In the Spring 2020 edition of the Rothkoff Quarterly Newsletter we covered the following: We Love (Virtual) Hugs, Rothkoff NJ Elder Care Symposium Postponed to October 8, 2020, Rothkoff Law Was Well Represented at San Diego Conference, and Rothkoff Law Group Celebrates 20th Anniversary.
Over 80 people, including current and former staff along with their guests gathered at a Center City Philadelphia restaurant on January 17, 2020 to celebrate our firm’s 20th anniversary. At the celebration, Jerry Rothkoff’s message to all those attending was “You are only as good as the people you associate with. Thank you to our entire elder care law team, our clients, and their families for your hard work, dedication, and faith in our office over the past twenty years. We look forward to many more years of doing [...]
On March 4-6, 2020, 12 Rothkoff Law team members attended the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association (LCPLFA) annual conference in San Diego, CA. The Rothkoff team had the largest representation of any law firm in the country. Jerry Rothkoff was asked by a conference attendee if he found value in bringing a dozen of his team across the country for three days. His answer was a resounding yes. He went on to say, “Our firm values continually educating our team. I find great joy in watching our team [...]
Due to COVID-19, the NJ Elder Care Symposium has been postponed until October 8, 2020. On the original Symposium date, April 30, 2020, we will be holding a virtual town forum on the impact of COVID-19 on the long-term care community. More information to follow. We want to thank the following sponsors for their participation, patience and support of our 3rd annual New Jersey Elder Care Symposium. Individual tickets can be purchased by visiting https://rothkofflaw.com/symposium/. Thank you to all of our 2020 NJ Sponsors and Exhibitors.
During the month of April you are invited to join Attorney Bryan J. Adler, Esq., CELA*, for a 15-20 minute at home chair workout. Not only is Bryan a Certified Elder Law Attorney but he is also a Certified Personal Trainer. These short workouts are designed as a low-impact activity with items already in your home. Tune in on Wednesday and Friday's to our Facebook Page. Our first session is Friday April 3, 200 at 11:00 am. See you then. *Certified as an Elder Law Attorney through the [...]
In these uncertain times Rothkoff Law Group recognizes that the need for healthcare advocacy has become paramount. Our professional partners continue to advocate and set expectations for families and residents. Their need for accurate information, sharing best practices and supporting one another has never been greater than during this fluid situation. In light of the current pandemic, Rothkoff Law Group is proud to announce that on Thursday, June 4 we are offering an ONLINE PANEL DISCUSSION consisting of local healthcare and business leaders who will highlight their journey [...]
Rothkoff Law Group Estate and Elder Care Planning During COVID-19: Answers to Common Client Questions
What a difference a few weeks makes in all our lives. While this too shall pass, clients have been calling with a variety of questions. In case you have some of the same questions, we wanted to share them with you as answers can ease anxieties. Are we open for business and accepting appointments? YES We are following all health care guidelines and state orders. Therefore, our entire staff is working remotely. However, we all have access to client documents, and communicate via Zoom, telephone, and/or email. We are [...]
Bridge the generations. Schools are closed and students are settling in at home with Distance Learning. Residents of our local nursing homes and assisted living communities are isolated as their family and friends are not allowed to enter the buildings to visit. Rothkoff Law Group is spearheading a fun and meaningful project to help bring the two generations together. Students can support our local communities during this time of COVID-19 isolation by writing letters, drawing pictures, and taking photos that would spread cheer to our senior community. Rothkoff Law [...]
There have been several emergency declarations from CMS in response to COVID-19. Our friends at Takacs McGinnis in Tennessee have put together an excellent synopsis of the most recent changes. COVID-19 and Medicare Rule Changes: What You Need to Know
To our valued clients, their loved ones and community partners, Rothkoff Law Group is open for business. We understand that elder care law needs still exist during this extraordinary time and in many cases, advocacy is needed more than ever. We recognize the anxiety that both our clients in long-term communities and their loved ones have by not being able to physically be with one another. Our team is here to serve our clients, their families, and our community partners. We are taking all necessary sanitizing and social distancing [...]
We think of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia as a disease effecting older individuals. However, diagnosis rates of early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s disease tripled between 2013 and 2017, according to a new study. Early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease jumped 200% among commercially insured Americans between the ages of 30 and 64 over a recent five-year period, a new analysis of Blue Cross and Blue Shield health insurer claims shows. “The increase in early-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s diagnoses among a generation who typically wouldn’t expect to encounter these conditions for several decades is [...]
With the 2019 tax filing season upon us, the IRS has attempted to make it easier for seniors to file their 2019 federal tax return. If you are 65 or older (or you turned 65 any time in 2019), you will have the option to use a new simple tax form for seniors, known as Form 1040-SR: U.S. Tax Return for Seniors, when you file your 2019 taxes in April 2020. In order to take advantage of this new form, you need to take the standard deduction—and the form incorporates [...]
We are proud to announce that we have rolled out a brand new website. Our goal with the new design was to create a more user-friendly experience for our valued clients and professional partners. We invite you to explore the new look and feel while taking advantage of the same great resources you have come to know and trust. Some of the key updates include: Mobile and tablet friendly - allowing you to access content on the go An easy to navigate homepage An “Elder Blog” offering extensive articles [...]
In case you may have missed it, a French animated short film about an artist’s struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease was nominated for an Oscar for best Animated Short Film at this year’s Academy Awards. As an artist sinks further into dementia, his world begins to appear more like oil paintings that become more abstract as his condition worsens. It is beautifully artistic and has a compelling real-life experience. The film took nine months to make and features uniquely styled puppets evoking the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh, Alberto Giacometti [...]
Many caregivers of our clients who are residents of an assisted living facility inquire as to the tax deductibility of the costs of assisted living expenses. The IRS provides rules for deducting certain qualified long-term care costs as medical expenses. Normally, the costs of nursing home care should be deductible, but the status of Assisted Living Facility (ALF) costs has not been as clear. For ALF residents, qualified long-term care costs are “necessary rehabilitative services, maintenance or personal care services that are (1) required by a chronically ill individual, [...]