New York Elder Law and
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NY Elder Law Group

NY Elder Law Group provides comprehensive estate planning and elder law services. Since 1997, NY Elder Law Group has worked to protect the interests of individuals and families in New York as they make important decisions about their care. If you are seeking assistance with estate planning services, Medicaid planning, Medicaid applications, Medicaid trusts, and probate services, our law firm can help.

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The Elder Law Experience You Need 

Unsure of how to plan your estate? Need help establishing care for your aging loved one? Is there suspicion surrounding wills or trusts? NY Elder Law Group is the law firm you need. Lori Somekh, a New York elder law, and estate planning attorney, has practiced elder law since 1997 and helped hundreds of clients just like you. 

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Our Estate Planning and Elder Law Services 

At NY Elder Law Group, we provide a holistic approach to estate planning and long-term care. Our New York elder law firm helps clients deal with crises and make plans to avoid them. Learn more about each of our services below. NY Elder Law Group can assist you with the following: 

Long-Term Care Planning

Long-term care planning involves making arrangements for the care and support of individuals who require assistance with daily living activities due to a chronic illness, disability, or age. The purpose of long-term care is to make sure that you and your family members receive the appropriate level of care as well as to protect your financial resources. 

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Estate Planning

Estate planning consists of establishing, drafting, and conveying the wishes that will be outlined in a will and trust. Planning your estate allows you to appoint Powers of Attorney and healthcare proxies to ensure that your wishes are carried out – no matter where you are in life

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Elder Law

NY Elder Law Group provides legal assistance and guidance to seniors, their families, and caregivers, helping them navigate complex legal issues related to aging, estate planning, long-term care, Medicaid planning, and more.

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Medicaid Planning

The everchanging Medicaid landscape in New York can be hard to keep up with. Our practice aims to keep you updated on how Medicaid changes in New York and provide guidance that allows you to plan and apply for Medicaid. Additionally, we will provide you with the estate planning tools you need to qualify for Medicaid and protect your assets.

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Client Stories

At Somekh & Associates, we understand that no two cases are the same; because of this, we are ready to take on the nuances of your wishes and come up with solutions tailored to you. 

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Lori and her team are excellent at what they do. The attention to detail, knowledge of state laws regarding real estate and elder law is top notch. You won't be disappointed.

N. E.

Great attorney who helped my husband hasan tremendously to close my case within 2 weeks. Highly recommended"

F. H.

I highly recommend Lori and her office, impeccable job, honest, she is very human , who listen and understands.I appreciate the very detailed invoice she gave to me where every dollar spent was explained transparent transaction

J. P.

I initially approached Lori Somekh based upon the fact that she was a fellow alumni from St. John's University. Knowing that the school has many excellent practicing attorneys was important for me, but one that specialized in elder care even more so. I wanted someone with the experience and expertise that could assist me in setting up Power of Attorney for my Grandparents. Lori did a great job. I would definitely recommend her to a friend and plan to use her services again.

T. L.

Elder Law Practice FAQ

What is the Medicaid look-back period?

To protect your assets and income from the high costs of nursing homes and home care, Medicaid planning should be done before needing care. New York has something called a “look-back” period that determines your Medicaid eligibility. If you apply for Medicaid, the state will look back at your assets, how you spent your assets, and what kind of assets were gifted in the last five years. You might not be eligible for Medicaid coverage if your assets exceed a specific amount.

Why is it important to plan your estate?

Planning your estate is extremely important, regardless of your age or net worth. Estate planning gives you control over your assets and allows you to specify how those assets will be distributed upon death. Estate planning also helps you minimize your estate’s tax liability. In addition, you will be able to better protect your beneficiaries from probate and potential threats to their inheritance.  Finally, estate planning provides peace of mind knowing that your loved ones and those you trust are in a position to provide for your care in the event of incapacitation.

What is probate?

Probate court will facilitate the distribution of assets or debts. A will determines how the court does this, and if there’s no will, then the court determines what happens to your assets, and debts will be collected, managed, and distributed. Probate is the process of using the courts to determine who is going to be responsible for your assets after your passing. The probate process is initiated when someone passes away without an estate plan.

What are things you need to do to plan your estate effectively?

To effectively plan your estate, you will need to make a will, consider making a trust, designate beneficiaries, and plan for incapacity. Additionally, after your estate plan has been crafted, you should update it regularly to reflect any major life changes so that your wishes are carried out no matter the circumstances. Working with an experienced New York estate planning attorney can ensure that your estate plan fully reflects your wishes.

Do you need help planning your estate? Are you or a family member suffering from nursing home abuse? Are you facing probate and do not know where to start? NY Elder Law Group can help. Schedule your free 15-minute consultation today.

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If you are seeking elder law or estate planning assistance, contact NY Elder Law Group today to get started. Call (718) 740-3300 or schedule a consultation through our website.

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