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Obtaining child support and services for relative caregivers

        Grandparents (or other family members) raising grandchildren face unique challenges as they become parents a second time around, and must often navigate a dizzying array of legal, financial, and social challenges as they step in to care for their grandchildren. In addition, grandparents must often stretch their budgets when they take on the…

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Caregiver Supports

At Legal Services for the Elderly, we often work with caregivers who assist clients by providing physical, medical, and emotional support.  We applaud the selfless work of these caregivers; taking care of an aging spouse, parent, friend, or relative can be very rewarding but is also incredibly stressful.  It is important to reach out if…

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Write Letters to Your Representatives!

Have you ever written a letter to your government representative? If not, you should consider it! Elected officials are interested in what their constituents have to say. If there is a topic important to you, consider sending a brief letter to your local representative. United State House of Representatives If you live in 26th Congressional…

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Checklist – What to do when your spouse dies

Get 5-6 copies of death certificate from the funeral director. Contact Social Security to report death and apply for lump sum death benefit ($255) and possible increase in Social Security for you. You will continue to have access to all jointly-held accounts and safe-deposit boxes. There is usually no need to change those joint accounts…

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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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Income too high for Medicaid? Spenddown!

Medicaid is a health insurance program for New Yorkers who cannot afford to pay for their own medical care.  Because Medicaid is a program for the poor, people must have income and assets below a certain limit to be eligible for coverage.  Under the Affordable Care Act, many more New Yorkers will qualify for Medicaid…

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