Letter From Chairman
As Chairperson of the Security Benefits Fund, I am pleased to provide you with the following information containing important information on the benefits negotiated by your Union and provided through the Fund.
It is our goal to have all our members familiar with all the benefits that are provided through the Security Benefits Fund. Please read this booklet carefully and keep it in a convenient place for handy reference in the event that you need to take advantage of its benefits.
In addition, should you have any questions concerning the plan or require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Fund Office at 212-941-5700.
I wish you success and good health in the coming months and years.
Imogene V. Jones
Outline of Benefits
All claims for the calendar year must be received by January 31st of the next calendar year.
Co Pay – See Claim Form
Dental Benefit – This benefit provides coverage for general dentistry, prosthetics and orthodontia.
Optical Benefit – This benefit provides an eye examination and one pair of glasses each calendar year.
Death Benefit – Effective December 1, 2006, the Fund provides a:
- $25,000 active member death benefit
- $10,000 spouse death benefit
- $5,000 death benefit per eligible dependent child
Maternity Benefit – Effective January 1, 2007, The Fund will reimburse the member $1,000, over and above any insurance benefit received in maternity cases.
Adoption Benefit – Effective January 1, 2007, The Fund will reimburse a member up to $1,000.00 towards the cost of a legal adoption.
Inner Imaging Full Body Scan – Electron Beam Tomography Screening available to member and spouse. Allowable once every five years.
Annual Physical Examination – The Annual Physical Examination is provided by Manhattan Internal Medicine Associates, P.C. The member and spouse are covered at no cost. No voucher is necessary, just call and make the appointment. Visit the link section for contact information.
Hearing Aid – The Fund will provide a hearing aid benefit for member and eligible dependents. The benefit is payable once every four years and will be for $400 for each ear to cover the cost for an examination and appliance. This benefit will be offset by any reimbursement from any insurance plan. A claim form is necessary and is available from the Fund Administrator.
Supplemental Hospital-Medical Benefit – Effective April 1, 2007, the Fund will make a reimbursement of $100 per overnight stay to any member or spouse who is confined in a hospital up to a total maximum reimbursement of $1,500 per year. The supplemental Hospital-Medical benefit is not payable for Maternity Cases.
Disability Benefit – See document below:
General Information (Eligibility)
- Are you eligible?
- Who is covered?
- Who is an eligible dependent?
- What happens if there is a change in your family status?
- You are promoted and become an active member of the New York State Court Clerks; or
- You are a current New York State Court Clerks Association Security Benefits Fund Member, and
- The State of New York provides contributions on your behalf to the New York State Court Clerks Security Benefits Fund.
- Your spouse
- Your domestic partner
*Your unmarried dependent children up to age 19 and up to age 25 if they are full-time students at accredited educational institutions.
*Dependent coverage is also extended to any unmarried child, regardtess of age, who is incapable of self-sustaining employment by reason of a mental or physical handicap and who becomes so prior to attainment of age 19 and who resides with and is wholly dependent on the covered member for financial support. You must submit proof of your dependent child’s incapacity to the Fund Office 31 days after the date he/she attains the age at which his/her coverage would otherwise terminate, or within 31 days after you are notified of his/her termination of eligibility, whichever is later. Proof of the continued existence of such incapacity shall be furnished to the Fund Office from time to time as requested.
If your child reaches age 19 during a school vacation period, coverage will continue, as long as the child is enrolled in an accredited secondary or preparatory school or college or other accredited educational institution, provides written notification that the child plans to resume classes on a full-time basis at the end of the vacation period, and subsequently provides an original letter from the school’s Registrar’s office within one month of the start of the current semester.
It is important and to your advantage that you keep the Fund up-to-date on your current status.
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The New York State Court Clerks Security Benefits Fund provides a full range of Dental Benefits.
There are currently two dental plan options:
1. Self-Insured Plan (Reimbursement), with a participating provider option.
2. Dentcare Plan (HealthPlex)
Who is eligible?
Members and their eligible dependents, as defined on pages 2-3 of the section entitled “General Information” are covered. However, only eligible dependent children up to their 19th birthday are covered for orthodontic benefits, all orthodontic work must be completed by the child’s 19th birthday.
Click Below for details on each plan.
How do Reimbursement Dental Expense Benefits work?
