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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 has represented clients in Article 9 and Article 81 proceedings under the New York Mental Hygiene Law.
Mr. Krooks is the Past 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.
He is a member of the NAEPC Estate Planning Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®) Distinguished designation. Mr. Krooks is past President of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), a national, invitation-only, not-forprofit 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 a Certified 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 2007, his firm received the NYSARC employer of the year award for employing people with disabilities. In 2008, he received the Chapter’s Outstanding Achievement Award for his lifelong work on behalf of seniors and those with disabilities. In 2011, his firm received the Family Friendly Employment Policy Award from the Westchester Women’s Bar Association. In 2016, he was named Advocate of the Year Award from the Arc of Westchester Children’s School for Early Development.
Mr. Krooks is past Chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs 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 and Special Needs 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 of the Advisory Board of the National Association of Estate Planning Councils Foundation and the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council. He is Liaison to the Commission on Law and Aging, to the Senior Lawyers Division and to the National Guardianship Network. He is the immediate Past Chair of the Elder Law & Special Needs Planning Group of the Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE) Section of the American Bar Association (ABA) and is also 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 is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and is immediate Past Chair of 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 serves on the New York-Presbyterian Hospital Planning Giving Advisory Council and the Wolters Kluwer Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board. He has also 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., appeared on WABC Radio. He discussed the importance of legal and financial planning for a child with Autism. To view or listen to his recent appearance, click on the link below:
Saturday Night Cafe with Laura Smith (WABC Radio)
Awards & Recognition
- 2016 Advocate of the Year Award, Arc of Westchester Children’s School for Early Development
- Estate Planning Hall of Fame Class of 2014, National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC)
- Outstanding Achievement Award, NAELA New York Chapter for lifelong work on behalf of seniors and individuals with disabilities
- Best Lawyers in America® (Elder Law and Trusts and Estates) since 2007
- New York Super Lawyer since 2006
- Top 25 Westchester, NY Super Lawyers since 2008
- Who’s Who in America
- NYSARC Employer of the Year Award (2007)
- Family Friendly Employment Policy Award, Westchester Women’s Bar Association (2011)
- Best Lawyers ‘Lawyer of the Year’ (Trusts and Estates; 2020)
- Best Lawyers ‘Lawyer of the Year’ (Elder Law; 2021)
Bar Association Leadership Positions
- Past President and Fellow, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
- Founding Member and Past President, New York Chapter of NAELA
- Past Chair, Elder Law and Special Needs Section, New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
- Past President, Special Needs Alliance (SNA)
- Immediate Past Chair, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Group, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE) Section, American Bar Association (ABA)
- Immediate Past Chair, Elder Law Committee, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
- Past President, Estate Planning Council of Westchester
Civic and Community Service
- Past president, Board of Directors, Arc of Westchester
- Board Member, Caregiver Insights Foundation
- Past Member, Board of Directors, Westchester/Putnam Chapter of Alzheimer’s Association
- Member, Legal Advisory Committee of Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program
- Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
- Wolters Kluwer Financial and Estate Planning Advisory Board
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital Planned Giving Advisory Council
- Chair of Elder Law Committee, Trusts & Estates magazine
- Leimberg Information Services
- NYU Institute of Federal Taxation
- NAEPC Foundation
- Exceptional Parent magazine
Nationally recognized speaker at leading elder law, estate planning & special needs planning conferences, including:
- Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning
- World Congress on Adult Guardianship
- Stetson Law Special Needs Trusts – The National Conference
- PLI Estate Planning Institute
- American Bar Association Annual Meeting
- New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting
- NAEPC Annual Conference
- ACTEC Annual Meeting
- KC Estate Planning Symposium
- World Congress & Expo on Disabilities
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Conference
- Notre Dame Tax & Estate Planning Institute
- Baltimore Estate Planning Council
News & Articles
- “Benefits for Seniors Reduced,” Trusts & Estates Magazine, January 2016
- Co-Author, Elder Law, Special Needs Planning and Will Drafting, a NYSBA publication
- Co-Author, “Creative Advocacy in Guardianship Settings,” chapter in NYSBA publication, Guardianship Practice in New York State
- “The Graying of America,” Trusts & Estates Magazine, January 2015
- “Planning Ahead for Diminished Capacity,” Trusts & Estates magazine, July 2014
- “Why Elder Law?,” Probate & Property magazine, May/June 2014
- “Special Education Advocacy, What Every T&E Lawyer Needs to Know,” Trusts & Estates magazine, June 2013
- “Paying for Long-Term Care,” Trusts & Estates magazine, January 2013
Lou Giampa, President/Founder of Right at Home – Westchester joins this episode of the Littman Krooks Podcast to discuss aging in place options and changes to home health care to protect clients and caregivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
From the Library
Deciding How to Leave Money to Others
By Bernard A. Krooks, Certified Elder Law Attorney You have finally gotten around to focusing on your estate planning and have taken that first step…