The law firm of Robert W. Shaw, Esq. provides Elder Law, Estate Planning, Real Estate, Probate and Estate Administration and Mediation services to individuals, families and businesses in the New York metropolitan area and beyond. Mr. Shaw has an extensive background in these areas and is well versed not only in the New York laws affecting these areas, but also with local rules and regulations.
Advice which is given seniors falls under the broad category of Elder Law. Asset preservation planning for seniors is one key example. Mr. Shaw is experienced in the use of Trusts as a means to protect assets from the claims of creditors. Consultation is available on the rules regarding both Medicare and Medicaid. Other services include review of contracts for assisted living facilities and nursing homes. Mr. Shaw is available to serve as Trustee or Power of Attorney agent for seniors who do not feel they have an appropriate family member or friend to handle these duties. Long term care insurance is also discussed as a planning tool for seniors.
It is important for individuals and business owners of all ages to develop an Estate Plan which will cover future contingencies. A good Estate Plan will include up to date Powers of Attorney, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies, a Last Will and Testament, and, frequently, a Trust. Mr. Shaw is experienced in the preparation of both Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts as part of an Estate Plan. Often times a family may have a member challenged by disabilities. In these circumstances a Supplemental Needs Trust can be prepared which will preserve assets without costing the loss of any governmental benefits which the individual has been receiving. Mr. Shaw is also able to advise individuals on the use of individual retirement accounts in their planning. Tax planning is also discussed with the client. This planning involves not just income tax, but the fields of gift and estate tax.
The law firm practice includes representation of clients in the purchase and sale of residential, business and investment properties. Advice is also given to seniors on the use of reverse mortgages and home equity loans.
Probate and Estate Administration
When a person passes away it becomes the responsibility of the Executor or Administrator to see that the assets are collected, creditors claims reviewed, the assets preserved and distributed to the appropriate parties, and the estate closed after an accounting to the beneficiaries of the estate. The law firm is experienced in assisting the Executor or Administrator in handling all of these duties.
Mr. Shaw is a trained mediator and can offer his services in assisting individuals or families in settling disputes in a manner which promotes problem solving without the time, cost and anguish involved with court litigation. We have an emphasis on assisting families with disputes involving the care of seniors. Our objective is to guide the family to reach their own mutually agreed upon decisions while preserving or even improving family harmony.