For PA Professionals working with Seniors and those with disabilities We are inviting PA professionals who work with Seniors and those with disabilities to attend our 2010 “Focus on the Professional” Seminar Series for PA, beginning on March 10, 2010. Click the graphic below to visit our website where you can get further information or […]

The Effects of Health Care Reform on Long-Term Care Most of the discussion about health reform has centered around issues like the “public option” and abortion restrictions. But buried in both the House and Senate reform bills are important provisions that would make long-term care more affordable, help the elderly and disabled remain at home […]

Switching Medicare Plans If You Move Our office works with clients and there families who are moving from another state to new Jersey or Pennsylvania. If you are over 65 and preparing to move to another county or state, be sure to add “check Medicare plan” to your to-do list. You need to make sure […]

The Official Rothkoff Elder Law “Top 10” reasons to join our team The Memory Walk sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s disease care, support and research. Rothkoff Elder Care Law is pleased to further our support of the Alzheimer’s Association by forming a team […]

Advice On Making Health Care Decisions For Someone Else When you name someone as your health care agent, you literally entrust them with life-and-death decisions. When you are the agent the job can sometimes seem overwhelming. Sometimes health care decisions must be made by someone who was not even designated in a power of attorney. […]

Who Is Eligible For A VA Burial Allowance? Burial benefits from the Veterans Administration (VA) are payable only under certain conditions. You may be eligible for a VA burial allowance if: you paid for a veteran’s burial or funeral, AND you have not been reimbursed by another government agency or some other source, such as the deceased […]

What Records to Keep and How Long to Keep Them I recently spent a weekend afternoon going through old financial documents and deciding what I could discard. Digging through piles of records can be a frustrating task. It can take only one search to find something to raise the question: “Do I really need to […]

Stimulus Payment for Social Security Recipients to Arrive in May’s Mail On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the stimulus bill). This law provides for a one-time economic recovery payment of $250 to most Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) […]

Housing Crisis Affects Seniors’ Efforts to Move A recent New York Times article highlighted the effect of the housing crisis on the ability of seniors to move into retirement communities or assisted living centers. For many seniors, their homes are their most valuable asset, particularly as the stock market has declined, and they have seen […]

Congress Waives Retirement Account Distribution Requirements for 2009 – May Affect Income Calculation Requirements for Medicaid Community Spouses Congress has passed and President Bush has recently signed legislation that will temporarily suspend the penalty for seniors who fail to take the required minimum distribution from IRA and employer retirement accounts in 2009. However, the penalty […]

Questions for Aging Parents, by Jerold E. Rothkoff Our office constantly meets with adult child who are frustrated at their parents perceived refusal to heed their children’s advice. A recent Real Simple magazine article discussed how adult children and their parents can have an open discussion about their concerns, and together face the challenges of […]

A Review of Key Elder Law Numbers for 2009 Below is compilation of Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and other figures for 2009 that are of interest to the elderly, their families, and those that work with them. Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Figures for 2009 In 2009, the spouse of a Medicaid recipient living in a nursing […]