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Yana Feldman

Yana Feldman      

After earning her BA in Anthropology at the Universality of Chicago, and her JD at Tulane Law School in New Orleans, Yana Feldman returned to New York and has practiced exclusively in the field of Estate Planning & Elder Law since 2002.

Anthropology is the study of humankind, and as an attorney and counselor, I am constantly learning more about humankind. I seek to use my knowledge of the law to help my clients plan for the different possibilities life can bring, both good and bad. I help people feel secure after they have created an estate plan; they know that their families are taken care of should anything happen to them. 

Yana believes in a team approach to estate planning for her clients, and many of her clients come to her from accountants and financial advisors who identify individuals in need of estate planning or elder law assistance. She teaches Continuing Legal Education classes for other attorneys on these topics, as well as to financial professionals at major financial institutions such as New York Life, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.

Besides practicing law, Yana is active in the community, serving as Legal Director of the Veneration Project which focuses on building stable inter-generational communities by helping older adults and their families navigate the practical aspects of aging. She is also a Board member of the Kings Bay Y, where she focuses on establishing a planned giving program for the agency. She was and continues to be a part of the post-Sandy recovery efforts in Brooklyn, focusing on the special needs of seniors. She is also a volunteer attorney with the Safe Passage program, assisting child asylum seekers.

Can I Hep You?

I can't make you money, but I can help you protect what you have from creditors, make it go as far as it can by making sure you minimize or eliminate any estate taxes and maximize government benefits that you and your family are legally entitled to and make sure that your money goes where you want after you're gone. How do I do this?

I create wills that name guardians and set up trusts for children for young families so that kids are protected.
I make sure that your money goes to the people you want, not to the ones under New York State law.
I draft documents like a Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy, so if you became sick or disabled, your chosen agent can take care of your affairs and make decisions for you.

If someone you loved passed away and had any assets, I can help you probate their estate. I can also help you if there is a disagreement about an estate and family members are fighting in or out of court.

I help business owners set up the right structures to avoid law suits and protect their assets. I also make sure that if you own a business with someone else, you have the right agreements and contracts set up, like a prenup for a business, if you will.

I help counsel couples who are getting married about prenuptial agreements.

If you have aging parents or grandparents or loved ones, or if you yourself are concerned about care as you age, I can counsel you on how to title your assets so you could be eligible for Medicaid, a Federal/State program that pays for long term care at home or in a nursing facility. I can save you a lot of money by using planning techniques nursing homes will never tell you about.

If you have a loved one who can't take care of their affairs and didn't put plans into place, I can help you have a guardian appointed for them.

How do I work?

First, I talk to you. If you call my office I'll have a short chat with you on the phone to determine if I think I can help. If so, I'll ask to schedule a face to face meeting or, if you are not local, we can also schedule a virtual meeting. If you are in a hospital or nursing home or if you have trouble moving around, I will come to you. There is a fee for that initial consultation because I'm going to spend some time learning about your case and giving my advice. I may ask you to bring certain documents or fill out a form ahead of time, but the most important thing we do is talk. I ask you what your concern is. Some people will have very specific issues: my aunt passed away and I am the executor of her will, my dad is in the hospital and needs a nursing home.Other people come in and say I need to "do estate planning" or "asset protection". Regardless, I need to learn a lot about your situation, sometimes I need to ask questions that are very personal or that may seem unimportant, but there are a great deal of seemingly unimportant issues that can have a big impact.  You have an opportunity to tell me about all the things you think are important.

Then, we create a plan of action. I give you information about what options are available to you and I give you my recommendation.

Some matters are flat fee, and I can give you the total price. Others are hourly and I give you my best estimate of how much it will cost.

Bar Admissions:

  • New York State Bar

Affiliations:

  • New York State Bar Association, Member of Elder Law and Estate Planning Sections
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member, former member  Committee of Problems of the Aging
  • Russian American Bar Association, Founding Member

Education:

  • University of Chicago, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
  • Tulane Law School, Juris Doctor
Yana Feldman



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