Reimbursement Dental Benefits provide scheduled reimbursement for expenses you incur for preventive, basic and major non-orthodontic dental services with no deductible required.
What does the plan pay?
Your Reimbursement Dental Benefits program pays a set amount for covered expenses you have for preventive, basic, and major dental services up to a maximum benefit of $2,750 per calendar year* for each covered person. A dental reimbursement schedule of dental procedures is provided upon request. * Effective January 2009
Who is eligible for the orthodontic benefit?
Eligible dependent children up to their 19th birthday, all orthodontic work must be completed by the child’s 19th birthday.
How does the orthodontic benefit work?
Orthodontic services are reimbursed according to a fee schedule up to a lifetime maximum of $3,442. A period of orthodontic treatment starts on the first day your dependent incurs a covered expense for orthodontia and extends for a period of 24 consecutive months or less if the treatment is completed in less time. The orthodontic benefit is NOT included in the yearly dental maximum.
What are covered orthodontic expenses?
*The Initial work up: $142 *The diagnosis and insertion of the initial appliance; Once, up to $900*. *$100* per active monthly visit with a maximum of 24 consecutive visits. If your dependent misses a monthly visit, the Fund will not reimburse for that month but it will be counted toward the 24 consecutive visits. *Effective January 2009 Please note that the initial work up and the initial appliance are reimbursed only once during a period of orthodontic treatment.
Participating Providers are dental care providers who have agreed to provide covered dental procedures at No out-of-pocket expense to Fund members and their eligible dependents. We have selected participants in the dental care panel who have agreed to accept the Fund’s fee schedule as PAYMENT IN FULL FOR COVERED SERVICES. In addition, we have sought out providers who have treated Fund members in the past. The Fund does not recommend the services of any particular provider.
Please remember that Fund members and their dependents are still subject to annual and lifetime coverage limits as specified in the dental plan description. The only time that you will have to make a payment is for procedures that are not covered and for procedures performed after you have reached the annual maximum.
If, for any reason you encounter any irregularity or trouble with the services provided by a participating dentist, please contact our Dental Plan Administrator, Daniel H. Cook Associates, Inc., at (212) 505-5050 ext. 229.
Also, contact the Dental Plan Administrator if you are charged for any covered service. DO NOT PAY ANY SUCH CHARGE.
A listing of all of the PPO dentists will be provided to you by the Fund Office upon request.
What is Pre-Authorization?
When a dentist’s charges for a course of treatment will amount to $500 OR MORE, dental services must be authorized by the Fund before treatment is provided. Pre-authorization by the Fund’s dental consultant is required for any proposed course of treatment in which a dentist’s charges will amount to $500 or more. X-rays must be included with treatment plans submitted for pre-authorization.
Preauthorization by the Fund’s dental consultant is limited to the approval of the course of treatment proposed; it does not include approval of payment for services not covered under the dental plan, nor is it a determination of the patient’s eligibility or of the amount to be paid under the Fund’s dental schedule.
The covered member’s or eligible dependent’s dentist is required to submit x-rays and a treatment plan to the Fund Office for review by the Fund’s dental consultant no later than 30 days after the initial examination. A claim submitted for pre-authorization will be returned to the dentist indicating the preauthorization decision. Your dentist should contact you upon receipt of the claim form. The dentist may proceed to provide dental services as soon as the treatment plan has been authorized by the Fund. The Fund reserves the right to modify or deny payment of claims amounting to $500 or more which have not been approved by the Fund before the beginning of treatment.
How do you submit a claim?
Claim forms are available at the Fund office and/or your delegate. The forms themselves provide instructions concerning proper filing. Read these forms carefully and entirely. When you have a claim, you should promptly submit the completed claim form. Claims submitted 90 days after completion of dental services will be denied. It may become necessary to require additional proof or information concerning a particular claim, and therefore the Fund reserves the right to require such proof or information, including but not limited to any or all of the following:
- A dental chart showing work done before the treatment for which claim is made.
- X-rays, lab or hospital reports.
- Cast molds or other evidence of the dental condition or treatment.
- Post-treatment examination of the patient, at the Fund’s expense, by a dentist it selects.
How are your benefits affected by the alternate benefit provision?
