Robert Freedman is a partner in the Trusts and Estates Group. Within the general trusts and estates practice, Robert has focused his practice to address the issues facing the elderly and persons with disabilities and their families. Robert’s clients can depend not only on his deep knowledge of the law and forty years of experience, but also the compassionate practical approach he brings to his practice.
Representation of individuals with special needs and their families is a cornerstone of Robert’s practice. In addition to helping families qualify for and secure government benefits like Medicaid, Robert counsels families on a multi-generational level to ensure that special needs beneficiaries are appropriately provided for in the family’s estate plan. Beyond the intricacies of the legal issues that arise, he appreciates and understands the daunting circumstances that persons with special needs and their families face. Robert is nationally recognized for advising clients on planning for individuals with disabilities and their families, especially Autism and other developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, mental illness and physical disabilities.
Robert has extensive experience in addressing the legal and financial issues of the elderly population and focuses much of his work on elderly clients with dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS and other debilitating illnesses. He is a founder of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and was elected as one of its first fellows. He also founded the Elder Law section of the New York State Bar Association, served as its chair and was honored with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Robert’s clients come to learn that elder law is “more than just Medicaid” and is appropriate and necessary for individuals in all socioeconomic situations.
In 1985, Robert founded the elder law firm Freedman and Fish, which was one of the first firms specializing in the field of elder law. Robert began working in elder law as a law student and then as a staff attorney at the Institute on Law and Rights of Older Adults of the Brookdale Center on Aging in 1978. He was a staff attorney at Legal Services for the Elderly until he left to assist in starting the Bet Tzedek Legal Clinic at the Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University, which provides legal services to indigent elderly and disabled clients. Prior to joining the firm, Robert was a partner at Schiff Hardin LLP and at Mazur Carp & Rubin, which combined with Schiff Hardin in July 2013.
The recent arrival of Trusts & Estates, Elder Care and Special Needs partners Robert M. Freedman, Barry Lutzky and associate Alexis Gruttadauria was featured in Bloomberg Big Law Business.
Tarter Krinsky & Drogin, a full-service, mid-size law firm announced today that it has expanded its Trusts & Estates practice, continuing its strategic growth and strengthening its client offerings by adding three lawyers. The group handles all aspects of estate and tax planning, as well as estate administration. With the addition of the new lawyers, the capabilities of the Trusts & Estates practice have expanded to include expertise in the representation of the elderly, individuals with disabilities and/or mental illness and their families.
On December 12, Trusts & Estates, Elder Law and Special Needs partner Robert M. Freedman and associate Alexis Gruttadauria will present the CLE program, “What Every Attorney Needs to Know About Elder Law.”
The program, which is part of Tarter Krinsky & Drogin’s CLE series, will focus on the most important legal and financial issues facing the growing aging population. Elderly clients worry about how they will manage their health care and finances for the rest of their lives and are particularly concerned about the effects of memory loss and dementia. About 15% of the population is affected by dementia by age 70 and that percentage increases to about 40% by age 90.
On November 15, Trusts & Estates Partner Robert M. Freedman will present “Ethical Considerations for Representing an Elderly Population” as a part of the New York State Bar Association CLE program, “Basics of Elder Law & Special Needs Practice,” which will be chaired by associate Alexis Gruttadauria.