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Littman Krooks LLP will be participating in the following professional events. To view our  Community Events listings, click here. To subscribe to our newsletter, please click here.

Oct 2017

Thursday, October 26, 2017

  • Florida Fellows Institute, Class III, Program #1

    The Florida Fellows Institute was created by Florida Fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) to develop future leaders through a series of in-depth educational presentations led by outstanding subject matter experts in each field.

    The three, two-day sessions in the Institute begin in October 2017 and end in April 2018. Recognizing the importance of the content of each session, participants to be recognized as Graduates of the Institute will successfully complete all six days of the program.

    Littman Krooks founding partner Bernard A. Krooks, speak on Elder Law & Special Needs on Program 1 (October 26, 2017).  To see the full program guide, please click here.


Monday, October 30, 2017

  • WEBINAR: Crowdfunding: Legal, Tax and other Considerations of Advising Victims of Las Vegas Shooting, California Fires and Hurricanes

    Time: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

    Speakers: Martin Shenkman, Esq., Jonathan G. Blattmachr, Esq. and Bernard A. Krooks, Esq.

    Sponsor: Interactive Legal and Peak Trust Company

    Course Description:  So many victims of so many calamities are now struggling with unfathomable challenges: mass shootings, hurricanes, fires…. Crowdfunding sites have or are being created for many of these people and causes. The tax and legal issues these campaigns face are numerous and complex, and few have been addressed in the law or literature. This webinar will inform professionals called upon to help clients with crowdfunding sites. $930 Million was raised last year for medical related campaigns. Yet there is surprisingly little tax guidance on what happens with these funds. Topics will include:

    • What is crowdfunding, and why do you care? Because this is so new for practitioners many key terms and concepts will be explained at the outset.
    • What is the difference between campaigns for a general cause and a campaign to help an individual?
    • Income tax issues of crowdfunding for a cause.
    • Would partnering with an established charity help?
    • Do contributors get an income tax deduction? If not, can you salvage that with creative planning?
    • Are there gift tax traps for those making gifts to crowdfunding campaigns?
    • How should campaigns be structured and planned?
    • Will ongoing medical expenses be covered by the victims’ health insurance, if any?
    • Will Medicare, Medicaid or any other government benefit program help cover the cost?How will victims know if they qualify?
    • When might a special needs trust be advisable? What about an ABLE account? How might this help those affected achieve a better result?
    • How does the language in the crowdfunding campaign and the terms of service in the web platform hosting the campaign affect the results?
    • A recent PLR will be reviewed.

    There are no professional advancement credits (CPE, CLE, etc.) offered for viewing this webinar.

    To register for this webinar, click here.

Nov 2017

Thursday, November 2, 2017

  • Disciplining Students with Behavioral Issues: A Legal & Ethical Guide for Suspension, Expulsion & General Classroom Discipline Procedures

    Location: Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown, 200 West Main Street, Elmsford, NY 10523

    Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Gain a Legal Overview of Complex Discipline Issues That Affect Students with Behavioral Issues

    Although no educator enjoys it, disciplining students is a common part of any school day and can create complicated legal dilemmas for any school. Moreover, disciplining students whose misbehavior is a manifestation of their disabilities is also all too common, requiring a great deal of patience in addition to creating a whole other series of tricky legal issues. These situations require copious amounts of documentation, and this documentation has to be legally sound. Are you up to date on the latest rules and standards? Learn techniques that you can use to avoid discipline problems and to ensure that your school stays legally compliant when they happen. Register today!

    • Ensure your understanding of essential student discipline regulations and legal procedures remains up to date.
    • Understand what response strategies are legally appropriate for certain disruptive behaviors, such as unwanted physical and sexual gestures, advances or exhibitions.
    • Gain information on when a functional behavior assessment is necessary and on useful procedures to conduct one.
    • Create legally substantive IEPs that provide students with the educational benefits they need.
    • Get the latest on how to legally suspend and expel students with behavioral issues under IDEA.
    • Know the legal implications of the bullying of special needs students under various federal laws.
    • Effectively create and implement a school-wide discipline plan that avoids problems before they occur.

    “Creating Discipline Plans That Work” will be presented by Marion M. Walsh, Esq., Littman Krooks LLP from 3:40PM – 4:30PM.

