Lawyer accused of fraud wants to sue former Brooklyn DA

A lawyer who plans to sue the former Brooklyn DA after being accused of voter fraud was was unable to obtain paperwork regarding his case. During 2013 debate between Charles Hynes and the late Ken Thompson, the incumbent was questioned about his office’s three-time prosecution of John O’Hara. Hynes was asked why O’Hara's case had been prosecuted and late Vito Lopez’s wasn’t. Lopez was accused of election fraud in polling locations in Ridgewood and Bushwick were attached to his name. Read more:

Elder Care at Home: Jewish Family Services

A grant application that helps older people live at home was sent to the state by a local not-for-profit agency that intends to maintain current programming and expand its offerings. Jewish Family Services submitted the application requesting renewal of a grant to support the Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NNORC) here in the Pine Hills. The application was sent to the New York State Office for Aging. The patchwork of offerings “have helped seniors from all segments of the community to maintain their quality of life and independence, access services, and remain connected to their neighborhoods,” said Avner. Households that are eligiblefrom this program stretch from Western Avenue to South Main Avenue down Woodlawn Avenue and around the park up to South Manning Boulevard. Read more:

Lawyer sentenced for pilfering estate of Brooklyn Judge

Attorney Frank Racano admitted to pilfering the estate of the late Brooklyn Judge John Phillips out of nearly $600,000, most of which he spent on a condo for his mother. Phillips was known as the “Kung Fu Judge” because of his black belt — and his tendency to incorporate martial arts gestures into his jurisprudence. Racano wrote 300 checks to himself from the judge’s escrow account after he was hired by family to handle Phillips’ estate. Read more:

Addressing elder law shortage

The University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law started an Estate Planning and Elder Law program this year to bring more options for end-of-life planning, asset management and health care law. Read more:

Consulting Attorney can make situations smoother

Attorney Adam Fried tells Cleveland Jewish News: “There are infinite reasons someone could consult an attorney, even general problems that people experience in their everyday lives. Whether it’s contracts, a tax controversy or estate problems like I deal with, you might want to consult with someone.” In Fried’s area of practice, he has plenty experience dealing with elderly parents. For example, he said had a case where two sisters called him regarding their mother’s competency and neither could agree where she would live. Many times, he said, the parties make everything that was ever an issue. Fried said other life-changing situations, such as end-of-life preparations, could be approached smoothly if an attorney were involved. Read more:

Legal Documents for Older Adults

Think of legal documents as tools to accomplish goals. Most older folks wish to remain in control of their own lives as much as possible. The first two legal documents help you control your life during your lifetime, especially if you are hit with incapacity. A Will allows you to control how your estate is distributed after your death. Depending on your assets, you might not "need" a Will, but everyone has a body and mind and has wishes and preferences about the healthcare of their body and mind, so in my opinion, everyone can benefit by having a Healthcare Directive. Also, since everyone has a financial situation, everyone can probably benefit from having a Power of Attorney for financial matters. Read more:

Elderly New Yorkers at risk of being victimized financially

Three thieves admitted in court to taking advantage of elderly women who had placed their trust in them. The cases are not related but they fit a disturbing pattern that District Attorney John J. Flynn fears will only grow worse as the county's elderly population grows. "These people prey on the elderly. In Western New York, we have more and more elderly people who are living longer," Flynn said. "A lot of people who are elderly ... don’t have family here to watch out for them. You put all those together and it creates a problem. It's a perfect storm." Read more: