Child Support In New YorkSome Common Questions and AnswersBy: Sharon L. Dyer, Esq. How is Basic Child Support Calculated? Basic child support is paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent based upon a percentage of combined parental income under New York’s Child Support Standards Act. In New York, a Support Magistrates or Judge calculates a presumptive amount of child support to be applied, unless there are unusual circumstances. In those cases where there are unusual [...]


LOWER YOUR PROPERTY TAXES BY CONTESTING YOUR ASSESSMENTThe Deadline for Most New York Property Owners to Contest Their Assessment is May 22, 2018.By Philip K. Grommet, Esq. New York property owners know that paying their property tax bills can be a big financial burden. The amount a property owner is billed for a particular property is determined by multiplying the applicable property tax rates against that property’s assessment. Thus, a property with a lower assessment pays lower [...]


Costs of Some New Long-Term Care Insurance Policies Going Down in 2018 While long-term care insurance costs are up in general, some policies are going down in 2018, according to the 2018 Long Term Care Insurance Price Index, an annual report from the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI), an industry group. A married couple who are both 60 years old would pay an average of $3,490 a year combined for a total of $333,000 of long-term care insurance coverage when they reach [...]


Path of a Custody and Visitation case in New York Family Court Just how quickly your Family Court case moves along is dependent upon a variety of factors, most of which are out of your control. However, the purpose of this article is to give a parent, guardian, or other custodian interested in filing for custody or visitation of a child an idea of what to expect throughout the process. Filing Your Petition: There is no requirement that you be represented by an attorney to bring your custody [...]


Spending Down Assets to Qualify for Medicaid Medicaid has strict asset rules that require applicants to "spend down" their assets before they can qualify for coverage.  It is important to know what you can spend your money on without endangering your Medicaid eligibility. In order to be eligible for Medicaid in New York, applicants must have no more than $15,150 in "countable" assets (the dollar figure may differ in other states).  In addition, Medicaid also has strict asset transfer [...]


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