Bernard A. Krooks
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. 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-for-profit organization 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, 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. 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.
Bernard A. Krooks in the Media
Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., recently appeared on BronxNet and WABC Radio. He discussed the importance of legal and financial planning for a child with Autism.
To view or listen to one of his recent appearances, click on any of the links below:
- Today’s Verdict with David Lesch (Bronxnet, April 16, 2013; skip to minute 28:42 to view Bernie’s interview)
- Saturday Night Cafe with Laura Smith (WABC Radio, April 27, 2013)
- The Sad Death of Casey Kasem: A Legendary Voice Silenced (Wealthmanagement.com by Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., & Lawrence Frolik)
- Consult Lawyer About Living Trust (Poughkeepsie Journal, June 29, 2014)
- Weigh Pros and Cons Before Rolling Your 401(k) into IRA (Chicago Tribune, by Janet Kidd Stewart featuring Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., June 5, 2014)
- Don’t Delay Saving for Retirement (Poughkeepsie Journal, by Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., June 1, 2014)
- Looking at Medicaid’s 5-Year Look Back Period (Special to Newsday, by Lynn Brenner featuring Bernard A. Krooks, Esq.)
- “Top 40” host Casey Kasem’s disappearance holds lessons for advisers: Tackling issues regarding elder care early can help settle disputes later on” (Investment News, by Darla Zarcone, featuring Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., May 15, 2014)
- How to Avoid an Estate Battle After You Die: Dividing Money is Easy. But Who Gets Mom’s Tea Set? (Consumer Reports Money Adviser May 2014)
- Is a Health Care Proxy Right for your Child with Disabilities (NYMetroParents by Kaitlin Ahern)
- Money Pros: What you need to know about asset transfers that affect Medicaid’s 5-year Lookback: Certain resources and transfers may be exempt under certain circumstances (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – January 17, 2014)
- Managing Alzheimer’s: Straight Talk and Planning
- Individuals with Special Needs: A variety of options are available to help families handle the complex planning issues they face
- Boomers will transform retirement
- Don’t delay estate and financial planning
- Paying family caregiver can ease hard feelings
- While the Science is Still Uncertain, the Need to Plan for Your Child’s Future is a Sure Thing!
- Bernard A. Krooks Named Vice Chair of ACTEC Elder Law Committee