Social Security News: Stimulus and COLA

If you receive Social Security or SSI, you likely have already noticed that your check is slightly larger this year. The Social Security Administration has provided a 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for benefit payments. This brings the federal SSI payment to $794.» Read More The post Social Security News: Stimulus and COLA appeared first on…

What Guardians Should Know About COVID and the COVID-19 Vaccine

Should I Consent to My Ward/Loved One Getting Vaccinated? Remember that you are obligated to consult your ward and apply the substituted judgment standard; that means making the decision based on their previously expressed wishes and values, not what you or their physician thinks is best for them.» Read More The post What Guardians Should…

ALS Disability Insurance Access Act Eliminates Waiting Period for Social Security Disability Benefits

In the final days of 2020, the President signed the ALS Disability Insurance Access Act. This new law eliminates the five-month waiting period for individuals with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) before they can receive Social Security Disability benefits. Many people do not know that if you become disabled and can no longer work, you must…

Will the COVID-19 Vaccine Bring Reform To Long-Term Care Facilities?

In recent days, The New York Times has devoted several articles to the long-term care industry and its failure in the pandemic. (See “This Is Why Nursing Homes Failed So Badly,” “Nursing Home Patients Are Dying of Loneliness,” and “Push for Profits Left Nursing Homes Struggling to Provide Care.”) One writer opined that after COVID…

New FINRA Rule Aimed at Preventing Financial Advisors’ Exploitation of Senior Clients

Recently, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued a new regulation to protect investors from unscrupulous financial advisors and brokers. Rule 3241 limits the ability of a broker-dealer to be named as a beneficiary, executor, trustee, or power of attorney for one of their customers.» Read More The post New FINRA Rule Aimed at Preventing…

Next Surge of COVID-19 Impact on New Jersey Long-Term Care Facilities

As COVID cases surge again, many clients have expressed concerns about loved ones requiring long-term care. Families are naturally hesitant to consider facility placement. Facilities are definitely better prepared now than in the spring, and most have so far been able to keep cases under control. Many systemic problems remain, but two recently-passed bills are…

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Considering Residential Options

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this tenth and final session, “Considering Residential Options,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, will address the resources available in assisting individuals with special needs to determine their residential…

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Understanding NJ Medicaid for Individuals With Disabilities

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this next session, “Understanding NJ Medicaid for Individuals With Disabilities,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, was joined by Gwen Orlowski, Executive Director of Disability Rights New Jersey. Watch…

COVID-19 Relief for New Jersey Seniors and Long-Term Care Facilities

The impact of COVID-19 has disproportionately affected New Jersey seniors living in long-term care facilities. Nearly half of the state’s deaths were residents of these facilities, and nursing homes remain under strict lockdown. I have mourned the loss of clients and listened as families shared devastating stories of death, sudden and drastic decline, and isolation….

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Administering Special Needs Trusts

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this session, “Administering Special Needs Trusts,” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, addressed special needs trusts. Watch the recording here or read the transcript below: All right. So, today we’re…

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