When more than one dental service would provide suitable treatment, your benefits will be based on the treatment determined by the Fund to be best suited to your condition by accepted standards of dental practice. If two services provide satisfactory results according to accepted standards of dental practice and one service is less expensive than the other, the Fund will reimburse up to the scheduled allowance for the less expensive treatment.
Benefits will not be paid for charges for:
- treatment from anyone other than a licensed dentist or physician, except routine cleaning of teeth and fluoride application which is performed by a licensed dental hygienist under the direct supervision of, and billed by, a dentist or physician
- facings, veneers, or similar material placed on molar crowns or pontics
- services performed by a member of your or your spouse’s immediate family, unless acceptable proof of payment is provided for those services
- services or supplies that are cosmetic in nature or directed toward a cosmetic end
- any service or supplies incurred, installed, or delivered before you or your dependent(s) become eligible for benefits from this Fund
- replacing a lost, missing or stolen prosthetic appliance
- a broken appointment
- any service that is not medically necessary or is not normally performed for proper dental care of the condition or any service that is not approved by the attending dentist
- services or supplies that do not meet accepted standards of dental practice including experimental or investigational services or supplies
- services or supplies received as a result of dental disease, defect, or injury due to an act of war, declared or undeclared
- any duplicate prosthetic appliance except as specifically provided
- completing claim forms
- oral hygiene, or dietary instruction or plaque control programs
- wiring or bonding teeth or crowns to act as a splint for any reason
- an injury arising from employment
- illness covered by Workers’ Compensation
- services or supplies for which you are not required to pay
- appliances, restorations, or any procedure to alter vertical dimension for cosmetic purposes
- services or supplies not specifically listed under covered expenses
What is Dentcare(Healthplex)?
Dentcare (Healthplex), a DMO, is a prepaid, insured dental plan provided by Dentcare Delivery Systems. Under this plan, services are provided by Dentcare’s network of dentists.
How do you enroll for the Dentcare Plan?
On an annual basis through the Fund Office. All members will be notified of the open enrollment period.
How do you select a dentist?
You must choose from a listing of Dentcare’s affiliated providers. This selected dentist will service you and your eligible dependents. You must use an affiliated dentist in order to receive benefits under this plan. Should you or your eligible dependents go outside the Dentcare network, you will be fully responsible for any fees incurred.
What if you need a specialist?
Referrals to Dentcare screened specialists are handled only through your Dentcare affiliated provider either at his/her office or at conveniently located sites.
Do you have to change dentists if your present dentist is not a listed provider?
Yes. It is important to note that under this option, care provided by a non-participating dentist is NOT covered, unless arranged for by Dentcare.
Can we change our Dentcare dentist?
Yes, but only during an open enrollment period.
What happens in the case of an emergency?
In cases of emergency, you are covered for a maximum of two visits per member per contract year for services rendered by an affiliated provider. However, if you have had regular check-ups, or are undergoing treatment, the two visit limitation will be waived. If the emergency occurs out-of-area, or in the unlikely event you are unable to reach an affiliated provider, you will be reimbursed up to $25 per family member per contract year, upon presentation of bills for palliative care rendered by a non-participating dentist until treatment can be obtained from your participating provider. In the event you are unable to reach your own affiliated dentist, DENTCARE provides 24-hour emergency service operators. EMERGENCY REFERRAL 24 HOUR SERVICE (516) 794-3000 (800) 468-0600
Is there a claim review procedure?
Yes. Pre-certification by a Plan Dentist with the approval of the Dental Plan Director is necessary before any prosthetic services will be provided.
What are the exclusions and limitations?
