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The Ultimate Act of Love By: Jerold E. Rothkoff In September, I attended the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLEA) annual meeting in Seattle, Washington. One conference presentation was devoted to the Washington State “Death with Dignity Act” which allows adults diagnosed with a terminal disease are deemed to have only six months to […]

Our 15th Year Assisting Seniors & Those With Disabilities – Thank You for Allowing Us to Be Part of the Journey By: Jerold E. Rothkoff   We are celebrating our 15th year assisting seniors and those with disabilities.  In November, we completed our move of our South Jersey office to a larger location.  The move […]

2014 Elder Law Numbers The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2014: Basic Part B premium: $104.90/month (no change from 2013) Part B deductible: $147 (no change from 2013) Part A deductible: $1,216 (was $1,184 in 2013) Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $304/day […]

Rothkoff Law Group follows a unique elder law firm model called Life Care Planning (find out more at lcplfa.org). This model encouraged its law firms to hire Care Coordinators (usually a social worker or nurse) to help clients navigate the long-term care maze.  We often hear, “What does the care coordinator do?” When we tell […]

VA Benefits – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly By: Joanne Solometo – VA Case Manager During my time with the Rothkoff Law Group, I can honestly say that I have seen the good, bad and ugly when it comes to the Department of Veterans Affairs.  I would like to take this time to explain. […]

Can Elder Law Attorney’s Be Nice People?  By: Jerold E. Rothkoff As an elder law attorney, I often visit clients in their homes who are unable to travel to our office due to their disability.  Approximately 2 months ago, I visited a client living in a multigenerational household – living with her son, his wife, […]

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Cooley joined our office as a Geriatric Care Coordinator effective November 1, 2012.  As a Geriatric Care Coordinator with the Rothkoff Law Group, Jennifer brings over ten years of extensive experience in advocacy for seniors and their families.  Most recently, as a Senior Services Specialist at a New […]

Who Don’t You See in this Picture? By: Janie De Leon-Male, M.S.S., LSW Here is our most recent family pic from September 2012, when we spent Leo’s third birthday at Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park in Lancaster, PA.   Romo, Leo and Janie Male Who don’t you see in the picture? Leo’s grandparents. Leo’s grandparents are […]

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2013: Basic Part B premium: $104.90/month Part B deductible: $147 Part A deductible: $1,184 Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $296/day Co-payment for hospital stay days 91-150: $592/day All costs for each day beyond 150 days Skilled […]

Rothkoff Law Group Continues Focus on Needs of Elderly I am writing this article from Cleveland, OH, where I am attending a conference of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. During the conference, I was sworn in as the President of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA). The LCPLFA is a national association of elder law firms which provide health care advocacy within the elder law practice. The honor of being President […]

What to Do When Dad Should Not Be Driving Do you remember when you first got a driver’s license? It was both scary and exhilarating: the adulthood it implied, the freedom it offered, the awesome responsibility. That was a memorable moment in most individual’s lives. Over the years I have met with many children of aging parents […]

Can I Give You A Hug? Absolutely! By: Jerold E. Rothkoff, Esquire Recently, I met with Michele regarding her mother, Helen.  Michele was referred to our office by the admissions director at the nursing home where her mother currently resided. Michele and I spent about 90 minutes together in our firm’s conference room.  During our […]

OBSERVATION STATUS: When is a Hospital Stay Not a Hospital Stay? By: Jerold E. Rothkoff, Esquire Recently, one of our clients, age 85, fell and broke four ribs, spending six days in the hospital.  Doctors and nurses examined her daily and gave her medications and oxygen to help her breathe. But when she was discharged, […]

Up, Up and Away! By: Jerold E. Rothkoff In my ten years in writing and publishing this Newsletter, I have yet to write a movie review –– until now. If you have not already done so, do not walk, kindly run to see the movie, Up. The title is deceptively simple, which is fitting, because […]