Judith D. Grimaldi

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Partner since 2008
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The most rewarding part of what we do is helping to honor the elder family member’s wishes, securing good care while keeping the family generously working together. 

Judith D. Grimaldi, is a partner in the pioneering elder law firm GRIMALDI & YEUNG LLP. 

Ms. Grimaldi’s perspective on the issues facing the mid-life individual is unique; it was shaped by more than a decade of field experience as a social worker.  In this capacity, Ms. Grimaldi served as Director of a local hospital’s Community Care Organization serving families facing chronic illness and an adjunct professor in Gerontology at Marymount Manhattan College.  In addition, she was a Community Relations and Family Coordinator at South Beach Psychiatric Center of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Each of these positions provided her with unique, first-hand encounters with the day-to-day impact of aging and disability on individuals and their families.

As an attorney for over 20 years, Ms. Grimaldi has represented the rights of the Aged and disabled.  She has special expertise on planning for the pre and post retirement years.  Her particular focus is on family caregivers and homecare.  Ms. Grimaldi is a Certified Elder Law Attorney.  She has been named one of “New York’s Women Leaders in the Law 2012”, by New York Magazine and after an extensive peer review and rating process, New York Magazine has named her one of New York’s “Best Lawyers” 2008 to 2015, and has also been named “Super Lawyer” 2009 to 2014. She is also Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability through Martindale-Hubbell, and is currently an adjunct professor of Brooklyn Law School.

Ms. Grimaldi is the Immediate Past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), New York Chapter, she is a member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), and a past member of CAP’s Steering Committee. She is past Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Legal Problems of the Aging Committee, Treasurer of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section, Co-Chair of the Health Issues Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section, Charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and active in the Senior Issue Committee of New York City’s Community Board 10, where she is currently working on developing a Bay Ridge Age Friendly Improvement District. Ms. Grimaldi has been AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has authored an upcoming book, “5@55”, a primer for essential legal tools for estate planning.

A 1993 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Grimaldi also holds an MSW from Hunter College of the City of New York (1982, with honors) and a BA from Marymount Manhattan College with a certificate in Gerontology (1980, summa cum laude).   

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Special Needs Planning

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Federal Courts

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D.
  • MSW (with honors), Hunter College of the City University of New York, School of Social Work
  • Marymount Manhattan College, New York City
    • B.A. summa cum laude

Published Works

  • Affordable Care Act 2014 Implementation: What It Means for the Elder Law Practice, NAELA News, December, 2013/January, 2014
  • The Class Act – Community Living Assistance Services Supports Act—A Long Term Care Option in the Health Care Legislation, NYSBA Newsletter, Spring, 2011
  • Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Long-Term Planning and Nursing Home Protection – Authored Chapter: Effective Strategies for Client Long-Term Care, Aspatore Publishers, a Thomson Reuters business, March, 2011
  • Legal Capacity Counseling, NAELA Advanced Elder Law Review, January, 2011
  • Updates on Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Recipients, NAELA News, Winter, 2011
  • Overview of Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Recipients, NYSBA, Fall, 2010
  • “New York State Advanced Directives: Policy, Updates and Practice” – co-written with Pauline Yeung-Ha, Esq. for the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section Fall Meeting, October 2009
  • Updates in Elder Law – Medicare Updates, New York City Bar Association, CLE, June 2009
  • MOLST: New York State’s Medical Orders to Honor the Wishes of a Seriously Ill Patient, NYSBA’s Elder Law Section’s Health Issues Committee, January 2009
  • “New Power of Attorney Law”, Alzheimer’s Association, New York Chapter Newsletter, Spring 2009
  • “Personal Care Contract Options”, New York City Bar Association, January 2008
  • “Staying at Home Options Other than Medicaid,” New York State Bar Association Advanced Elder Law Seminar, Spring 2001
  • Columnist, New York Newsday
  • Panelist, Bill Moyers’ on End of Life Issues

Classes/Seminars

  • Veteran's Benefits Training Chair, New York National Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), 2012
  • "Staying at Home Options Other than Medicaid", New York State Bar Association Advanced Elder Law Seminar, 2001
  • Updates in Elder Law — Medicare, Medicaid and Homecare Updates, New York City Bar Association, CLE, 2009 - 2011
  • MOLST: New York State's Medical Orders to Honor the Wishes of a Seriously Ill Patient, NYSBA's Elder Law Section's Health Issues Committee, 2009
  • Panelist, Bill Moyers — on End of Life Issues

Honors and Awards

  • Peer-Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Best Lawyers” Recognition, New York Magazine
  • “Super Lawyer” Recognition, New York Times
  • New York NAELA Chapter Member of the Year 2014
  • “New York’s Women Leaders in the Law 2012
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Council of Advanced Practitioners in Elder Law, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2013 World Recipient Award presented by the Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn (SUN-B)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter (NAELA), Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter (NAELA), Immediate Past President
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter (NAELA), Member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP)
  • Charter Member, Academy of Special Needs Attorneys
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Treasurer of Elder Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Co-Chair of Health Issues Committee of the Elder Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Member: Elder Law Section, Trusts and Estates Section, Health Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Seminar Chair, Annual Meeting of the Elder Law Section & Basic Elder Law Training (2008)
  • New York State Bar Association, Coordinator of Elder Law Section & Basic Elder Law Seminar (2009)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Past Chair of the Legal Problems of the Aging Committee
  • Brooklyn Bar Association, Member
  • Bay Ridge Lawyers’ Association, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • New York Memory Center
  • City of New York, Community Board #10 of Brooklyn
  • FRIA (Friends and Relatives of the Institutionalized Aged) (Past)
  • Park Slope Geriatric Day Center (Past)
  • Member of Metropolitan Jewish Hospice (Past)
  • President of Alliance of Bay Ridge Block Associations (Past)
  • Chair of Bay Ridge Interagency Council on Aging (Past)