Bernard A. Krooks

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 aspectsof elder law and special needs planning. He is the President of the Board of Directors of the Arc of Westchester, the largest agency in Westchester County serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
 
Mr. Krooks is past President of the Special Needs Alliance, a national, invitation-only, not-forprofitorganization dedicated to assisting families with special needs planning. He is past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), a Fellow of NAELA, pastChair 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. In 2008, he received the Chapter’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his lifelong work on behalf of seniors and those with disabilities. In 2007, his firm received the NYSARC employer of the year award for employing people with disabilities. In 2011, his firm received the Family Friendly Employment Policy Award from the Westchester Women’s Bar Association. 
 
Mr. Krooks is past Chair of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and past Editor-in-Chief of the Elder Law Attorney , the newsletter of the NYSBA Elder Law Section. He also is a member of the Trusts and Estates Law Section and Tax Section of the NYSBA . Mr. Krooks co-authors (1) a chapter in the NYSBA  publication Guardianship Practice in New York State  entitled “Creative Advocacy in Guardianship Settings: Medicaid and Estate Planning, Including Transfer of Assets, Supplemental Needs Trusts & Protection of Disabled Family Members.”; and (2) the NYSBA  publication Elder Law, Special Needs Planning and Will Drafting . He is chair of the elder law committee of the editorial advisory board of Trusts & Estates Magazine, and serves on the editorial boards of Exceptional Parent Magazine, and Leimberg Information Services. 
 
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, Wealth Manager, CBS Marketwatch.com, 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 other cable television and radio shows.
 
Mr. Krooks is past President of the Estate Planning Council of Westchester, a member or the Advisory Board of the National Association of Estate Planning Councils Foundation, and the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council. He also is Co-Chair of the Long Term Care, Medicaid, and Special Needs Trusts Committee of the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section and a member of the Tax Section of the American Bar Association; a member of the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, and a member of the American Institute of CPAs. Mr. Krooks also is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and serves on its Elder Law Committee. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Center for Finance, Law & Taxation and is a member of the NYU Institute on Federal Taxation Advisory Board. Mr. Krooks has presented on a variety of elder law and special needs topics at the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning, the premier estate planning conference in the country.
 
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 Blythedale Children’s Hospital Planned Giving Professional Advisory Board, 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 The New York Times , and the Top 25 Westchester, New York Super Lawyers.

 

Articles
Planning Ahead for Diminished Capacity
Four critical concerns to discuss with clients
The Sad Death of Casey Kasem
The family of the legendary disc jockey and host have engaged in an unseemly feud that's unfortunately all too common.
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
Whew!
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
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