Benefits shall not be provided for:
*Any dental services which were not rendered, prescribed, arranged, or approved by plan dentist except in cases arising out of a dental emergency. *General anesthesia. *Consultation by non-Plan Dentists unless specifically directed by Dentcare. *Any dental procedures which are undertaken primarily for cosmetic reasons. *Any service or appliance unless required in accordance with accepted standards of dental practice. *Prosthetic benefits are not covered where in the view of the Plan Dentist, sound restorations can be achieved by amalgam or alternative methods. *Replacements or substitutions of appliances supplied by Plan until five (5) years have elapsed. *Services or appliances used solely as an adjunct to periodontal care or for some cosmetic purposes. *Implants, sealants and other services not listed in the Schedule of Benefits. *More than two (2) oral examinations and oral prophylaxis (cleaning, scaling and polishing of teeth) per member per year. (Once every six months). *Orthodontia – Lost or Broken Appliance – There is a charge of $100.00 to replace appliance under the Comprehensive Option. *Broken Appointments – If specified by Plan Dentist for appointments not canceled 24 hours in advance, there is a $30.00 charge. *Dentures, crown, inlays, onlays, bridgework or other appliances or procedures altering vertical dimension, restoring or maintaining occlusion, splinting or replacing tooth structure lost by abrasion or attrition, or treatment or a temporo-mandibular joint disturbance. *A new denture or bridgework if the existing denture or bridgework can be made serviceable. *Orthodontic services for eligible dependent children consisting of the necessary diagnosis and treatment of class 2 and 3 malocclusions which cause interference with normal function.
Who is covered?
Members and eligible dependents, (children to age 19 or up to age 25 if they are full-time students).
The Fund offers many options: Vision Screening of Long Island, General Vision Services (GVS), Vision Care Centers, and Raymond Opticians for all active members and their eligible dependents.
GVS now includes General Vision, Select Cohen’s Fashion Optical and Vision World Stores, S H Laufer, Sterling Optical, Eye Supply, Lens Lab Express, and many popular optical outlets making them the largest 3rd party optical company in our area.
An optical voucher is required and must be obtained from the union office before visiting any of these network providers.
if you wish to go to any store in the GVS Provider Network, Vision Screening, Vision Care Centers, or Raymond Opticians. Please call one of the listed optical locations in the GVS brochure for an appointment.
For member locations in Florida, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Upstate New York, please call 1-800-VISION or visit www.generalvision.com.
Any member or eligible dependent may visit any other optical provider not in the above networks and that member will be reimbursed up to $300 upon the submission of an Optical Reimbursement Form and an itemized receipt. Credit card receipts will not be accepted.
Also note that if any member is to schedule an eye exam with GVS and any GVS employee requests our member to submit the Empire Plan health insurance card, the member shall not submit the card unless an explanation is given, what will be done with the information and if a claim will be submitted to United Health Empire Plan. Remember, comprehensive eye exam is covered under our plan with GVS.
A Voucher is required if you wish to go to any store in the GVS Provider Network, Vision Screening, Vision Care Centers, or Raymond Opticians.
Please note that any member or eligible dependent may visit any other optical provider not in the above networks and that member will be reimbursed a maximum of $300.00 upon submission of an Optical Reimbursement Form and an itemized receipt. Credit card receipts will not be accepted.
Amendment or Termination of Benefits
Your coverage and your dependent’s coverage will stop on the earliest of the following dates:
- When the Fund is terminated
- When you are no longer eligible
- When there is a non-payment of the direct payments
- When the State of New York or the quasi-public Agency, Authority, Board or Corporation ceases to make contributions on your behalf to the Fund
- Your dependents’ coverage will also terminate when they are no longer your eligible dependents.
Active member benefits under this plan have been made available by the Trustees and are always subject to modification or termination in the exercise of the prudent discretion of the Trustees. No person acquires a vested right to such benefits either before or after his or her retirement. The Trustees may expand, modify or cancel the benefits for active members; change eligibility requirements or the amount of the direct payments; and otherwise exercise their prudent discretion at any time without legal right or recourse by a member or any other person.
Annual Physical Examination
Manhattan Internal Medicine
The Annual Physical Examination is provided by Manhattan Internal Medicine Associates, P.C. The member and spouse are covered at no cost. No voucher is necessary, just call and make the appointment. Visit the link section for contact information. Your Health Care ID is necessary, the association covers the co-payment.
Manhattan Internal Medicine Associates, P.C.
145 East 32nd Street, Suite 303
New York, NY 10016
Acclaimed Mobile Health
At Acclaimed Mobile Health, our goals are to preserve and sustain optimal health for our patients through comprehensive preventative health and wellness services while combating the rising cost of healthcare for employer organizations.
Our ability to provide annual physicals at the worksite is both convenient and comprehensive. We supplement this clinical health service with wellness services that help to mitigate chronic illness and/or improve lifestyle choices to ensure our patients remain on the path to a healthier lifestyle.”
*(Your Health Care ID is necessary and any co payments will be the responsibility of the member.)”Acclaimed-trifold-r2
Coordination of Benefits
What is Coordination of Benefits?
