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Welcome To The Elder Justice Blog!

Thank you for visiting the Elder Justice Blog! You will find information here organized into categories such as health care, housing, substituted decision making, and many others that correspond with our areas of legal expertise. We have also created a Self-Help section of the blog.  Please share our blog posts using the social media buttons on…

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CELJ Public Comment on Proposed Changes to Public Charge Rules

The Center for Elder Law and Justice (“CELJ”) strongly opposes the proposed changes to the public charge rules for immigration, which would add many potentially disqualifying factors to the list used to evaluate applications for permanent residency.  These proposed changes are not based on sound evidence, are incompatible with our citizenship and naturalization policies, and…

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BEWARE OF HOLIDAY SCAMS

By: Helen Ferraro- Zaffram As we enjoy the holidays this season, it is important that we not fall prey to various scams. Unfortunately, once monies are sent or through phishing the perpetrators have our important information, we may never fully recover from the loss. The Better Business Bureau shares information on twelve known scams. They…

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CELJ comments on the Adult Care Facility Regulations.

November 1, 2018 Via email (regsqna@health.ny.gov) and mail Katherine Ceroalo New York State Department of Health Bureau of House Counsel, Regulatory Affairs Unit Corning Tower Building, Rm. 2438 Empire State Plaza Albany, New York 12237 Re: Proposed Amendment of Parts 487, 488, 490 and 494 of Title 18 NYCRR (Admission and Retention Standards for Adult…

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Time to Change: A Social Worker’s Perspective on Domestic Violence

By Katie Earl, LMSW Every day I have the privilege to help older adults in abusive situations. These are individuals who, through no fault of their own, are victimized by someone they know and love. When I think of October, I automatically think of Domestic Violence Awareness Month because of my work. I strongly support…

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Help for City of Buffalo Homeowners Facing Tax Foreclosure

  Free Attorney Representation for City of Buffalo Residents Facing Tax Foreclosure Center for Elder Law & Justice provides free representation for homeowners facing foreclosure in the City of Buffalo   Are you struggling to pay your property taxes in the City of Buffalo? You may be at risk of losing your home. The Center…

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CELJ is Hiring!

The Center for Elder Law & Justice, Inc. (“CELJ”) is seeking a dynamic Pro Bono & Community Engagement Coordinator. CELJ is a 49 person nonprofit law office with three offices located throughout Western New York. It is our mission to use the legal system to help our clients live independently and with dignity. About the…

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ANOTHER VOICE: NURSING HOME SAFETY CONCERNS THE WHOLE COMMUNITY

In late July I had the opportunity to attend the United Nations 9th Working Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on Aging. The purpose of this work group is to strengthen the protection of the human rights of older persons. A focus for the ninth session was long-term care and palliative care. While many excellent…

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Buffalo Alert- Ongoing SSA Impersonation Schemes

The Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, warns the community about an ongoing Social Security Administration (SSA) impersonation scheme. Several reports have been made in regards to people receiving suspicious phone calls from automated recordings informing people that their Social Security number (SSN) “has been suspended for suspicion of illegal activity. ”…

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Most Common Financial Scams and How to Avoid Them

There are at least 5 million cases of financial scams in the United States each year, and the aging population is the most likely to be affected. Here is a list of the top 10 most common senior scams:   1. Medicare/ Health Insurance Fraud The scam: Medicare recipients will be receiving a new Medicare…

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