Elder Law Bulletin
July 2009
Littman Krooks LLP
New York City  White Plains  Fishkill
Dear Friends,
We have sent you this e-newsletter to keep you updated on the very latest in elder law news. Littman Krooks LLP is a law firm dedicated to serving the needs of seniors and those with special needs.
Check out our blog (www.littmankrooks.com/elder-law), with insights from elder law authority Bernard A. Krooks.   Get the latest information on Elder Law, Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning. You can also post questions and comments. If you are interested in  having a topic appear on the blog, email your ideas to ngarcia@littmankrooks.com.
As always, your feedback concerning this newsletter is important to us. You may contact us at info@littmankrooks.com.

You May Be Able to Claim Social Security Benefits Now and Claim More Later  

 If you are married, there is a strategy that may allow you to claim Social Security benefits before your full retirement age and then claim more benefits later. Click here to read more

Don't Fall for the "Certified Copy of Your Deed" Swindle

Would you pay $60 for something you could get for as little as $1 and probably don't need at all? A company called National Deed Service is hoping to persuade homeowners to part with the extra cash to purchase a "certified copy" of the deed to their home. Officials in many states are warning homeowners not to fall for the company's deceptive, but apparently legal, pitch. Click here to read more.

Do You Have the Right Fiduciary?
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When creating an estate plan, an important decision is whom to name as your fiduciary. A fiduciary is a fancy legal term for the person who will take care of your property for you if you are unable to do it yourself, such as the executor of an estate, the trustee of a trust, or an attorney-in-fact under a power of attorney. Your first instinct might be to name one of your children as a fiduciary, but if you want to avoid conflict among your children, this might not be the best option. Click here to read more.

Mediation Can Facilitate an Amicable Senior Divorce

As people live longer, the divorce rate among seniors is growing. Older couples confront different problems than younger ones do when getting divorced, and a mediator can help sort through these issues and facilitate an amicable settlement. Click here to read more 
About Our Law Firm
Littman Krooks LLP offers legal services in several areas of law, including Elder law, Special Needs Planning, Special Education Advocacy, Trusts and Estates, Guardianship, Estate and Tax Planning, Estate Administration/Probate, Medicaid, Public Benefits and Corporate and Securities.  Our offices are located at:
655 Third Avenue,  New York, New York 10017
399 Knollwood Road, White Plains, New York 10603 
21 Old Main Street, Fishkill, New York 12524
To find out more information about Littman Krooks LLP, visit our website at www.littmankrooks.com
In This Issue
You May Be Able to Claim Social Security Benefits Now and Claim More Later
Beware of Generic Health Care Proxy
Don't Fall for the "Certified Copy of Your Deed" Swindle
Mediation Can Facilitate an Amicable Senior Divorce
Attorney Spotlight
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Vincent P. Mancino, Esq. is a partner with Littman Krooks LLP, whose practice focuses on Elder Law and Trusts and Estates. Mr. Mancino received his undergraduate degree from State University at Albany and his Juris Doctor from St. John's University. He recently spoke at a seminar entitled "Recession and Long-Term Care: Shifting Realities."
To find out more about Vince or any of our other attorneys please visit our website at www.littmankrooks.com.
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