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Community Outreach
Bernard A. Krooks will speak on guardianship and planning for the future at  Westchester Arc's Family Resource Day, March 6.
Adrienne J. Arkontaky will speak on "Life Planning for Familiies of Children with Special Needs" at the 2010 COPAA Conference (Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates) in St. Louis, Missouri, from March 11-14.
Dina Cohen was recently a judge for the Pace Law School Grand Moot Court Competition.
Adrienne J. Arkontaky will be the keynote speaker at the Putnam Independent Living Transition Fair, March 23.
Adrienne J. Arkontaky and Amy C. O'Hara hosted a seminar on Special Needs Planning for the Education Committee of the Westchester Womens Bar Association.

Elizabeth Valentin spoke on Medicaid planning at the New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. The presentation was delivered in Spanish.
Adrienne Arkontaky and Margaret Vogt spoke on "Preparing for your Child's Annual Review" at a recent Mount Pleasant SEPTA meeting.
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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Pleased to Announce
Elizabeth Valentin has been named the 1st District Representative for the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.
Bernie the Attorney Radio Show 
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Thursday Evenings
6:05 to 6:35 p.m.
Upcoming Guests
March 18, 2010 -
Dr. Christopher Tice, Brain Balance Achievement Center
March 25, 2010-
Diane Cooper,Geriatric Care Nurse, Caregivers Outreach Ministry Empowerment, Inc.
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February 2010 
Littman Krooks Celebrates 20th Anniversary
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Littman Krooks LLP. A great deal has changed since 1990. (Click here to read more)

Estate Tax Changes

With Senate Democrats unable to persuade Republicans to extend the 2009 estate tax law for even a couple of months until a more permanent solution could be devised, there is currently no tax on the estates of those dying during 2010. (Click here to read more)

Preparing for Your Child's Annual Review
The annual review of your child's Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is just aroud the corner, and it's important that parents arrive prepared to discuss their child's special education program. (Click here to read more)
Visit Our New Website
This month, Littman Krooks has launched a new website focusing on elder law and estate planning.

Financial Crisis Affects Prepaid 529 Plans

The current economy is affecting prepaid 529 Plans. Many plans are running out of money, causing states to impose higher fees or to consider shutting them down. (Click here to read more)

Federal Legislation to Eliminate Use of "Mental Retardation"

Rosa's Law would replace the term "mental retardation" with "intellectual disability" in federal programs.
Bank  Pays  Price for Refusing to Honor Request Made Under POA

Because of the risk of abuse, many banks will scrutinize a Power of Attorney (POA) carefully before allowing the agent to act on the principal's behalf, and often a bank will refuse to honor a POA. (Click here to read more)
Medicare Premium Rules Will Affect
Some Large Trusts

2010 Medicare premiums will increase for some beneficiaries of large Special Needs Trusts.(Click here to read more)
In the News
Here are just a few examples of recent media coverage relating to issues that may interest you...
 "Special Needs Trusts Give Caregivers Peace of Mind," Preserving Your Memory Magazine, Alzheimer's Association. 
" Long-Term Care Is Critical," Trusts & Estates.
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.
Bernard A. Krooks presented an elder law update at the Annual Meeting of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. 
Ellyn S. Kravitz spoke on elder law at an Elder Mediation Training session hosted by the Family and Divorce Mediation Council of Greater New York. 
Vincent P. Mancino spoke on elder law at the Rotary Club of the Pelhams. 
 Bernard A. Krooks participated in a PESI webinar entitled "Special Needs Trusts and Estate Planning-Oil and Vinegar?"
For details concerning upcoming events, click here.

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