Fern J. Finkel

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Brooklyn, NY

Finkel & Fernandez, LLP
 | 16 Court Street, Suite 1007
Brooklyn, NY 11241
Phone: 347-296-8200
Fax: 718-965-3185
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (50%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (50%)
Attorney Profile

Fern J. Finkel is a partner at Finkel & Fernandez, LLP, in Brooklyn, New York. Ms. Finkel devotes her practice to elder law and special needs, guardianships, estate planning, asset protection, advance directives, supplemental needs trusts, and Medicaid planning, representing a wide range of clients throughout the New York metropolitan area.

Ms. Finkel graduated with honors from New York University College of Business and Public Administration, with a degree in Economics, and earned her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. She has been admitted to practice law since 1985.  Ms. Finkel has focused her practice in Elder Law and Guardianships since 1997. 

Ms. Finkel offers a wide variety of services and practical planning instruments for the protection of older adults, persons with disabilities and their loved ones.  She works closely with clients and their families to plan for future financial and personal safety through estate and asset protection planning, special needs trusts, Medicaid and benefits planning, and advance directives including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living wills and other planning instruments. She represents clients and their families in Article 81 guardianship proceedings, and is frequently appointed by the Courts as Court Evaluator and as Counsel to the Alleged Incapacitated Person.  She has served as a Guardian by Court appointment or upon personal nomination for the last two decades. 

Ms. Finkel offers her counsel on long term care placement, benefits planning, financial options, and legal issues facing the elderly and disabled, with an eye towards maximizing her clients' independence and ability to remain at home.  She takes pride in her commitment to compassionate listening and to protecting vulnerable seniors and disabled persons.  In 2015, Ms. Finkel partnered with Julie Stoil Fernandez, forming Finkel & Fernandez, LLP, bringing decades of experience in elder law, estate planning and special needs planning and advocacy to their clients.  

Ms. Finkel serves as the Treasurer of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Chair of the Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Law Committee, Vice Chair of the Brooklyn Bar Association Elder Law Committee, Secretary of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, an Executive Board Member of Legal Services New York City, Co-Facilitator of the Working Model of Guardianship- WINGS [Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders], a Founder of the Touro Center Aging and Longevity Institute Guardianship Certificate Program, and a Special Master of the Appellate Division Second Department Mandatory Civil Appeals Mediation Program. 

Ms. Finkel served for years as a volunteer certified mediator with Safe Horizons for community disputes, PINS cases and custody matters, as well as with the United States District Court, Eastern District.  She regularly lectures for various bar associations, CLE providers and community groups on topics including the Role of the Guardian, Role of the Court Evaluator, Role of the Attorney for the AIP, Advance Directives, Medicaid and Asset Protection, Supplemental Needs Trusts and Guardianships.  Since 2004, Ms. Finkel has been a mentor attorney at the Elder Law Clinic at New York Law School.  She has served on the Committees on Character and Fitness for the Second Judicial Department since 2008. 

Ms. Finkel has won numerous awards for her recognized pro bono service including: the 2013 Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Building Bridges Award, the 2013 Brooklyn Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, the 2009 Brooklyn Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, the 2004 Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Hanna S. Cohn Pro Bono Award, the 2003 New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for the Second Judicial District, the 1999 Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Pro Bono Award, the 1996 Brooklyn Bar Association Frieda S. Nisnewitz Award for Pro Bono Service, and an Award of Merit from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1997.   She has been listed as a New York Super Lawyer in the field of Elder Law in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

 
Practice Areas

Elder Law (50%)
Estate Planning & Probate (50%)

Elder Law (50%)

Estate Planning & Probate (50%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts, Wills

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 6 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2019

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About Fern Finkel

Admitted: 1985, New York

Professional Webpage: http://www.ffelderlaw.com

Honors/Awards:

  • Recognized as New York Super Lawyer in the field of Elder Law, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Building Bridges Award, 2013
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, 2013
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, 2009
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Hanna S. Cohn Pro Bono Award, 2004
  • New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for the Second Judicial District, 2003
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Award of Merit, 1997
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Frieda S. Nisnewitz Award for Pro Bono Service, 1996

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section: Treasurer-Elect; Co-Chair of Guardianship Committee
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), New York Chapter: Secretary
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Law Committee: Chair
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Elder Law Committee: Vice Chair
  • Touro Center Aging and Longevity Institute Guardianship Quality Initiative: Co-Founder
  • Legal Services New York City (LSNYC): Executive Board Member and Board of Directors Member
  • WINGS (Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders): Co-Facilitator, Working Model of Guardianship
  • Committees on Character and Fitness, Second Judicial Department: Member
  • Appellate Division Second Department Mandatory Civil Appeals Mediation Program: Special Master

Educational Background:

  • New York University College of Business and Public Administration, Bachelor of Science in Economics, 1981
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Office Location for Fern J. Finkel

16 Court Street
Suite 1007
Brooklyn, NY 11241

Phone: 347-296-8200

Fax: 718-965-3185

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Last Updated: 6/10/2019

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