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Amy C. O’Hara
Amy focuses her practice on special needs planning, trusts and estates, elder law and personal injury settlement consulting. She is a sought out speaker and frequently speaks to advocacy organizations on the importance of proper planning for families of children with special needs.
Amy C. O’Hara is a partner with the law firm of Littman Krooks LLP. Her practice focuses in the areas of elder law, estate planning and administration, trust administration, guardianship, special needs planning and personal injury settlement consulting.
Amy lectures frequently to advocacy and professional organizations and families on the importance of proper planning for families of children with special needs. She regularly publishes articles relating to elder law, estate and special needs planning.
Amy is Certified as an Elder Law Attorney (CELA®) by the National Elder Law Foundation and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
She is the President-Elect 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 sons.
- Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA®)
- Special Needs Alliance: President-Elect, 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, Board of Directors
Best Lawyers in America® (Elder Law and Trusts and Estates) since 2020
News & Articles
- Westchester Institute of Human Development’s Future Planning Webinar: “How Do We Pass The Torch?”
- Taxation on Special Needs Trusts
- Special Needs Planning: Common Errors
- Top 10 Considerations Professionals Must Know When Assisting Families with Special Needs
- 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
Partner Amy C. O’Hara, CELA®, presented at Westchester Institute of Human Development’s Future Planning Webinar Series on Estate Planning. She covered topics and trends in estate planning in her presentation titled “How Do We Pass The Torch?” This is particularly important for families who have children with special needs. We thank Westchester Institute for Human Development for their tireless work for the disabled and vulnerable children.
If you were not able to attend, you can find the presentation at the link below. We thank WIHD for inviting us to participate in the Future Planning Webinar Series, and for their dedication and advocacy to help disabled and vulnerable children.
From the Library
Update on Supported Decision Making in New York State
By Amy C. O’Hara, Partner From recent experience in New York guardianship courts on applications where individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities may have some higher functioning…
Managing Virtual Learning for Students with Special Needs
Reprinted with permission of the Special Needs Alliance (www.specialneedsalliance.org) This post was authored by attorney Amy C. O’Hara, CELA of Littman Krooks, LLP, New York….