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Protecting Families Across Long Island

  • Eliminate Stress About Losing Your Life’s Savings to Long-Term Care
  • Crisis Medicaid Planning and Medicaid Applications
  • Proactive Planning for Seniors to Keep Your Nest Egg & Legacy
  • Strategically Achieving Your Goals of Aging In Place and Long-Term Care

About Larry

Lawrence Cohen represents clients in all aspects of Elder Law, Crisis Medicaid Planning, Estate Planning and Probate matters. His practice also includes over 25 years of experience working hand in hand with clients and families to successfully resolve their catastrophic accident or personal injury matters. A caring and experienced legal adviser who strives to simplify the complex legal process for his clients, Lawrence sets himself apart as a compassionate and thoughtful attorney with large law firm credentials. Within the legal arena, Lawrence is known as a goal-oriented strategic thinker, who works tirelessly to gain a deep understanding of his client’s overarching needs.  Lawrence has successfully handled numerous cases for seniors and their families, beneficiaries, executors, fiduciaries, accident victims, large scale construction companies, real estate owners and business owners.

Prior to running his own legal practice, Lawrence held Partner and Associate positions at leading litigation and business law firms based in New York City and Long Island. Lawrence’s experience here included spearheading complex litigation matters, construction and labor law cases, business and commercial litigation, premises and product liability, and environmental and toxic torts.

Lawrence’s goal in his elder law practice is to help clients make smart, responsible and value-based decisions despite the many competing and difficult emotions frequently experienced by family members. He is a caring, empathetic and highly experienced advocate with a vested interest in ensuring the success and happiness of his clients.

Lawrence received his law degree from Quinnipiac University School of Law, with an undergraduate degree in Finance from the State University at Albany. His Bar qualifications include New York, Connecticut, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York. Lawrence resides in Plainview, New York with his wife and two daughters.  In his downtime, he enjoys hiking, biking and running.

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Elder Law

Elder Law is an area of practice that includes advocating for Seniors and their family members. It encompasses preservation of one’s dignity, protecting their assets, and making sure you or your loved one gets the Long Term Care you need in the event it is required. There are a multitude of important facets to creating an effective elder plan that is right for you and your family. Every family’s situation is unique and different in its own way. The Law Offices of Lawrence Cohen will make certain that your Last Will and Testament or Trust follows your specific wishes and provides critical protection for your family.

In addition, there are several planning strategies and legal documents that are essential for Elder Planning clients, such as: Durable Power of Attorney, Healthcare Care Proxy, Living Will, and a Medicaid Asset Protection Trust. Schedule a meeting with Lawrence Cohen and allow him to be a resource and caring advisor to you through the process.

Medicaid Planning

Recent studies indicate that approximately 40% of people reaching age 65 will require some type of long-term care. In NY State, the annual cost of nursing home care ranges from approximately $135,000 to over $200,000 per year. Although most seniors would prefer to stay at home and hire home health aides, the cost of care for companions or personal care aides could easily eclipse that of a nursing home.

Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover the cost of long-term care, regardless of whether it is at home, in an assisted living community or in a nursing facility. New York’s high cost for nursing home care or home health aides has made Medicaid long-term care planning critically important for seniors and their families at all income levels.

Medicaid is a government benefit program that provides coverage for medical expenses and long-term care for people with medical needs and who meet certain financial criteria. It is ideal to perform preventative Medicaid Planning at least 5 years before the potential Medicaid applicant becomes ill and requires assistance. However, there are several techniques and strategies to help protect lifelong assets even if a person is unable to wait the 5 year “look back period”.

Although planning during a crisis is not optimal, by strategically acting when a crisis occurs, families can often be helped to preserve a large percentage of their assets despite not performing any prior planning. The rules surrounding Medicaid have become more restrictive and complex as pertains to eligibility requirements, look back periods, income caps and uncompensated transfer penalties.

Let our office help you and your family with Preventative Medicaid Planning or Crisis Planning to secure your legacy and prevent the devastating financial effects of long term care.

Estate Planning

No one likes to think about illness, disability or death, but they are unavoidable parts of growing old. You and your loved ones will be saved from trouble and grief by planning now for inevitable life events. Comprehensive Estate Planning includes protection and preservation of assets – and preservation of a person’s dignity. A comprehensive Estate Plan can have many components, however there a few basic essentials that every estate plan must include. Every Estate Plan must include Advance Directives which will allow you to select the person who will make important healthcare and financial decisions for you in the event that you are unable to do so for yourself due to incapacity. Your Advance Directive documents will include a Healthcare Proxy, Living Will and a Durable Power of Attorney.

In addition to the Advance Directives, every comprehensive Estate Plan should include a Last Will & Testament which will allow you to determine the beneficiaries of your estate and who your executor will be to administer your estate. It will also allow you to establish trusts for a loved one so that your assets are held for them in a protected way.

Probate and Estate Administration

Probate is the court process in which the terms of a decedent’s will are presented to the Surrogate’s Court for validation. If the Petition for probate is approved, Letters Testamentary are granted to the Executor, who will then be in charge of the administration of the decedent’s estate. The Executor will be responsible for distribution of assets, property and possessions after all debts are paid. In a probate proceeding, the Executor is responsible for:

  • Locating and making an inventory of all property and transferring it to the estate;
  • Paying outstanding bills and taxes;
  • Collecting debts owed to the estate;
  • Investing and managing assets during the probate proceeding; and
  • Distribution of property to beneficiaries at the end of the probate proceeding.

If an individual dies without a will, the court permits a family member or friend to submit a petition to serve as Administrator to distribute the decedent’s estate in accordance with the New York State intestacy laws. Both probate and estate administration proceedings are open to public viewing and can be very complex and time consuming, especially if there is litigation concerning contested issues.

Let our office help you and your family with your Probate or Estate Administration matter so that your loved one’s legacy and final wishes are properly effectuated.

Personal Injury & Accidents

Larry is a compassionate and caring attorney that is dedicated to helping accident victims secure compensation for any injuries that they may have suffered due to the negligence of another party. Serious and life-altering accidents are fairly common in our community, and we will provide the legal skill, experience and commitment necessary to receive full and fair compensation, and more importantly the help you need to get back to your normal life as soon as possible. If you, or a family member, have suffered a serious injury in an accident, please contact Larry immediately to discuss your case and get the dedicated legal help you need without delay. Our office has extensive experience with personal injury cases and specializes in litigating claims involving:

  • Construction Accidents
  • Car Accidents
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Workplace Injuries

Testimonials

Personally and professionally, I think Larry is phenomenal. What sets him apart from other bright and knowledgeable attorneys is that he is remarkably calm and kind. All lawyers know the law, but Larry goes further, understanding what is best for our businesses and our family. His strategic guidance continues to be invaluable to our success. I trust Larry and, without hesitation, I highly recommend him. – Barry S.

Larry Cohen is a smart, goal oriented attorney who recently handled a personal injury case for me stemming from an accident that took place out of the U.S. As a result of his consistent and resourceful efforts, which were vital for working with an international opposing legal team, Larry successfully negotiated a favorable settlement under the most challenging of circumstances.  I highly recommend Larry as a highly experienced lawyer, who has the skills, compassion and understanding to successfully represent individuals and families in any legal initiative. – Bryan L.

I retained Larry to represent me in a catastrophic personal injury case a few years ago.  The injury resulted from a defective product manufactured by a multinational company.  The case was a demanding one requiring razor sharp problem solving skills but also necessitated that Larry be a true advocate for me and the serious, life-changing injuries I sustained.  I am forever grateful to Larry and his dedication to my case, resulting in a successful settlement he negotiated on my behalf. – Justin