Bernard A. Krooks

Founding Partner
Littman Krooks LLP


Bernard A. Krooks is a founding partner of the law firm Littman Krooks LLP and Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department.  Mr. Krooks is a nationally-recognized expert in all aspects of elder law and special needs planning.

Mr. Krooks is past President of the Special Needs Alliance, a national, invitation-only, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting families with special needs planning. Mr. Krooks is past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a Fellow of NAELA, past Chair of the NAELA Tax Section and past Editor-in-Chief of the NAELA News. In addition, he is certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation and is an Accredited Estate Planner (AEP). He is a founding member and past President of the New York Chapter of NAELA. 


Mr. Krooks, a sought-after expert on elder law, special needs planning and estate planning matters, has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Newsweek, Forbes, Investment News, Financial Times, Money Magazine, Smart Money, Worth Magazine, Kiplinger’s, Bloomberg, Consumer Reports, CBS, Lawyer’s Weekly USA, Reader’s Digest, Bottom Line, The Journal of Financial Planning, The New York Law Journal, The Daily News, New York Post and Newsday, among others. He has testified before the United States House of Representatives and the New York City Council on long-term care issues. He also has appeared on Good Morning America Now, National Public Radio, Sirius XM Radio, CNN, PBS, NBC, and CBS evening news, as well as numerous cable television and radio shows.

Mr. Krooks has served on the Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association Westchester/Putnam Chapter and the Bioethics Advisory Committee of New York Hospital. He is a member of the board of directors of ARC of Westchester, a member of the Blythedale Children’s Hospital Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, a member of the Trusts & Estates Group of the Lawyer’s Division of the UJA-Federation of New York, a member of the legal advisory committee of the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program of Selfhelp Community Services, Inc., and a board member of the Caregiver’s Insights Foundation.  He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, New York Super Lawyers, Who’s Who in America, the New York Area’s Best Lawyers, New York Magazine and New York Times, and the Top 25 Westchester, New York Super Lawyers.



Articles by Bernard A. Krooks
Special Education Advocacy 
Bernard A. Krooks & Marion M. Walsh shine some light on an issue often overlooked by T&E practitioners.
Paying for Long-term Care 
Bernard A. Krooks & Michael Gilfix address the evolving challenge of paying for long-term care
Medicaid Expansion Under the Affordable Care Act
Bernard A. Krooks, founding partner of Littman Krooks LLP in White Plains, N.Y., discusses how the recent Supreme Court health care ruling allows individual states to opt out of the state-operated, federally funded Medicaid program
The High Cost of Aging 
Long-term care (LTC) and how we pay for it continue to be major issues for Americans and our federal, state and local governments. Congress attempted
Individuals With Special Needs
Although the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 reduced the importance of estate tax planning for many, it didn't obviate the need for estate plans for non-tax reasons such as asset protection, guardianship, ...
Individuals With Special Needs 
Although the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 reduced the importance of estate tax planning for many, it
Navigating the System 
Advising clients on Medicare and Medicaid planning and eligibility has become increasingly complicated. Elder law practitioners must struggle to keep
The Medicaid Trust 
The cost of long-term health care continues to spiral and insurance companies continue to cover fewer and fewer long-term needs. As a result, it's important
Long-term Care Is Critical 
Perhaps the greatest development in the world of elder care and special needs law during 2009 was the lack of any real development. With the national
The Good and the Very Bad 
Elder law experienced no cataclysms in 2008. But significant trends emerged and public benefits planning continued to mature. First, the good news: Medicaid
The good news in elder law is that there was no big news in 2007. That's a relief after years of new federal laws enacted to restrict people's access
Throw Mama From the Train 
It just got harder to be old and anything short of wealthy. Chapter 2 of the new Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) focuses exclusively on long-term
Every Man for Himself 
The Medicare prescription drug debate dominated media reports about health care costs in 2003, but there were many other critical developments that will
Traditionally, trusts and estates lawyers have been squeamish about protecting high-net-worth individuals' assets from the cost of long-term health care
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