    Who Should Attend:

    This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for school administrators, teachers, principals and vice principals, counselors, psychologists, social workers, school nurses, special education program specialists, attorneys, and paralegals.

    Click here for the seminar outline. Click here to register.

    Continuing Education:
    NY Teacher Education Credit – 6.0
    IACET – 0.6
    NY CLE – 7.0
    NJ CLE – 7.2
    PA CLE – 6.0


    $359 for the first registrant

    $349 for each additional registrant


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

  • AICPA’s 2017 National Tax Conference

    Time: 12:00 am

    The AICPA’s National Tax Conference, hosted in the heart of the nation’s capital and online, brings leading tax practitioners and key government officials together to present differing and shared positions for a thoughtful review of potential scenarios, tax priorities and a pulse check of the ever-changing tax landscape.

    Who Should Attend?
    CPAs and other financial professionals at every experience level, who are involved with tax planning, consulting and compliance

    Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., to speak on “Planning for an Aging Population” from Tuesday, November 7, 10:45 – 11:35 AM.  Registration is required. Click here for additional details.

Dec 2017

Thursday, December 7, 2017

  • Trust and Estate Taxation Conference

    Location: Bernstein Private Wealth Management, 1345 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10105

    Time: 12:00 am

    Littman Krooks partner, Amy C. O’Hara, Esq., to speak. To view the agenda, please click here. 

    CPE Credits:

    • 8 Taxation (NYSED) / Taxes (NASBA) credits
    • Course Code:  25608811
    • Course Format:  FAE Conference
    • Developer:  Foundation for Accounting Education
    • Location:  Manhattan/Bronx
    Member Price:
    Non-Member Price:

    To register for this event, click here.


Jan 2018

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

  • 52nd Annual Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning

    Location: Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center,, 8701 World Center Drive, Orlando, Florida 32821

    Time: 9:00 am - 5:20 pm

    This year’s Institute features a series of programs on Elder Law. This series covers new developments in special needs planning, financing long-term care, improving the quality of life of elderly clients, and planning for IRA required minimum distributions.

    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 (9:00 – 9:50 a.m.)
      Will You Still Need Me, Will You Still Feed Me, When I’m Sixty-Four?
      Presented by Bernard A. Krooks, Esq.
      Not sure that the Beatles were thinking about financing long-term care, but you and your clients should be! Seventy percent of Americans age 65 and older will need some form of long-term care during their lifetime. Unfortunately, the U.S. has no health insurance system for long-term care. To many, this comes as a rude awakening as their health declines and the need for care arises. This presentation will address the myriad of options available to people in need of long-term care, how to finance such care, and other issues that should be addressed during this process.
    • Wednesday, January 24, 2018 Special Session II-D (3:50 – 5:20 p.m.)
      Problems, Problems, Problems. Your Older Clients Have Them, but Elder Law Can Help Solve Them
      Presented by Bernard A. Krooks, Esq.
      The bad news is that during later life individuals often encounter legal problems arising from health concerns, long-term care, and the need for appropriate housing. The good news is that elder law often provides answers by crafting solutions that permit clients to live as well as possible in the last decades of their lives. The panel will discuss hypothetical, but realistic, problems often faced by older clients, and demonstrate how to “solve” or at least alleviate them, by applying the precepts and knowledge of elder law.

    To register for this event, click here.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

  • Central Florida Estate Planning Council Dinner Meeting

    Location: Citrus Club in downtown Orlando (255 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1800, Orlando, Florida 32801), 255 South Orange Avenue, Suite 1800, , Orlando , Florida 32801

    Time: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm

    Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., to speak. Additional details to follow.

Feb 2018

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

  • Estate Planning for Individuals with Disabilities: What You Need to Know

    Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Estate planning for persons with disabilities involves significant challenges for the attorney. This webinar will cover the issues that practitioners need to consider and the options available to help clients accomplish their objectives.

    Each client is truly unique and there are many planning opportunities to discuss, such as:

    • Government benefit programs and other services
    • Guardianship—when it is necessary and what the alternatives are
    • Special needs trusts—the different types of trusts and when each is appropriate
    • ABLE accounts

    Littman Krooks managing partner, Bernard A. Krooks, Esq., to moderate.

    To register for this event, click here.