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November 2016 Archives

Dementia, elder care and estate planning

According to a recent study discussed in MedCity News, the rates of dementia in people older than 65 have dropped sharply since 2000. The decrease in dementia is excellent news, as the condition is one of the most distressing and difficult to manage of all health problems. Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia, and there is still no known cure. The decrease in dementia is also not tied to a specific medication used in treating the illness. Instead, it appears that education and improvements in overall health have driven the change.

Estate planning and digital assets

There are many reasons to create an estate plan. A customized plan can help you protect yourself and your loved ones if the unthinkable should occur. Estate plans can reduce your tax burden, provide for your future, protect your business and ensure that your medical preferences are respected. With relatively few exceptions, the goals and tools of estate planning have remained the same for decades. There is one area where the law has not kept up with modern life. Digital assets are increasingly important, but are trapped behind laws that were never intended to cover the reality of how we handle information these days.

Legal advice when considering a health proxy in New York

People in New York who are on the go and living what they deem to be a normal, healthy life will not think about - nor want to think about - the possibility of an injury, condition or illness befalling them and rendering them incapable of making their own decisions. It is an unfortunate truth that these issues come up every day, and a large number of people are left without options since they did not take steps to ensure their best interests would be adhered to in the event of tragedy. This is where a health proxy comes in.

Stipulating the care of a pet after death in will planning

People in Rochester and throughout New York who have concerns about their personal property for the future will undoubtedly be aware of the need to consider estate planning and will planning. One issue that is worrisome for many is if they have a pet. In some instances, the person does not realize that it is possible to stipulate for a pet's care after death. In others, they might be embarrassed to try and add a pet to a will. The truth is that it is not only possible, but wise and kind to do so.

Estate planning mistakes are far too common

Rochester residents who are considering their options for estate planning might not see themselves as similar to people who are famous or frequently in the news. However, mistakes that prominent people have made with such issues as considering their heirs, will planning and having a valid will can easily be replicated by "normal" people. With this in mind, it is wise to plan. This is imperative for those who are thinking about the future, their family and the assets they have accrued whether small, medium or large. A part of that is considering how famous people have erred and taking steps to avoid the same fate.

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The importance of legal help with elder law in New York

It is imperative to have a grasp of what elder law does and how its various legal necessities and issues are navigated. There are a great number of categories that elder law covers. From watching over finances to protecting property to ensuring that medical needs are met, those who need assistance must make certain that they are on firm legal ground.

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    --Robert and Christine Simonson, Fairport
  • In order to finalize the documents we came to your office and were greeted in a very professional manner and we could not have asked for finer service. We left with copies of everything we needed and feel very confident our needs have been met. Thanks again. We will surely recommend you should the opportunity arise.

    — Christine and Robert Simonson, Fairport
  • I have been working with Weinstein & Randisi for about two years now. Elizabeth Randisi, through a very thorough process, has helped my wife and me determine what is really important in our lives. Thus, we were able to draft a living will that reflected our most important values regarding our estate.

    --David and Ajia Cherry, Fairport
  • I would like to give a testimony for Elizabeth Randisi, an estate attorney with Weinstein & Randisi. Her knowledge of wills and estate planning was clearly demonstrated in her presentation to us. Realizing our need for a will, my husband and I went to see Elizabeth.

    --Kathy and Gary Gray, Webster
  • Filing for Medicaid is never an easy or fun process. However, working with the Weinstein & Randisi firm made the process simple and streamlined. We were able to obtain all files and records regarding Medicaid enrollment within a few days using specially prepared checklists and verbiage recommended by our assigned paralegal.

    --Ajia and David Cherry, Fairport
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