Throughout New York City, clients turn to the experienced lawyers of Grimaldi and Yeung LLP. We are a full service Elder Law firm, who helps clients maximize their options in planning for the pre-and post-retirement years. With over thirty years of experience, our peer-recognized attorneys provide the legal insight clients can depend on when considering their options for the future.
Years of experience and a culturally diverse office with staff conversant in a variety of languages, including Cantonese, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Italian, are just two components of the firm’s commitment to compassionate legal service. We know our clients are facing some of the most stressful decisions of their lives and we always place our legal guidance in the larger context of client’s needs and family dynamics. We make sure our clients feel comfortable working with us to freely discuss their most cherished hopes and needs.
The attorneys at Grimaldi and Yeung LLP have advised clients regarding their most important life issues, including:
If you are single, then you are in good company. According to the most recent U.S. Census, more than half of all adult Americans are single, too. Whether you just turned 18 or are 118 one thing you share with your married counterparts is the need for essential estate planning.
Even if you do not have two dimes to rub together, you are your estate. Did you know the law requires every adult American to make his or her own personal, financial and health care decisions? Who would make your basic decisions if you are legally incapacitated due to a serious injury or illness?Read More
With each marriage come new rights and new responsibilities. If you already have an estate plan created when you were single, then you must bring your estate plan up-to-code to reflect your wedding vows.
Unfortunately, many married couples mistakenly believe that they can make personal, health care and financial decisions for one another should either spouse become legally incapacitated due to a serious injury or illness. Nothing could be further from reality!Read More
Are you the parent of minor children? If yes, then they are your most valuable treasure. So, what arrangements have you made for their care should something happen to you and their other parent?
As with your own personal, health care and financial decisions, would you rather select the guardians (i.e., back-up parents) yourself, or let a probate judge make the selection without your input? Only through proper legal planning can you select the guardians.Read More
Times have changed. In the new millennium, whether due to the death of a spouse or through divorce, blended families now outnumber traditional nuclear families. And the number is likely to grow, based on current statistics and trends.
Many blended families face unique social, psychological and economic challenges. As a result, over 60% of second marriages end in divorce. Fortunately, there are numerous organizations and support groups dedicated to helping blended families with these challenges.Read More
Are you between age 40 and 55? If yes, then congratulations. Research has shown that you are in your peak earning years. And that is a very good thing.
Chances are good that you have some expensive life events going on right now, unlike when you were among the Married Couples without children.Read More
Just a moment ago you were in the thick of your busy, busy Peak Earning Years. Now, you can see a new adventure is rapidly approaching your front windshield. What is it?
Are you getting ready?
Chances are good that your children have left the nest. Perhaps you are assisting your aging parents with their personal, health care and financial responsibilities.Read More
Whether due to divorce or death, you are now Single Again.
You may have children and even grandchildren. In any event, you need to create (or revisit) your estate plan.
Did you know the law requires every adult American to make his or her own personal, financial and health care decisions? Now that you are single again, who would make your basic decisions if you are legally incapacitated due to a serious injury or illness?Read More
You have arrived. Just a moment ago you were Nearing Retirement. When did you get to this place in life so quickly? Yikes, what do you need to do right now in preparation for that day?
This is often an exciting, yet bittersweet time of life.Read More
“ Thank you very, very much for the home visit today and being so patient and understanding with Mom. Melissa and I truly appreciate your willingness to work with us. I have already told everyone who has asked me that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you and your firm. Once again, my heartfelt thanks for everything. ”
“ Thank you so much for all of your help. I knew I was in good hands with everyone there. Thank you so much for your patience as well. I know I had a million questions and emails. Everyone there is lovely in so many ways and I am grateful I picked the right firm. ”
“ On the advice of financial consultants we have been working with for years, we asked Grimaldi and Yeung to assist on the setting up of a Trust Fund in New York for our disabled son. This involved getting access to funds that had previously been administered by a state court. This involved considerable complications, as while we are US citizens, we are located in London and our son could not travel to the US to make court appearances. Grimaldi and Yeung did an exceptional job both representing us and keeping us informed at every stage of the process. We had as much access as we needed, both to the excellent junior staff and also to one of the principals of the firm, Judith Grimaldi. The firm set up a Skype interview with a court appointed assessor so he could to determine, to the judge’s satisfaction, that our son was not able to represent himself and made many other interventions with the court to facilitate and expedite the process. It terminated in a result that was completely to our satisfaction. Besides achieving the desired result, the firm gave lots of helpful advice to ensure the trust was set up in a way that will facilitate its use to our son’s maximal advantage. This firm provides an excellent service with a staff who are fully engaged, fully professional, and, in fact, are downright friendly. ”
“ I had worked for the City of New York for 25 years and was ready for retirement but frankly knew little or nothing about pension and social security benefits and how to maximize their value or how to invest my modest savings and annuities. Now I had known Ms. Seminara for many years through various community service activities we had participated in and so I personally trusted her; without question I wanted her to be my legal consultant as I phased into my separation from civil service. Ms. Seminara was deliberate, thorough and thoughtful as we reviewed my various assets and subsequent strategies on how to best utilize them as well as creating my first will and testament. What was most helpful was how our meeting left me feeling confident in my future plans and, even more important, how my heirs are now finally included in them. Today Ms. Seminara is there to offer advice and suggestions whenever I need clarification or guidance on matters that impact my financial well-being, all done with a generous dose of humanity and good-will. ”
“ Ms. Grimaldi and her team, especially Naomi Levin, offered me so much wise guidance and warm support as I worked to set up Medicaid for my ex-husband and to provide for his care once he was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's. As his condition deteriorated, they always found time to respond with a phone call or an email, even during off-hours or weekends. They were remarkable advocates and they made a profound difference during very difficult days. I am so grateful to them. ”
“ You gave so much information in such a clear, warm way, explaining these complex and often anxiety-producing legal and financial decisions. It was a wonderful introduction and guide to what needs to be considered and worked out in a legal form, and I had the feeling that many people came away with new confidence for getting the plans set up. ”
“ Both Peter and Michael would like to thank you once again for your professionalism. You have shown us that your firm does care about their clients. Thank you for everything. You were clear and fair and thorough. It was a very good experience. ”
“ Joanne Seminara and her assistant handled legal issues relevant to the passing of our mom. Throughout the process, Joanne displayed a working knowledge of the law as well as an informed view of the expectations and requirements needed to fully represent the estate and home sale. Her services were always well-organized and efficient. The quality of her legal advice and actions on behalf of the estate demonstrated competence, proficiency and a degree of experience that was much appreciated. We both respect and commend Joanne Seminara for her professionalism and her legal representation. ”
“ Dear Ms. Seminara,
On behalf of my mother and myself, I would like to thank you for your kindness, thoughtfulness and professionalism in helping and guiding us in the preparation of the legal documents for her. I especially appreciated all of your patience and how you listened which was so very important to her. Again, thank you. ”