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“The difference between death and taxes is death doesn’t get worse every time Congress meets.” — Will Rogers I frequently tell clients if they have to worry about the estate tax, it’s … more
Spring has sprung! The clock has been set an hour forward. There is more anticipation to the change of season this time around: more people are being vaccinated and the world seems to be slowly … more
February is National Heart Health Month. The ground may still be covered with snow, and social distancing keeps us home, but did you know there is still plenty you can do to improve heart health? … more
It is important to understand when and why you need an estate plan. If nothing else, the recent pandemic has taught us the need to have our affairs in order. Every person over the age of 30 who is … more
We know that polio was present for many centuries. However, for unknown reasons, the disease became much more common in the early 1900s. It was a viral disease that could cause severe and permanent … more
“Out of intense complexities, intense simplicities emerge.” – Winston Churchill There is very little “basic” about Medicaid. When faced with a life altering long-term nursing home stay, it … more
If you’re looking for a way to help animals, consider fostering. Some of the most beneficial lifesaving work isn’t taking place at the animal shelter or rescue. It’s taking place in family … more
As I write this month’s HIICAP article the number of cases of the COVID-19 virus seem to be stabilizing. The positivity rate is also lower in many areas of upstate New York.By the time this article … more
Chronic lung disease is common in older Americans. In some cases, this is called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). There are two components of COPD. Emphysema makes it hard to breathe out … more
As I write this month’s HIICAP article, the cases of the COVID-19 virus are continuing to increase. I hope by the time that this article appears many of you will have received at least your first … more
So you have just adopted a new pet, now is the time to introduce your new pet into your home. This can be exciting, intimidating, fun and stressful, all at the same time. Your new pet will need time … more
What’s new in 2021? The COVID-19 vaccines we are all eagerly waiting for, to be sure. Have you noticed in the stores that the familiar nutrition facts label has been getting a quiet makeover? Jan. … more
Will contests and how to avoid them By James S. Rizzo, Esq.* “Death is not the end. There remains the litigation over the estate.”- Ambrose Bierce The battle over legendary guitarist Jimi … more
With the cold weather upon us, one of the most common problems for pets and their owners is antifreeze poisoning. Antifreeze poisoning is one of the most common forms of poisoning in small animals. … more
Most of us are spending a lot of time at home now, due to COVID. We are staying home to avoid getting sick. Very likely, we have not only avoided COVID, but avoided many other minor or major … more
Each year I devote space in this column to a review of the annual publication Medicare and You. Before beginning this review, I want to quickly look back on the 2021 Medicare Open period. Like … more
The holidays are coming and it can be a fun and exciting time of year. Though this year our celebration may be a little different. Even if you are only having a small family gathering rather than a … more
As I write this month’s HIICAP article the 2021 Open Enrollment period is in full swing. But, unfortunately so is the COVID-19 virus. According to data available on the Oneida County COVID 19 … more
In 1950 unfortunately 50 percent of American adults smoked cigarettes. Young, handsome WW II veterans had become accustomed to cigarettes in Europe and Asia. They brought home the habit and Americans … more
Because thousands of cats and dogs are diagnosed with diabetes around the world each year, this month is designated to help educate pet owners about the symptoms, treatments and management of … more
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