New York Guardianship and Estate Lawyers

Long Island attorneys dedicated to protecting your loved ones

When a loved one has lost the ability to care for themselves, guardians are often appointed by the court to protect that person’s best interests.  When a guardian is appointed, they are entrusted with caring for their “ward.” Often, this includes making sure that their wards are eating properly, maintaining proper hygiene and are living in relative comfort. However, guardians are also tasked with making critical life decisions that their ward is no longer competent to make themselves, such as managing their money and consenting to medical operations.

For these reasons, choosing a guardian is often a difficult and extremely important decision for families to make. The experienced New York guardianship attorneys at Saltzman Chetkof & Rosenberg LLP help families determine whether guardianship is the best option for your loved one.  Our lawyers also represent individuals in competency hearings who are opposing the appointment of a guardian to manage their affairs.  Our attorneys are dedicated to providing compassionate and competent legal advice throughout the guardianship process, and are always available to answer your questions.

Guiding clients through the guardianship and estate process

Our firm assists individuals and families throughout Long Island and the New York City metropolitan area with all guardianship-related matters, including:

  • Filing petitions for guardianship
  • Representation at hearings to determine competence
  • Assistance for clients named as guardians by the court
  • Setting up trusts for adult wards and minors to manage their finances
  • Developing plans for the ward’s care and protection
  • Annual reporting and accounting of assets and expenses
  • Discharge of guardians at the end of the case

However, what truly sets our firm apart is the depth of experience that our attorneys have in this area of law. In addition to representing families and wards in court, attorney Michael Chetkof is also a Certified Court Evaluator and Court Examiner in guardianship proceedings for the Appellate Division, Second Department.  These experiences have allowed Mr. Chetkof to see guardianship cases from every angle, giving him unique insight into what arguments to use at trial and what arrangements work best for the ward in questions.  He uses this knowledge to provide powerful and effective representation for his clients in court.

Our expertise also extends to providing for the future of your family by discussing your financial and medical needs both in the present and going forward. We can assist individuals and their families in these matters by preparing wills, trusts, living wills, health care proxies, and powers of attorney that suit the given circumstances, needs and desires.

Giving your loved ones the protection they need

If you have any questions regarding the guardianship or estate process, contact the firm by telephone at 516.873.7200 or online to schedule an initial consultation.