Nassau County is a suburban county with a population of more than 1.3 million people. Nassau County is set on Long Island, immediately to the east of New York City, and is considered to be a part of the New York-Newark-Bridgeport area. Nassau County is one of the most affluent and high income areas of the United States, and has four of the top 10 towns in the nation in terms of median income. With high net worth comes significant risks and complicated estates. Finding a qualified and experienced elder law and estate planning attorney is essential. The Law Firm of Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC wants to help. Our legal team assists people with substantial estates and with high incomes to protect and grow their wealth and to secure their legacy.
Representing Clients in Nassau County
Of course, estate planning is important for people in all income brackets and elder law services benefit people at all age levels. No matter what your circumstances, our Nassau County elder law professionals can provide you with personalized and professional legal services.
Nassau County consists of two cities, three different towns 64 incorporate villages, and at least 60 different hamlets which have not been incorporated. The Law Firm of Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC provides representation to clients in all of the different villages, towns, cities, and counties. Our local firm is well-known throughout Nassau County and we pride ourselves on helping to protect residents both young and old.
Seniors in Nassau County
Seniors living in Nassau County must be very careful when selecting a nursing home where they will receive care. While there are more than 35 nursing homes in and around Nassau County according to Caring.com, the average rating for local nursing homes is just 2.8 out of five stars.
Nursing homes may provide substandard care as a result of inadequate policies, poor staffing training, under staffing, and a variety of other issues. An attorney can provide assistance in evaluating a nursing home, reviewing state ratings, and helping seniors and their families to make sure nursing home costs are covered.
An experienced Nassau County elder law attorney can also provide assistance in pursuing a civil action when abuse or neglect results in a senior being harmed. Unfortunately, many seniors are barred from civil claims due to arbitration clauses found in nursing home admission paperwork.
While an attorney can still help obtain compensation in arbitration, studies have shown the amount of damages generally will not be as high. There are also additional costs associated with arbitration. To avoid being forced to arbitrate a dispute, it is advisable for seniors and their families to have an attorney review nursing home admission paperwork before signing to determine if they are giving up their right to make a civil claim for damages.
Estate Planning and Elder Law Services in Nassau County
The Law Firm of Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC provides assistance with issues related to nursing homes, but our attorneys also do much more. We provide representation to people of all ages who need help with any type of elder law and estate planning matters. Some of the many services which we offer include:
- Financial planning and retirement planning
- Inheritance planning including protecting heirs from losing an inheritance due to mismanagement, divorce, bankruptcy or creditor claims.
- Legacy planning, including making sure you can pass a family business and providing advice on maximizing the value of charitable donations
- Nursing home planning to protect assets in case of nursing home admission
- Advanced healthcare planning so you control your own treatments even in the event of incapacity
- Guardianship proceedings in case a family member is incapacitated and has no power of attorney in place
- Power of attorney and other incapacity planning so your assets are managed if something happens to you
- Estate planning including probate avoidance and avoidance estate taxes
- Probate and trust administration for executors and heirs after a death
We offer these and many other services to help clients throughout Nassau County to prepare for the future. When you want to protect your assets, your autonomy, your family, and your future, our firm is the firm to trust.
Courts in Nassau County Addressing Estate Issues
Most estate planning efforts are focused on helping you to stay out of court as much as possible. For example, to avoid having your family members forced to pursue guardianship proceedings when you become incapacitated, you instead create a power of attorney. There are, however, some situations when going to court is required. If your loved one needs his assets managed after incapacity or if your loved one has died and probate must occur to transfer assets, you will find yourself in court.
A Nassau County estate planning lawyer can provide assistance in determining the right court to address your legal issues and can offer you help throughout the entire court process. Within Nassau County, this generally means representing you in the Surrogate’s Court in the 10th Judicial District. The Surrogate’s Court presides over the:
- Small estate affidavit program, which is a simplified alternative to probate when there are minimal assets.
- Probate and estate administration, which is the formal legal process by which assets are transferred for larger estates.
- Guardianship of persons and property, which can become necessary if an incapacitated person has not created a power of attorney or other incapacity plan.
Addressing estate planning issues in court can be a daunting experience, and it often requires you to acquire a lot of technical legal knowledge during a high-stress time when someone you love is sick or has passed away. The Law Firm of Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC can provide invaluable assistance to make the process easier.
How a Nassau County Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney Can Help
The Law Firm of Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC is a trusted provider of elder law and estate planning services for clients throughout Nassau County. We care deeply about every client we represent and we work hard to help you make a comprehensive plan for your future. Our services are affordable and efficient and our legal team is both knowledgeable and compassionate. To learn more about why clients throughout Nassau County trust us with their estate planning and elder law needs, give us a call today.