a major loop. With businesses closed and restricted and the major uncertainty of the moment, the economy has not fared well. In the midst of the economic downturn, mortgages interest rates have dropped to historic lows.


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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on NYC Apartment Rentals


Q: How has COVID-19 affected rentals in the New York City area?

New York and New Jersey real estate attorneys expected the coronavirus quarantines to impact the New York City rental market. Now, several months after the lockdowns began, reports are indicating just how significant the impact has been so far.

If you’re considering


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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

When Should I Review My Estate Plan?


You met with a lawyer and set up your estate plan to protect yourself in case you become incapacitated and to provide for your family. Many people simply stick the documents in a drawer and forget about them, but doing so can cause results you never intended down the road, because of changes in the law or developments in your life. This article explains when you should review your estate plan to make sure that it will serve its purpose.

You should take out your estate plan and read it again at regular frequencies or when significant life events happen. You should also sit down with your


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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Do I Really Need an Attorney to Buy a House?


If you have never bought a house or other real property in the state of New York, you might not realize that it is illegal for your real estate agent or broker to prepare the sales contract or provide any legal advice about the agreement. While it is standard practice for the agent or broker to draft the sales contract in some other states, New York law requires the buyer or seller (or their attorney) to write the agreement.

A New York real estate attorney can help you if you are wondering whether you really need an attorney to buy a house.


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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

How to Prepare Your Children to Manage Their Future Inheritance


Q: Are your children ready to inherit your wealth?

New York and New Jersey estate planning attorneys assist clients with comprehensive estate plans designed to distribute the wealth they’ve accrued during their lifetimes to the people and/or charities that matter most to them. Generally, the beneficiaries include their children, whether minors or adults. But what happens if the children are not prepared to effectively manage and grow that inheritance?

Most people with minor children have a will that not only names the people they want to be the children’s


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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Advantages of Asset Protection Trusts


Q: What are asset protection trusts?

Many people venture off to their first appointment with a New York or New Jersey estate planning attorney thinking they will come out of it with a last will and testament-- commonly known simply as a “will”. But that isn’t always the case. In fact, a comprehensive estate plan will likely include several additional documents.


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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Estate and Retirement Planning as Special Needs Parents


Q: How can having a special needs child impact a parent’s estate and retirement planning?

It’s no secret that having a child with special needs often presents parents with financial and other challenges. Unlike other parents whose financial responsibility to their children generally ends in their early 20s once they’ve left the nest, special-needs parents often house and provide financial support throughout adulthood – – sometimes until their own passing.

Therefore, parents must consider their special needs children when doing their retirement and estate planning and should seek advice from a skilled New York and New Jersey estate planning attorney.


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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Insurance Policies You Do Not Need


Many of us view insurance as a necessary evil. The monthly premiums can be painful to see debited from your account. They can often total up into the thousands each year when you consider how many policies you have. You may have health, dental, auto, homeowner, life, long-term care, disability, and other policies to pay for. The benefits, however, can be substantial when you find yourself in need of them.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

Four Costly Mistakes When Naming Beneficiaries


When you start a new job, your boss makes you fill out forms about your retirement account and any employer-provided life insurance. You write someone’s name in the “beneficiary” box, then forget about it. Years go by, and you do not think about revisiting those beneficiary selections. In that time, you might have opened other accounts that require the designation of a beneficiary.

Many people give little thought to the person or persons they name as beneficiaries of their accounts and insurance policies, and seldom, if ever, update those selections.
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Friday, June 26, 2020

Have You Had 'The Talk' With Your Children?


For many parents, talking with their children about money is as stress-provoking as talking with them about the birds and the bees. The parents procrastinate, and many never get around to talking with their kids about how to manage their money. As estate planning lawyers, we see people who reach adulthood and do not have a clue about paying bills, budgeting, or keeping enough money in their bank account to cover their spending.
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