When benefits would be payable under more than one group plan, benefit payments will be coordinated so that the total benefits paid under all group plans will not exceed 100% of the total amount charged. If you and your spouse are both members of the New York State Court Clerks Security Benefits Fund and eligible for benefits, your benefit payments will also be coordinated not to exceed 100% of the total amount charged.
How does Coordination of Benefits work?
If you are a covered member of the Fund and are eligible for benefits from another group plan:
- Submit your claim to the Fund office.
- After you have received payment from the Fund, you may submit a claim for the unpaid balance to the other group plan under which you are eligible for benefits.
- You will receive any additional benefits, which may be due for this claim under the second plan.
- The total amount you receive for the claim from this Fund and from any other group plan cannot exceed 100% of the total amount charged.
If your spouse has a claim and is eligible for benefits under another group plan:
- Your spouse must submit a claim to his or her plan first.
- After the claim is paid by your spouse’s plan, a claim for the unpaid balance may be submitted to this Fund along with an explanation of benefits received from the other plan.
- Any additional benefits, which may be due for this claim, will be paid by this Fund.
- The total amount paid for the claim from any group plan under which your spouse is eligible and from this Fund cannot exceed 100% of the total amount charged.
If a claim is submitted for a child when one parent is a covered member of the Fund and the other parent is a covered member of another plan:
- Submit this claim to the plan of the parent whose birthday (month and day only) occurs first in the calendar year.
- After the claim has been paid by the first plan, it may be submitted to the second plan along with an explanation of benefits received from the first plan.
- The payment you receive for the claim from both plans cannot exceed 100% of the total amount charged.
If the claim is submitted for a child whose parents are divorced when one parent is a covered member of the Fund and the other parent is a covered member of another plan:
If the parent with custody has not remarried,
- Submit the claim to the plan which covers the parent with custody first.
- After the claim has been paid by the first plan then it may be submitted to the second plan along with an explanation of benefits from the first plan.
If the parent with custody has remarried,
- Submit the claim to the plan which covers the parent with custody first.
- Submit the claim to the plan which covers the step-parent second.
- Submit the claim to the plan covers the parent without custody last.
If there is a court order which establishes financial responsibility for the medical, dental or other health care expenses of the child, submit the claim to the plan which covers the parent with the court ordered responsibility first. A copy of such court order must be submitted with your claim.
Who is Covered?
All active Court Clerks and their eligible dependents enrolled in the fund.
Amount of the Death Benefit?
The Security Benefits Fund provides a:
-$25,000 death benefit for all active members; -$10,000 death benefit for an active member’s spouse
-$5,000 death benefit for each eligible dependent child of an active member.
In the event of a death, the member’s death benefit payment will be made to the beneficiary listed on your Security Benefits Fund Enrollment Card. A Death Benefit for an active member’s spouse or eligible dependent children will be paid directly to the active member. If you have not designated a beneficiary, the death benefit will be paid to the following successive preference beneficiary;
- Children, in equal shares
- Parents, in equal shares
- Brothers and sisters, in equal shares
- The estate of the deceased.
If the member wished to change his/her beneficiary designation, he/she can do so by requesting a change of beneficiary form from the Fund Office.
Hearing Aid Benefit
The Heartscan Services screening benefit is free and available to active and retired members and their spouses. Heartscan Services provides five preventive screens that focus on early detection for Heart disease (echocardiogram-), stroke (carotid doppler), thyroid cancer (nodules), vascular disease (ABI) and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). The preventive screening takes about 45 minutes, is non-invasive and is available to our active and retired members and spouses every year.
For more information visit: www.heartscanservices.com
Call 1-866-518-1112 to schedule your appointment
When a member, spouse or domestic partner is confined in a hospital, the Fund will provide an allowance of **$100 per overnight stay up to a maximum of **$1,500 per year. This amount is in addition to any allowance provided by Blue Cross.
The Fund will reimburse on a per stay basis. The maximum allowable benefit is**$1,500 per year. To file a claim for this Supplemental Hospital-Medical Benefit the member should submit to Cook Associates, a copy of the hospital bill which will reflect the name of the patient and the period of confinement. This benefit does not cover a maternity stay at the hospital. All claims for the calendar year must be received by January 31st of the next calendar year.
