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Judith D. Grimaldi

Grimaldi & Yeung LLP

Judith D. Grimaldi

Grimaldi & Yeung LLP

Judith D. Grimaldi

Grimaldi & Yeung LLP

Judith D. Grimaldi, is a partner in the pioneering elder law firm GRIMALDI & YEUNG LLP. Ms. Grimaldi’s perspective on the issues facing the elderly and disabled is unique; it was shaped by more than a decade of field experience as a social worker. In this capacity, Ms. Grimaldi served as Director of Lutheran Medical Center’s Community Care Organization and instructor in Gerontology in Marymount Manhattan College. In addition, she was a community relations and family coordinator at South Beach Psychiatric Center of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Each of these positions provided her with unique, first-hand encounters with the day-to-day impact of aging and disability.

As an attorney for over 20 years, Ms. Grimaldi has represented the rights of the elderly and disabled. She has special expertise on Medicare and Medicaid, health law, trusts and wills and estates. Her particular focus is on family caregivers and homecare. Ms. Grimaldi is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. She has been named as an Outstanding Woman in Business and Community Leadership by NIA Community Services Network 2017; has been named one of “New York’s Women Leaders in the Law 2012”, by New York Magazine and after an extensive peer review and rating process, New York Magazine has named her one of New York’s “Best Lawyers” 2008 to present, and has also been named “Super Lawyer” since 2009. She is also Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability through Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Grimaldi is currently an adjunct professor of Brooklyn Law School.

Ms. Grimaldi is the Immediate Past Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law & Special Needs Section, and is a member of the House of Delegates. She is a past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), New York Chapter, and is a member of NAELA’s State Advocacy Committee and member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). She is a past Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Legal Problems of the Aging Committee; Charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and was recently named to the National Board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ms. Grimaldi is also active in the Senior Issue Committee of New York City’s Community Board 10, where she is currently working on developing a Bay Ridge Age Friendly Improvement District, and has recently authored a book, “5@55”, The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55”.

Ms. Grimaldi is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, where she was an adjunct professor. She also holds an MSW from Hunter College of the City of New York and a BA from Marymount Manhattan College with a certificate in Gerontology.

Articles:
Author, "Staying at Home Options Other Than Medicaid," New York State Bar Association Advance Elder Law Seminar, Spring 2001; Personal Care Contract Options, January 2008, MOLST: New York State's Medical Orders to Honor the Wishes of Seriously Ill Patient, NYSBA Elder Law Attorney, Spring 2009; "New York State's Power of Attorney Gets a New Look & Better Control", Alzheimer's Association, NYC Chapter, Summer 2009; Overview of Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Recipients, NYSBA, Fall, 2010; Legal Capacity Counseling, NAELA Advanced Elder Law Review, January, 2011; Updates on Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Recipients, NAELA News, Winter, 2011; The Class Act – Community Living Assistance Services Supports Act—A Long Term Care Option in the Health Care Legislation, NYSBA Newsletter, Spring, 2011.

Books: Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Long-Term Planning and Nursing Home Protection, Aspatore Publishers, a Thomson Reuters business - Authored chapter: Effective Strategies for Client Long-Term Care, March, 2011

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https://gylawny.com/Grimaldi & Yeung LLP is a personal service law firm with a special focus on the planning needs of retirees, elders, disabled and their families. We develop individualized estate plans designated to address important legal and financial issues such as: asset protection, tax planning, preserving family-owned businesses, and transferring wealth to the next generation.

Our staff can also assist with Long Term Care Planning and special needs for the elderly and disabled including Medicaid, home care and nursing home advocacy.

Our attorneys provide free informational seminars on all of the above topics. Kindly contact our office for scheduling.

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