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Yana Feldman

Yana Feldman      

After earning her BA in Anthropology at the University 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.

How do we work?

First, we talk to you. If you call my office a member of our team will have a short chat with you on the phone to determine if we can assist in your matter. If so, we'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, we can come to you.

There is a fee for that initial consultation because we spend some time learning about your case and giving advice. We will ask you to fill out an intake form ahead of time and bring certain documents with you for our review, but the most important past of a consultation is talking and listening - we want to know what your goals, concerns, fears and questions are.

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, we need to learn a lot about your situation, sometimes asking 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 us about all the things you think are important.

Then, we create a plan of action. We give you information about what options are available to you and our recommendations.

Some matters are flat fee, and we can give you the total cost of our work at that meeting. Other matters are hourly and we give you our best estimate of how much your fees will be.

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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