She speaks to advocacy organizations on the importance of proper planning for families of children with special needs.
- Special Needs Planning
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Administration of Estates & Trusts
- Personal Injury Settlement Consulting
- New York
- Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA®)
- Special Needs Alliance: Treasurer, Board of Directors
- New York State Bar Association: – Trusts & Estates Section – Elder Law Section
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
- Westchester County Bar Association
- Estate Planning Council of Westchester
- Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc. – President
Awards and Recognition
- Best Lawyers in America® (Elder Law and Trusts and Estates)
- New York Super Lawyer since 2020
Amy C. O’Hara is a partner with the law firm of Littman Krooks LLP. Her practice is focused in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration, trust administration, guardianships, special needs planning, personal injury settlement consulting and veterans’ benefits.
Amy lectures frequently to advocacy organizations and families on the importance of proper planning for families of children with special needs. She regularly publishes articles relating to estate and special needs planning.
She is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors of the Special Needs Alliance, a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting families with special needs planning. Amy is also the President of the Board of Directors of Westchester Disabled on the Move, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that aims to improve the quality of life and the rights for all people with disabilities.
She is a member of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), Elder Law and Trusts & Estates Sections of the NYSBA, Westchester County Bar Association, and Mamaroneck-Harrison-Larchmont Bar Association.
Amy received her Juris Doctor degree from University at Buffalo Law School and received her Bachelor of Science degree from Binghamton University.
Amy is married and the mother of two teenage boys.
Recent Speaking Engagements:
- Using Pooled Trusts in Special Needs Planning with special guest Lee Ackerman, Executive Director of ACT for Life Services, Inc.
- AANE Greater Hudson Valley Support Group for Families of Adults with Asperger’s/Autism: Using Corporate Trustees in Special Needs Trusts
- NAELA Seminar: Maximizing the Quality of Life for Adults with Developmentally Disabilities
- SNA: Distribution Provisions for First and Third Party Special Needs Trusts
- Cooke School Presentation: Preparing for the Future: Child Centered Special Needs Planning
- Supplemental Security Income Restoration Act
- Managing Virtual Learning for Students with Special Needs (Reprinted with permission of the Special Needs Alliance, www.specialneedsalliance.org)
- Plan Now To Minimize Impact of Estate and Tax Gifts
- Advocating for Least Restrictive Alternatives in Plenary Guardianships
- Has Your Supplemental Needs Trust Been Reviewed Lately?
- “Supplemental Needs Trusts: How They Can Help Your Child with Special Needs”
- “Letter to Our Clients Regarding Recent Tax Act”
- Organizations That Help Individuals with Disabilities: The Special Needs Alliance
- IRS Increases Annual Exclusion for Gifts
- ABLE Account Update
- Is Your Estate Plan Up-To-Date?
- The Special Needs Fairness Act Becomes Law
- The Special Needs Fairness Act Passes
- ABLE Account Update
- Changes in SSI Benefit Payments in New York
- Why SNTs Are Still Appropriate in Cases Involving the NYS Medical Indemnity Fund
- Your Special Needs Trust (“SNT”) Defined
- Educational Rights and Legal Considerations for Your Young or Adult Child with Asperger’s or High-Functioning Autism
- “Early Termination Provisions in First Party Self Settled and Pooled Trusts – Recent Changes to the POMS”
- Your Special Needs Trust Explained (The Voice, August 2010 Vol. 4. Issue 2)
- Letter of Intent (The Voice, July 2013 – Vol. 7, Issue 6) – (Reprinted with permission of the Special Needs Alliance – www.specialneedsalliance.org.)
- Your Questions on Estate Planning: You Should Know About ‘Pour-Over’ Plans and Revocable Trusts (WSJ, featuring Amy C.O’Hara, Esq.)