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Bernard A. Krooks

Bernard A. Krooks
J.D., CPA, LLM (in taxation), CELA®, AEP® (Distinguished), Founding Partner

White Plains
New York City

Bernie is a founding partner of Littman Krooks and Chair of its Elder Law and Special Needs Department. He is a nationally-recognized expert in all aspects of elder law and special needs planning.

Practice Areas

  • Chair, Elder Law Department
  • Chair, Special Needs Department

Professional Designations & Education

  • Master of Laws, Taxation (LLM), New York University
  • Juris Doctor (JD), Hofstra University School of Law
  • Bachelor of Science, S.U.N.Y at Albany
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney® (CELA®)
  • Accredited Estate Planner (AEP)® (Distinguished)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law

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)

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)
  • Group Chair, Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Group, Real Property, Trust & Estate Law (RPTE) Section, American Bar Association (ABA)
  • Chair, Elder Law Committee, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Past President, Estate Planning Council of Westchester

Speaking Engagements

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

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

Advisory Boards

  • 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


Podcasts & Radio Shows

Bernard A. Krooks

 What is a Board Certified Elder Law Attorney®®?

Why Choose an Accredited Estate Planner®?

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, skip to minute 28:42 to view Bernie’s interview)

Saturday Night Cafe with Laura Smith (WABC Radio)

Recent 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