*Increase Effective January 1, 2007
** Increase Effective April 1, 2007
Inner Imaging Full Body Scan
The Trustees of the Security Benefit Fund have reached an agreement with Inner Imaging and the radiology group New York Medical Imaging Associates. Members and Spouses may choose to receive the (EBT Body Scan) through Inner Imaging and the radiology group New York Medical Imaging Associates located at 165 East 84th Street (Between Lexington and Third avenues).
Office hours are Monday thru Friday 7:30AM to 4:30PM and Saturdays from 8:00AM to 2:00PM. Telephone 212-777-8900 (Fax 212-991-5450). The exam cost for Member and/or Spouse will be covered for the Heart, Lung scan and also for the Heart, Lung, Abdomen, and Pelvis screening. The balance will be paid by the Court Clerk Benefit Fund. Non-Union members have paid upwards of $800 – $1,200 for this procedure.
This benefit will be provided once every five years and will count toward your eligibility for the Manhattan Internal Medicine Associates, P.C. and Acclaimed Mobile Health for Active services for the year that it is utilized.
Legal Services for Active Members
“FELDMAN, KRAMER AND MONACO P.C.”
THE TRUSTEES AND EXECUTIVE BOARD ARE PLEASED TO OFFER A NEW BENEFIT WHICH WILL PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES TO OUR ACTIVE MEMBERS. THIS BENEFIT IS NOW IN EFFECT. PLEASE READ THE LISTED DOCUMENTS TO FAMILIARIZE YOURSELF AS TO WHAT THIS BENEFIT CAN DO FOR YOU. IN REGARD TO THE “FREE” LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT PLEASE CONTACT THE LAW FIRM. THE FIRM OFFERS WHAT IS CALLED “WILL DAY” WHERE THEY WILL COME TO THE BUILDINGS TO SIT DOWN WITH YOU AND DRAW UP A WILL. UNFORTUNATELY, WHILE WE ARE UNDER COVID PROTOCOLS THIS CANNOT HAPPEN. WE WILL BE WORKING ON OTHER WAYS TO DO THIS. AGAIN, PLEASE READ THE DOCUMENTS FULLY AND UTILIZE THE SERVICES BEING OFFERED.
For many people, the pandemic has sparked a renewed and urgent interest in estate planning, including creating, updating and/or finalizing estate planning documents.
Does your current plan achieve your goals? Consider what is really important to you, the legacy you want to leave, and the concerns that keep you up at night. Have you wondered what, if anything, could I have done in order to be better prepared?
One of the main reasons people don’t use attorneys is the expense. Your legal plan allows you to address these stressful and often ignored issues with high quality “big firm” representation at no cost to you. Your legal plan provides you and your spouse with a FREE Health Care Proxy, Living Will, Durable Power of Attorney and Last Will and Testament.
Without an estate plan in place, an incapacitated individual will be faced with the unpleasant prospect of having state law and probate courts determine who will be responsible for their financial affairs, their children and their healthcare decisions.
A proper estate plan provides peace of mind for you and your loved ones and allows you to decide who receives your assets upon your death.
Whether you’re starting a new family or preparing for retirement, it’s time to address these issues and draft or update your Will. If you don’t choose where your assets will go, or who will be in charge of your children, the state/courts will decide that for you. The state/courts may not pick a person that you would prefer or have chosen to control your estate or take care of your children.
A Health Care Proxy allows you to choose the person you would like to make health care decisions for you if you are unable to do so. What is the right age to make a Health Care Proxy? The answer is before you get sick. Once you are sick and unable to make timely healthcare decisions, it is too late. If you don’t pick the person you want, the state will choose for you and the state might pick a person who can’t handle making those tough decisions.
A Power of Attorney is an extremely important estate planning tool. The Durable Power of Attorney appoints a person that can act on your behalf while you’re still alive but unable to manage your own affairs. If you don’t have a proper Durable Power of Attorney in place and you get sick or become incapacitated, it’s very possible that your family will have to go to court to pursue legal guardianship for you. Guardianship is an exceedingly expensive and time-consuming process, and you may not even get the relief that you would want. Loved ones do not automatically have the ability to make financial decisions on your behalf without being appointed your agent in a Durable Power of Attorney.
