Elder Law and Special Needs Section

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    Welcome to the Elder Law and Special Needs Section As an elder law and/or special needs attorney, you'll benefit from Section membership that keeps you up-to-date with important legislative developments, regulations and case laws impacting the elderly
  • Upcoming Events
    • 2015 Utilizing Special Needs Trusts for Persons with Disabilities

      Utilizing SNTs for Persons with Disabilities


      Elder Law and Special Needs Section
      Committee on Continuing Legal Education

      6.0 TOTAL CREDITS in professional practice.

      This advanced-level program has been approved for MCLE credit in New York for all attorneys, except those who are newly admitted (less than 24 months).

      Below is a list of dates and locations for the program.   Click on the date for more information and/or to register.

      Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Melville Marriott, Melville, LI

      Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Holiday Inn Rochester Airport, Rochester

      Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - Radisson Martinique on Broadway, New York (also available via webcast)

      Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - Elmwood Country Club, White Plains

      Friday, May 15, 2015 - Albany Marriott, Albany

      Friday, May 29, 2015 - Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel, Syracuse

      In many cases, effective representation of a client with a disability involves the drafting and administration of Supplemental (Special) Needs Trusts, or SNTs. These trusts are used in many different contexts, from protecting litigation proceeds to managing inherited funds for those without capacity, to providing a supplemental source of money to help enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities residing in the community.

      This program will address a comprehensive cross-section of such issues faced by attorneys practicing in this area, including an overview of how SNTs can be used, practical tips on effectively drafting SNTs, and an examination of the types of SNTs to use in different situations – pooled community trusts, SNTs in Article 81 and 17A Proceedings, or using SNTs for personal injury settlements and inheritances. The program will also discuss how the counselor should be advising the trustee of an SNT and the parameters of the trustee’s role.

      Experienced elder law practitioners who are very familiar with SNTs and with the issues arising with their use comprise the faculty at each location.

    • Elder Law and Special Needs 2015 Summer Meeting, July 16-18

      Elder Law and Special Needs Section Summer Meeting
      July 16-18, 2015
      The Hyatt Regency Resort
      Goat Island, Newport, RI

      Register Online

      View Full Program Brochure (PDF), Complete Registration Form (PDF)

      - Elder Law and Estate Tax Update
      - Contested Estates
      - Succession Planning
      - Medicare Updates under the Affordable Care Act
      - Breakout Sessions on Guardianship
      and more! 

      NYSBA & Section Member: $575.00
      NYSBA Member: $775.00
      Non-NYSBA Member: $850.00
      Newly-Admitted Attorney (5 years or less): $375.00
      First-Time Attendee*: $375.00
      (*Elder Law and Special Needs Section members who have not attended a Summer or Fall meeting since 2005)

      13.5 MCLE credit hours; 12.5 credits in Areas of Professional Practice and 1.0 in Ethics. The “basic” sessions of the program are transitional and suitable for MCLE credit for newly admitted attorneys. A total of 4.0 MCLE credit hours are transitional: 3.0 credits in Professional Practice and 1.0 credit in Ethics.

      Call (888) 421-1442 and indicate you are with the New York State Bar Association group 
      or go to https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NYStateBarAssociation
      The group rate is $315 plus applicable resort fees and taxes per night for Single and Double occupancy.

    • Save the Date: Elder Law and Special Needs Section 2015 Fall Meeting

      Save the Date!
      Elder Law and Special Needs Section 2015 Fall Meeting
      October 22-23, 2015
      Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa
      Saratoga Springs, NY

      Save the date and watch for additional information!

  • Elder and Special Needs Law Journal


    The Elder and Special Needs Law Journal (formerly the Elder Law Attorney) features peer-written substantive articles relating to the practice of elder law on such topics as long-term care, Article 81, advance directives, Medicaid, SNTs, guardianship, Social Security, tax issues, and estate planning. Edited by David I. Kronenberg, Esq., and Adrienne J. Arkontaky Esq., the Elder and Special Needs Law Journal is published quarterly by the Elder Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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  • Status of Pending Legislation

    Elder Law and Special Needs Section

    Status of Pending Legislation