Littman Krooks LLP Newsletter
Pleased to Announce
Bernard A. Krooks has been named to the prestigious roster of The Best Lawyers in America for the fourth year in a row, in recognition of his pioneering role in the area of elder law.
Elizabeth Valentin has been appointed to the diversity committee 
Community Outreach
Vincent PMancino spoke on the new power of attorney law, other advance directives, and related estate planning at The Manor at Woodside
Littman Krooks sponsored a new toy/gift drive for Family Ties of Westchester, an organization dedicated to serving the families of children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
Terry Devens helped organize and was a "Table Coach," at "Students Making Connections," sponsored by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce and held at Marist College. 
Valarie Chessler brought her Tiger Scouts to the Dumont Masonic Nursing Home, New Rochelle, to deliver holiday cards, crafts and baked goods that they had made.

As a service to our clients and the many community organizations that serve them, Littman Krooks regularly publicizes local events on our website calendar. Click here to learn about activities that focus on special needs, elder law,estate planning, special needs planning, and special education advocacy.
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Bernie the Attorney Radio Show 
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The spring programming season for our weekly radio show will begin Thursday, March 18, from 6:05 to 6:35 p.m. on WFAS 1230 AM. We'll keep you posted concerning our schedule of authoritative interviews on elder law, special needs planning, special education advocacy, and estate planning.
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January 2010 
Proposed Bill Bans "Restraint and Seclusion Practices"
A bill banning certain types of "restraint and seclusion" by schools has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Click here to read more)

The Secret of When Less Is More

In some cases, the use of SNTs funds can improve quality of life enough to justify a reduction in government benefits. The key is to draft flexible SNTs.(Click here to read more)

Lauren Mechaly Joins Firm 

Lauren I. Mechaly has joined Littman Krooks as an associate attorney, focusing on elder law, special education advocacy, and special needs planning. (Click here to read more)

No Change in Medicaid Spousal Improverishment Standards for 2010

For the first time since 1989, when a law was enacted protecting the spouses of institutionalized Medicaid recipients from impoverishment, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is not raising its guidelines for how much money the husbands or wives of institutionalized Medicaid recipients may keep.(Click here to read more)
The Boomer's Guide to Aging Parents

As members of the boomer generation become caretakers for their parents, more and more guides are popping up. The Boomer's Guide to Aging Parents provides practical information on topics that aren't always covered in depth in other books.(Click here to read more)

Understanding the Differences Between a Will and a Trust

 Everyone has heard the terms "will" and "trust," but not everyone knows the differences between the two. Both are useful estate planning devices that serve different purposes, and both can work together to create a complete estate plan.(Click here to read more)

In the News
Issues of interest to seniors and the families of individuals with special needs are regularly covered by the media. Here are just a few examples...
 "Health Care Reform and Long-Term Care." Preserving Your Memory Magazine
"Retirment Planning Mishaps," Wall Street Journal
"Limits on Roth IRAs to End-Should You Convert?" Lawyers USA Online
Click here for a list of articles relating to elder law, estate planning, special needs planning, and special education advocacy.

 Seen and Heard 
Littman Krooks attorneys are regularly in the community, addressing issues of interest in the areas of elder law, estate planning, special needs planning, and special education advocacy. Recently, for instance...
Ellyn S. Kravitz and Bernard A. Krooks spoke on elder law at the Annual Tax Conference, hosted by the Nassau Chapter of the New York State Society of CPAs. 
Bernard A. Krooks spoke on "Financial and Estate Planning for Families with Special Needs Children" at the World Congress on Disabilities.
For details concerning upcoming events, click here.

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