Author Archives: herzoglaw

What is Guardianship?

In New York State, everyone who turns 18 is automatically assumed to be legally competent to make decisions for themselves. Guardianship is a court process of appointing an adult to make medical and/or financial decisions on behalf of an individual (a “Ward”). Guardianship is commonly used for minors and persons with special needs who cannot make those […]
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The Caregiver’s Conundrum

By: David A. Kubikian, Esq. When I meet with prospective clients who want to engage in Estate Planning or Elder Law, it is not uncommon to hear them forcefully tell me something along the lines of “I will never go to a nursing home” and/or hear them allude to preferring to take walk in the […]
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Movie Lessons in Estate Planning: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

By David A. Kubikian   Special Edition:  Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Earlier this week, the world lost one of its classic cinematic comedians.  Gene Wilder, the lead in comedy hall of fame movies Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles passed away after a long fight with Alzheimer’s.  Instead of a TV show edition, we […]
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Preserving a Vacation Home or Camp for Future Generations

When people own something of sentimental value, they are sometimes unsure of how to pass it pass it down to their family for future generations to enjoy. This can especially happen with a vacation home or camp that has been in the family for years. Example: You own a beach or lake-front vacation home for years in […]
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What is Involved in Being an Estate Executor?

If you are asked to serve as the executor of Will, think carefully about the decision before accepting the position. Acting as an executor or administrator of an estate can involve a great deal of work, depending on assets and the complexity of the estate. For example, an estate with a large investment portfolio, property in […]
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Assisted Living Cost Considerations

Assisted Living facilities have become a popular option for aging people who do not need the level of care offered in a nursing home, but need some assistance with activities of daily living and want to maintain some independence. To make an informed choice among the many facilities available, you need information about staff qualifications, […]
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Pet Trusts Help Ensure the Future Care of a Beloved Animal

May is National Pet Month and celebrates the joy and benefits that pets bring to people’s lives. It’s a unfortunate fact that many well-loved pets become orphans or neglected when their owners die or become incapacitated. If family members, friends or neighbors don’t intervene, these pets will likely enter animal shelters where they may be euthanized if new […]
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