Practice Area: Elder Law & Special Needs

What Is Medical Aid In Dying… And What It Isn’t

The issue is not whether we will die, but how we will die and who makes decisions at life’s end. For terminally ill patients with decision-making capacity, there are options to hasten death such as stopping life-sustaining treatments or refusing food and water. There is also the medical aid in dying option that David C. … Continued

A Disaster Waiting To Happen: COVID-19 and Nursing Homes

The coronavirus was simply the spotlight that exposed systemic problems in how care and services are provided to elderly residents in nursing homes across New York. A history of failure to enforce laws and standards of care directly correlates to how facilities could care for their residents when confronted with a pandemic. This was a … Continued

The Covid Crisis and Nursing Home Reform

The New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) is examining why a disproportionate number of residents died from COVID-19 in nursing homes and long-term care facilities across the state. Nearly 6,700 coronavirus deaths occurred in nursing homes in New York State, the most of any state. According to the New York Times, 40% of all coronavirus … Continued

COVID-19: Execution of Estate Planning Documents

View this complimentary presentation sponsored by the Elder Law and Special Needs Section & Trusts and Estates Law Section of NYSBA.  COVID-19: Execution of Estate Planning Documents: Perspectives and Thoughts on How this Will Affect Our Practice   Speakers: Jill Beier, Esq., Beier PLLC, Lake Placid, NY Deborah Kearns, Esq., Chief Clerk, Albany County Surrogates … Continued


The Medicaid Committee and Fair Hearing and Litigation Committee of the Elder Law Section of the NYS Bar are collecting information about your experiences with MLTC in all counties outside of New York City and its boroughs (HRA). Please take a few moments to read this letter and complete the survey at the end. In … Continued