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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 - 2021
Licensed in New York 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 emphasis on maximizing her clients' independence and ability to remain at home.  She takes pride in her commitment to compassionate listening and protecting vulnerable seniors and disabled persons.  In 2015, Ms. Finkel partnered with Julie Stoil Fernandez, forming Finkel & Fernandez, LLP, bringing together their decades of experience in elder law, estate planning, special needs planning and advocacy.  

Ms. Finkel serves as the Secretary 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, Vice President of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 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, Guardianships, and most recently, on Planning During the Pandemic.  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 selected to the New York Super Lawyers list in the field of Elder Law in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Elder Law
  • 50%Estate Planning & Probate
Focus Areas

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

Selections

8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

About Fern J. Finkel

First Admitted: 1985, New York

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

Honors/Awards

  • Selected to New York Super Lawyers in the field of Elder Law, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Selection to New York Super Lawyers in Elder Law: 2014 through 2019, Super Lawyers
  • Selection as a "Champions of Justice: Women in Leadership in Law and Administration of Justice" honoree , Champions of Justice: Women in Leadership in Law and Administration of Justice, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2019
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Building Bridges Award, Recipient of Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project Building Bridges Award, Brooklyn Bar Association, 2013
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, 2013, Recipient of Brooklyn Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, Brooklyn Bar Association, 2013
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, 2009, Recipient of Brooklyn Bar Association Distinguished Service Award, Brooklyn Bar Association, 2009
  • Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Hanna S. Cohn Pro Bono Award, 2004, Recipient of Women's Bar Association of the State of New York Hanna S. Cohn Pro Bono Award, Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, 2004
  • New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for the Second Judicial District, 2003, Recipient of New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for the Second Judicial District, New York State Bar Association, 2003
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Award of Merit, 1997, Recipient of National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Award of Merit, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, 1997
  • Brooklyn Bar Association Frieda S. Nisnewitz Award for Pro Bono Service, Recipient of Brooklyn Bar Association Frieda S. Nisnewitz Award for Pro Bono Service, Brooklyn Bar Association, 1996

Bar/Professional Activity

  • New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section: Treasurer  
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), New York Chapter: Vice President
  • 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

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Selection as a "Champions of Justice: Women in Leadership in Law and Administration of Justice" honoree by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 2019
  • Recipient of the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Building Bridges Award, 2013
  • Recipient of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York Hanna S. Cohn Pro Bono Award, 2004
  • Recipient of New York State Bar Association Pro Bono Award for the Second Judicial District, 2003
  • Recipient of Brooklyn Bar Association Frieda S. Nisnewitz Award for Pro Bono Service, 1996
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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

Last Updated: 3/17/2021

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