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What is a split shift and why is it so hard to get?

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Community Medicaid is a government funded, need-based program that cover’s long term care services in one’s home. This means that recipients who qualify can have a home health aide help them in their home.  There are two main assessments needed to qualify for Community Medicaid.  The financial assessment determines if the applicant is below certain…

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Debunking Myths Surrounding Probate

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The legalities surrounding a Last Will and Testament stem from Roman times, when six witnesses affixed their personal seals to a Will. The Will was later validated by examining these seals to make sure they remained intact. Today, we use staples instead of seals, but because the Probate process remains so formal, many misconceptions exist….

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5 Top Reasons Why Investment Real Estate Should Go into an LLC – Not a Corporation

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When purchasing investment property, it is better not to own the property in your personal name.  Both a Limited Liability Company (LLC) and a Corporation (Corp) offer creditor protection. They create a separation between personal assets and assets owned by the business. In the event of any lawsuit or liability, exposure is limited to the…

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Britt Burner, Esq. named Partner at Burner Law Group, P.C.

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Burner Law Group, P.C. is pleased to announce that Britt Burner, Esq. has become a Partner of the firm. Since joining the firm in 2014, Britt has been the driving force behind Burner Law Group’s Manhattan office and an integral part of all of the firm’s four locations. Serving clients from New York City to…

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2023 Will Bring Expanded Eligibility for Community Medicaid

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Change is coming! The New York State Fiscal Year 2023 budget expands the ability for New Yorkers to qualify for Medicaid if they are 65+ years old, blind or disabled. Effective January 1, 2023, the allowable amounts for income and assets are increasing. Income Expansion The income amount for Community Medicaid recipients will be raised…

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Congratulations Nancy and Hofstra School of Law!

We are proud to announce that Nancy Burner was inducted to the Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law Inaugural Hall of Fame as one of only 50 inductees. The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University inducted 50 alumni, as well as 15 distinguished alumni on the bench, into its inaugural…

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Rights of a Surviving Spouse

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Pursuant to New York State law, you cannot completely disinherit a spouse. A surviving spouse at the time of a decedent’s death has a statutory right to inherit an “elective share” of the deceased spouse’s assets. A surviving spouse may elect against the deceased spouse’s estate in an amount up to $50,000 or one-third of…

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Tax Season is the Perfect Time for Estate Planning

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Spring is here and so is tax season. The income tax filing deadline this year is April 18, 2022. You have likely been gathering your documents or filing an extension. Since you are already working on putting your affairs in order, this is the perfect time to finally check estate planning off your to-do list. …

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Estate Planning Basics Seminar

« Back to Seminars Estate Planning Basics Thursday, May 12 at 5:30 PM Join attorney Britt Burner, Esq. as she discusses the importance of having basic Estate Planning documents in place including advance directives, durable power of attorneys and last will and testaments. Also discussed will be New York State’s new Durable Power of Attorney…

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Joint Tenants with Rights of Survivorship Explained

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When you buy a real estate with someone in New York State there are three ways you could take title: (i) as tenants in common; (ii) as joint tenants with rights of survivorship; or (iii)  if married, as tenants by the entirety. The word “tenants” refers to individuals who are co-owners and not to be…

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