A Living Will helps loved ones and health care providers know what to do when, medically, there are no good options left. It’s a statement of your wishes if you will never regain consciousness and whether or not you prefer to continue living in a permanent vegetative state. These instructions help your loved ones make difficult decisions without having to guess what you would have wanted.
If you would like the peace of mind that comes with getting your estate planning matters in order and your documents drafted and are unsure where to start, please use this link to advise us when you would like to schedule an appointment https://www.fkmlaw.com/request-will-signing-consult. We will email or call you back within 24 hours, whichever you prefer, with our availability for an appointment. It is our goal to make your estate planning consultation experience convenient, safe, and as seamless as possible. We would love the opportunity to have a “Zoom or FaceTime” consultation with you to educate you and facilitate the creation of your estate plan. After you reach out to our office and request an appointment we will email you a questionnaire to help you get started. At the same time you can request an appointment to review your answers and ask follow up questions with an attorney. This can all be done virtually at this time.
Once your documents have been drafted in accordance with your wishes, we will work with you to make your estate planning document signing experience as comfortable as possible. Please use this link https://www.fkmlaw.com/request-will-signing-appointment to advise us when you would like to schedule a signing appointment and we will email or call you back — whichever you prefer — with availability within 24 hours.
The benefits provided by a Legal Service Plan are more valuable than ever before due in large part to COVID-19. Many people are facing issues such as: Bankruptcy (we can help stop bill collectors); Foreclosure (we can provide guidance with keeping or vacating a home); Landlord/Tenant Issues (rent reduction or eviction moratorium); Estate Planning (FREE Last Will and Testament, Durable Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy and Living Will); Family Law Issues (we can assist with child/spousal support modifications); and Real Estate (many families are moving).
For insight and help analyzing your current estate plan and direction regarding the best next steps for you and your family, contact us. We are looking forward to connecting with you; let’s get started and stay safe!
The Fund will reimburse a covered member in the amount of *$1,000 per live birth. To apply for this benefit, a copy of the birth certificate and a Change in Benefit Status Form adding the child as a dependent must be filed with the fund office.
Stacey Braun Associates, Inc. Financial Counseling Program
As a member of the The New York State Court Clerks Association, you are entitled to a fully paid, confidential financial review with a Certified Financial Planner® from Stacey Braun Associates, Inc. In these troubled times Stacey Braun Associates is committed to discuss your financial concerns. We are offering consultations via phone or by virtual web video using Zoom.
Read more about the Group Financial Counseling Program.
Fund benefits will be provided only on the condition that the covered member or dependent agrees in writing:
- To reimburse the Fund, to the extent of benefits paid by it, out of any money recovered from such third party, whether by judgment, settlement or otherwise;
- To provide the Fund with an assignment of proceeds to the extent of benefits paid out by the Fund on the claim and to cooperate and assist the fund on seeking recovery. The Assignment will be filed with the person whose act caused the injuries, his or her agent, the court and/or the provider of services;
- To take all reasonable steps to affect recovery from the responsible third party and to do nothing after the injury to prejudice the Fund’s right to reimbursement or subrogation, and to execute and deliver to the Fund Office all necessary documents as the Fund may require to facilitate enforcement of the Fund’s rights and not to prejudice such rights.
The Collective Bargaining Agreement requires contributions to the Fund at fixed rates per year worked. Benefits are provided from the Fund’s asset which are accumulated under the provisions of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and the Trust Agreement and held in a Trust Fund for the purpose of providing benefits to covered participants and defraying reasonable administrative expenses. Some of the benefits are provided through insurance policies.
All the types of benefits provided by the Fund are set forth in the Outline of Benefits of this booklet. The complete terms of the insured benefits are set forth in the group insurance policies or contracts with the organizations. The complete terms of the self-insured benefits are set forth in the Fund Rules and Regulations.
As someone who is eligible for benefits from this Fund you are no doubt aware of the fact that the benefits are paid in accordance with plan provisions out of a trust fund which is used solely for that purpose. If you have any questions or problems as to benefit payments, you have the right to get answers from the Trustees who administer the Fund. Nothing in this statement is meant to interpret or extend or change in any way, the provisions expressed in the Fund or insurance policies. The Trustees reserve the right to amend, modify or discontinue all or part of the Fund whenever, in their judgment, conditions are warrant.