NYS Power of Attorney Law

Changes to the New York State Power of Attorney law took effect on June 13, 2021.  While these changes to not impact existing Power of Attorney documents (completed before June 13, 2021), they do affect these documents moving forward.  For more information on these changes and questions that you may have, please see our informational…

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 Chafee Funds Program of NYS: COVID-19 Cash Assistance for Foster Youth

submitted by Kiana Stamps, intern The Chafee Program offers assistance to help current and former foster care youth achieve self-sufficiency. Additional Chafee Cash Assistance funds will be distributed on a one-time, first-come, first served basis in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. ELIGIBILITY: Chafee cash assistance is available until September 30, 2021 for: Young adults, 18…

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Increased Child Tax Credit for Tax Year 2021

Low- and moderate-income families will soon get monthly payments of $250 or $300 per month per child through an increase to the federal Child Tax Credit (tax year 2021 only). This includes grandparents of other relatives raising a child. If you are a parent or caregiver, have already filed your 2019 or 2020 tax return and…

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Chautauqua County WEAAD Activities Planned

 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was yesterday, June 15th, 2021, and during the entire month of June, communities around the world work together to promote an understanding of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue. The Center for Elder Law & Justice is proud to partner with the Chautauqua County Council…

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Gender Recognition Act

Yesterday, the New York Senate passed the Gender Recognition Act, in a step to expedite and simplify the legal name and gender marker change processes, and benefiting the Transgender and Nonbinary individuals in particular.  This bill has yet to be voted on by the New York Assembly. The Center for Elder Law & Justice is…

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Emergency Regulations for Personal Caregiving and Compassionate Caregiving Visitors in Nursing Homes and Adult Care Facilities

submitted by Bria Lewis, Esq, Staff Attorney On June 1, 2021, the NYS Department of Health (DOH) issued emergency regulations for personal caregiving and compassionate caregiving visitors in nursing homes and adult care facilities, as established by 2801-h of the Public Health Law (PHL) and section 461-u of the Social Services Law (SSL). These regulations…

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