Distinguished New York City Attorney Helping You with Your Legal Needs
Providing quality legal services throughout the New York Metropolitan Area
The Law Office of Robert Kruger handles all types of elder law and related matters,with particular emphasis on guardianships for incapacitated persons young and old, wills, trusts and estate planning. Principal attorney Robert Kruger has more than 35 years of focused experience helping families throughout the New York City metropolitan area in these fields. He has created guardianships for elderly incapacitated people and for disabled children and young adults and has been appointed guardian or co-guardian, and trustee, in many such cases. He has fought against elder abuse and financial exploitation of the elderly and disabled.
For his professional standards of conduct, ethics, quality of service and reliability, Robert has a well-earned reputation among his peers. He is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, derived through confidential assessments by practicing peers and judges.
Helping families plan for long-term needsthrough elder law, estate planning and guardianships
Elder law means many things, not one. People age on a continuum, and as their needs change, the legal focus changes. Moreover, the agendas of seniors’ families vary considerably. For example, not everyone is interested in Medicaid planning. While few people volunteer to make donations to the government, Medicaid is primarily a middle class issue, albeit affecting a very large middle class. The wealthy can often self-finance but are more vulnerable to adverse tax consequences than the middle class. Those whose assets and income are modest also do not necessarily benefit from Medicaid planning.
Some families are separated by distances and even continents. As the senior ages and declines, the younger generation may not be on the scene and, therefore, not aware of the parent’s decline. The task of managing and aging parent cross-country can prove overwhelming. These situations often trigger a crisis, such as a fire in the kitchen or a large, unexplained withdrawal of funds.
In order to protect a senior from himself or herself, guardianship will usually stop an exploiter in his or her tracks. A power of attorney does not keep the person who signed it (the “principal”) from giving an exploiter access to assets. The cost of a guardianship is small compared to the cost of financial exploitation; guardianship can act as an insurance policy to protect the assets.
Eventually the focus shifts to problems of estates, wills and trusts. If the family was in conflict during the senior’s lifetime, the conflict continues in a different forum. A deathbed will may have been prepared on the instructions of a “friend” or relative and executed by a senior who was subjected to undue influence, generating a will contest.
Much of the time, an estate may simply need to be administered, funds distributed, bills and estate taxes (if any) paid. When this is complete, the process has come to an end.
Giving you the care and personal attention you need
At The Law Office of Robert Kruger, the only attorney assigned to your matter is Mr. Kruger, there are no junior attorneys in his office. One reason for his AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell is Mr. Kruger’s contextual approach….is is easier to represent a client well if he understand what motivates the client, as well as the family dynamic. Many lawyers know the law; far fewer know their clients.
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The firm welcomes inquiries from people who have concerns in any of these areas. Call Robert Kruger at 212-732-5556 or contact us online to schedule your appointment.