Call to action: use your voice to implement change!

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Esq. At the Center for Elder Law & Justice, we advocate for quality of life and quality of care improvements in WNY adult care facilities and nursing homes. Below are two advocacy actions residents, families, and their supporters can take to make their voices heard and improve the quality of life…

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In New York, Identity Theft Is Elder Abuse

Erin Riker, Esq. – Technology-Based Legal Services Attorney New York has recently enacted legislation that legally classifies identity theft against an older adult as elder abuse. Although identity theft has always been illegal, this legislation gives the Office for the Aging and non-governmental agencies additional authority to provide services for seniors who are victims of…

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CMS: Visitation in Nursing Homes is Allowed for All Residents at All Times

submitted by Lindsay Heckler, Supervising Attorney *UPDATE* NYS Department of Health directs nursing homes to follow CMS guidelines: visitation in nursing homes is allowed for all residents at all times. On November 16, 2021, the NYS Department of Health issued Dear Administrator Letter DAL-NH 21-27, accessed here, directing all nursing homes to immediately comply with…

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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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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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