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About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

Pursuant to the Social Security Administration, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for more than 66 million Americans will increase 2.0 percent in 2018, the Social Security Administration announced today. The 2.0 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits payable to more than 61 million Social Security beneficiaries in January 2018.  […]

According to a recent survey conducted by Genworth Financial, long-term care costs are surging and the most expensive option — a private nursing home room — may soon top $100,000 per year on average nationally.  However, in the Philadelphia and South Jersey areas, average annual nursing home costs already exceed $100,000 up to at least $150,000 […]

In the wake of the recent hurricanes that have devastated Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and several other Caribbean islands, emergency preparedness, especially for the vulnerable adult population, has become a priority. The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care has put together a list of resources relating to emergency preparedness and the vulnerable adult […]

Last week, on September 21, the world observed World Alzheimer’s Day, a day in which Alzheimer’s organizations around the world concentrate their efforts on raising awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. Alzheimer’s and related dementia is a world health care crisis. It has become an increasing challenge to adequately provide services to those with dementia living […]

Rothkoff Law Group is proud to announce  the opening of our Mercer County, NJ office.  We will be accepting appointments in the Mercer County office effective September 15, 2017 to serve the elder care law needs of those in Northern Burlington County, Mercer County, and all of Central New Jersey. The Mercer County office is our third New Jersey […]

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reminds the Medicare community of the Jimmo Settlement Agreement (January 2013), which clarified that the Medicare program covers skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services under Medicare’s skilled nursing facility, home health, and outpatient therapy benefits when a beneficiary needs skilled care in order to maintain function or […]

When I enter our office’s conference room to meet a prospective elderly client for the first time, I am not always sure where  I will be sitting.  Mainly because, if the client has a hearing deficit, I want to sit on client’s better hearing side. We have a hearing  amplification device with headphones we sometimes give the client, […]

I am a proud graduate of the Philadelphia Public School system.  Today, like many large urban public school systems, The Philadelphia School  District struggles with educating students who may be in crisis at home.  As a result, the school district recently announced plans to hire 22 school social workers to address the emotional and psychological needs of students […]

Decision in Alexander v. Price Means Medicare Patients Could Gain Right to Appeal Placement on “Observation Status” and Avoid Large Medical Bills On July 31, 2017, a Connecticut federal district court issued decision  certifying a nationwide class of hospital patients who may gain the right to appeal their placement on observation status.  In Alexander v. Price, 3:11-CV-1703 (MPS), Judge […]

Jerry Rothkoff was named by SJ Magazine as a 2017 South Jersey “Top Attorney” for excellence in the area of elder law.  Lawyers on the “Top Attorneys” list were voted by other attorneys in South Jersey and described by the publication as “standouts in the legal arena” and “esteemed attorneys who have risen to the top and continue […]

It is fascinating when traveling to other countries to witness innovative ideas, especially regarding aging issues.  An example is from a recent visit my wife and I made to Toronto, Ontario.  While traveling around Toronto, we saw artistic creations of brains scattered in different parts of the city.  We learned that these brains were created to raise awareness regarding […]

12 members of our office attended the 20th annual PA Elder Law Institute in Harrisburg, PA on July 20-21, 2017.  Jerry Rothkoff was a featured Institute presenter to elder law attorneys throughout Pennsylvania on topics including “Incorporating Health Care Advocacy into Your Elder Law Practice” and “The Unauthorized Practice of Law”.  Pictured are our firm team members attending […]

Our daughter, Liza, entering her sophomore year at Hofstra University, is interning at our office this summer. She assists with opening files and scanning documents into our system, and is in the field with out geriatric care coordinators one day each week. After her first week, her first observation was how busy we all were […]

A recent study emphasizes the importance of caregivers obtaining support.  According to a recent study by UC Berkeley, patients with dementia may actually die sooner if their family caregivers are mentally stressed. From 2007 until 2016, UC Berkeley researchers tracked the mortality of 176 patients with neurodegenerative diseases that are corrosive to brain function. They […]