Sections & Committees

Elder Law and Special Needs Section

Special Education Law Update 2019

November 4 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Albany
November 4 | 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Syracuse


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The Gideon Putnam Hotel is sold out!
Additional accommodations are available at:
Embassy Suites (518) 290-9090 Mention Group Code: BAS
Hampton Inn and Suites (518) 584-2100

PLEASE NOTE: The Thursday Reception/Dinner at the Canfield Casino is SOLD OUT!!

Topics include: 
POA-What Trusts & Estates and Elder Law & Special Needs Attorneys Need to Know;
Litigating POA Disputes;
Ethically Representing a Client with Diminished Capacity;
Financial Abuse of the Elderly;
Contested Article 81 Guardianships;
Interstate Guardian Practice Mediation Instead of Litigation;
Administering Estates and Trusts to Avoid Litigation;
New York Trust Code-Addressing the Differences Between New York’s Current Trust Laws and 
Noteworthy Provisions of the Proposed NY Trust Code. 

The Program Brochure can be viewed here.

The Registration form can be found here.
NOTE: The Section Registration Fees apply to both the Elder Law & Special Needs and Trusts & Estates Law Section members.

Basics of Elder Law & Special Needs Practice

9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Click on the Program Date to Register for that Location!  

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 | Melville 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 | Syracuse
Friday, November 15, 2019 | Buffalo
Friday, November 15, 2019 | NYC
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | Tarrytown 
Thursday, November 21, 2019 | Albany (Webcast) 

NYSBA Members: $175 | Elder Law & Special Needs Section Members: $150
Non Members: $275

7.5 MCLE Credits: 6.5  Areas of Professional Practice; 1.0 Ethics 

Overall Program Chair
Lauren Enea, Esq., Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano LLP, White Plains

Local Program Chairs
Albany | Jessica Botelho, Esq., Harris-Pero Legal Counsel, Saratoga
NYC | Alexis Gruttadauria, Esq., Schiff Hardin, NYC 
Westchester | Sara Meyers, Esq., Enea, Scanlan & Sirignano LLP, White Plains
Long Island | Deanna M. Eble, Esq., Russo Law Group, P.C., Garden City
Buffalo | Elizabeth A. Ingold, Esq., Ingold Law PLLC, Buffalo
Syracuse | Aaron D. Frishman, Esq., Bousquet Holstein, PLLC, Syracuse 

Elder Law & Special Needs Section - Learn more about the Section HERE
Committee on Continuing Legal Education

Elder Law & Special Needs Section Chair | Tara Anne Pleat, Esq. | Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC, Clifton Park 

Not Able to Attend in Person?
A Video Replay option is available.
If you cannot watch the program at the scheduled time and date, the recording will be available to you to access after the presentation date to watch on your schedule and earn your MCLE credits.*Newly admitted attorneys (less than twenty-four months) must attend the live program in order to earn Skills credits. Newly admitted attorneys are not able to earn Skills credits by viewing the video replay.


The New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law & Special Needs Section and the Committee on Continuing Legal Education are pleased to present Basics of Elder Law & Special Needs Practice. 

Program Description
Experienced practitioners will provide a foundational understanding of the major issues confronted in an elder law and special needs practice.  Designed as a basics course, the program will cover the fundamentals of document drafting, Medicare and Medicaid eligibility, and special needs issues.  Attendees will gain a basic foundation in elder law and special needs practice preparing them for intermediate and advanced-level programs and sustaining their growth as elder law and special needs practitioners.

Program Agenda

Program Agenda Topics 

  • Advanced Directives
  • Medicare, Medigap and Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Medicaid
  • Estate Planning for the Elderly and Individuals with Special Needs and Their Families
  • Ethical Considerations for Representing an Elderly Population  

Program Faculty

NYSBA Members: $175
Elder Law & Special Needs Section Members: $150
Non-Members: $ 275

Interested in registering more than one attorney?
Three or more registrations from the same firm/organization are eligible for our 20% Group Discount.

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Pre-registration Strongly Advised: You can save money and guarantee your seat and course materials by registering early.  Registrations cancelled less than three days from the program date will be assessed a cancellation fee of $25.00.

Elder Law & Special Needs Section Annual Meeting 2020

Save the Date - January 28!

Program information will be available closer to the meeting.

Elder Law and Special Needs Section UnProgram

Save the Dates!

Thursday, April 30 - Friday, May 1, 2020

The Desmond Hotel
Albany, NY


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 Patricia Shevy, Esq. and Katherine Carpenter, Esq., the Elder and Special Needs Law Journal is published quarterly by the Elder Law and Special Needs Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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