About Suzan

Suzan Herskowitz was raised in The Bronx, New York. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Tech University School of Law. Ms. Herskowitz has been specializing in wills, trusts, powers of attorney, medical directives, business formation and elder law for more than 25 years and is licensed in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Texas. She has been a resident of Frederick County, Virginia since 2000.

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The Law Office of
Suzan D. Herskowitz, P.L .L .C.

2400 Valley Avenue, Suite 16
Winchester, VA 22601

Email: suzan@suzanherskowitz.com

Tel: (540)450-3223
Fax: (540)450-2135

Specialist in wills, trusts, powers of attorney, medical directives, business formation and elder law.

Licensed to practice in Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Texas.

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  • Nursing Home CAN Sue Son for Breach of Contract for Nonpayment

    Nursing Home CAN Sue Son for Breach of Contract for Nonpayment

    A court in New York has held that a nursing home may sue a son for breach of contract for non-payment of his mother’s bill. The son signed the agreement as the responsible party. According to the court this made him personally liable for the bill although he doesn’t have to use his own money […]

  • How To Have “The Talk” With Your Parents: Illness and Moving and Other Uncomfortable Topics

    How To Have “The Talk” With Your Parents: Illness and Moving and Other Uncomfortable Topics

    I’ve been struggling with writing a blog post about death and dying recently. I know that seems strange since I am an estate and elder lawyer but lately this very subject has hit close to home. Now that my dad has cancer it has hit much too close to home.  (He knows I was going […]

  • Possible Changes to Medicaid Law and Annuities Income

    Possible Changes to Medicaid Law and Annuities Income

    This would be a game changer. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) introduced a bill to amend the section of the Medicaid law dealing with the treatment of income. It would provide that if the annuity pays income solely to the community spouse (the spouse that is at home), one-half of the income will be considered available […]

  • Let the Grandparents Drive!

    Let the Grandparents Drive!

    According to research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the risk of injury to children in car crashes was 50% lower when grandparents were behind the wheel. “It was the exact opposite of what we expected to find,” says Fred Henretig, lead author of the study and a staff physician in the emergency department at […]

  • HAVE YOU PROTECTED YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY WITH A LIVING WILL?

    HAVE YOU PROTECTED YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY WITH A LIVING WILL?

    Unfortunately it’s no surprise to me that 64 percent of boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — say they don’t have a health care proxy or living will. I’m offering a FREE 20 minute consultation to determine how best to protect your loved ones. Don’t you think they’re worth it? Don’t you want […]

  • Federal Estate Tax Update

    Federal Estate Tax Update

    On July 14 the Senate voted down a proposal that would have permanently repealed the federal estate tax. Whether Congress will fix the upcoming predicament (Jan 1, 2011) remains to be seen. Are you prepared if they don’t?

  • Texas Billionaire’s Estate passes tax free

    Texas Billionaire’s Estate passes tax free

    The estate tax laws were enacted in 1916. In 1937, John D. Rockerfeller’s estate paid 70%. In 2010, however, the tax has been repealed – but for 2010 only! Dan L. Duncan died in March 2010 with an estimated wealth of $9 billion, meaning his four children and four grandchildren will collect billions of dollars […]

  • Should you leave gifts to your children?

    Should you leave gifts to your children?

    I highly recommend this webpage on gifts to children provided to me by Shenandoah University GiftLegacy. http://su.giftlegacy.com/personal_planner.jsp?WebID=GL2010-1868&D=201026

  • Changes for the Estate Tax Exemption?

    Changes for the Estate Tax Exemption?

    While the estate tax exemption for 2010 is unlimited, the law is set to sunset December 31, 2010, reinstating the 2001 exemption rate of $1 million on January 1, 2011. Estate and financial planners have wondered since the current law was enacted in 2001 what would happen to the exemption and whether Congress would permit […]

  • Changes to Heath Care

    Changes to Heath Care

    While many of the new Reform Act’s provisions take effect in 2013, 2014, or later or will be gradually phased in, some provisions will become effective immediately or shortly. A few are: A temporary national high-risk pool will go into effect within 90 days. New restrictions on insurers regarding lifetime limits, excessive waiting periods (over […]

Wills, Trusts & Probates

You do not have to be rich or old to have an estate. When people here the term “estate” they think of wealth and large homes with staff like Lord Grantham and his family in Downton Abbey. However, “estate” is a legal term used to describe what you own.
 
Estate planning then is the means by which you evaluate your wealth and determine how to preserve it for yourself as you grow older and then for your family after you have died. It is for individuals of any age and of any income level.

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Elder Law

People are living longer. 10,000 people turn 65 every day in this country. That means that 3.65 MILLION Americans turn 65 each year. This number is forecast to continue on an annual basis through 2029. The fastest growing segment of the population today consists of people who are 85 years of age and older. AARP has completed several studies on the aging population. One study found that approximately one in every eight, or 12.4 percent of the population is an older American, and that people reaching the age of 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.5 years.

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Business Planning

Meet with us about your business’ legal needs. Suzan D. Herskowitz works with owners and prospective owners of small and medium sized businesses. From concept and marketing plan through start-up, we will handle the drafting of important business documents such as bylaws, operating agreements and employment agreements.

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