- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Estate Litigation
- Medicaid Planning
- Special Education Advocacy
- Special Education Litigation
- New York
- Loyola University
- St. John’s University School of Law
Laura M. Brancato, Esq. is a Senior Attorney with the law firm Littman Krooks LLP. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Elder Law and Special Needs Section where she serves as Co-Chair of the Guardianship Committee. As the lead attorney in the firm’s litigation group her practice focuses on elder law and mental health issues, especially Article 81 proceedings. She also leads the estate litigation group and frequently consults with the Medicaid planning and estate planning practice group. She has represented clients in Article 81 and 17-A proceedings in Westchester, Queens, Kings, New York and Rockland Counties, and has close to 20 years of experience litigating matters relating to these issues in New York State Supreme Court, Surrogate’s Court, and at all levels of administrative hearings.
Prior to her position at Littman Krooks LLP, Ms. Brancato was the Village Prosecutor for the Village of Larchmont, opened her own firm to represent clients in estate and elder law planning, and was an Assistant District Attorney with the Bronx District Attorney’s office, where she was the founding member of the Bronx County DNA Biotracks Unit, in addition to trying cases in the Gang/Major Case Unit.
Ms. Brancato received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Maryland, where she studied political science and business. She received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where she held an executive board position on the Moot Court Honor Society and conducted pre-trial hearings in State Supreme Court as a law student through the prosecutor’s clinic.
Ms. Brancato lives in Westchester with her family and works actively in her community, sitting on the board of numerous local charitable organizations. She is also an executive board member of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck SEPTA as well as the Village of Larchmont Parks and Trees committee.
In addition, Ms. Brancato conducts seminars, webinars, and other informational meetings regarding guardianship, Medicaid planning, estate planning and related matters. She has authored a number of elder law articles, including most recently “The Growing Crisis in Aging: Complex Challenges Exist with Long-Term Options.”
- Securing the Safety of Clients in Family Court
- New York Enacts New Power of Attorney Law
- Guardianship: Fact or Fiction
- The Impact of Blended Families on Estate Planning and Litigation
- Changes To The Power of Attorney Regulations in New York State
- The Growing Crisis in Aging: Complex Challenges Exist with Long-Term Options