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Sep 18, 2020

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.» Read More

Aug 28, 2020

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In this session, “Guardianship and Supported Decision-Making,” A. Nichole Cipriani, a Member of the firm, was joined by Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant at Merrill Lynch Wealth ManagementRead More

Jun 30, 2020

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Creating a Letter of Intent and a Life Plan

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present this Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series. In the fifth session, “Creating a Letter of Intent and a Life Plan,” Abbey M. Horwitz, a Member of the firm, spoke with Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant of Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, and Heidi Rome, internationally-recognized expert on the autism journey for mothers, Autism Mom Coach, and founder of Moms Spectrum OasisRead More

Jun 10, 2020

Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series: Integrating Financial & Legal Planning for Families with a Child with a Disability

The law firm Norris McLaughlin, P.A., is pleased to present the second session of the Special Needs Spotlight Webinar Series, “Integrating Financial & Legal Planning for Families with a Child with a Disability.” Shana Siegel, a Member of the firm and Chair of its Elder Care & Special Needs Law Practice Group, and Elizabeth McKenna, CFP and Chartered Special Needs Consultant at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, spoke on financial, estate, and other legal planning for families with children with special needs.» Read More

May 26, 2020

Caught Paying for Rehab Due to Observation Status? Medicare May Owe You

For years, elder law attorneys have warned clients about a troubling, curious quirk in the Medicare system. Many times, when older patients are hospitalized, instead of being officially admitted, they are placed on “observation status,” which was originally meant as a temporary designation for individuals who were receiving medical care and tests in a hospital setting until they were released, or a diagnosis was made and they were officially admitted.» Read More

Apr 15, 2020

If Not Now, When? New Legislation Simplifies Estate Planning in the Time of Coronavirus

New Jersey Governor Murphy has just made it easier to complete your estate planning during this coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Many law firms, like ours, are offering Zoom meetings and phone consultations to comply with the social distancing measures. We email and mail documents to our clients.» Read More

Mar 20, 2020

COVID-19’s Impact Multiplies for Seniors and Vulnerable Adults

Every hour another complication of the coronavirus (COVID-19) seems to emerge, many of which seem to fall most heavily on individuals with disabilities and seniors. Obviously, the risk of illness is greatest for the elderly and other people with underlying health illnesses.» Read More

Mar 11, 2020

What Should I Do If My Loved One’s Nursing Home Bans Visitors Due to Coronavirus?

Seniors and nursing home residents are at particular risk from the COVID-19 Coronavirus. Current estimates are that the death rate is likely to be at least 15% and perhaps substantially higher for this population. Many area nursing homes have decided to prohibit all visitors out of “an abundance of caution.”» Read More

Mar 03, 2020

Steps That Seniors and Individuals With Serious Health Issues Should Do Now to Prepare for Possible Coronavirus Outbreak

As the Life Care Center of Kirkland in the Seattle area has emerged as the first nursing home in the country to report residents infected with the Coronavirus, senior living and health facilities are bracing for the impact of the outbreak.» Read More

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