Julie M. Stoil Fernandez

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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: 2019 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1993
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (80%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%)
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    Julie Stoil Fernandez has dedicated her entire professional life to advocating on behalf of people with mental illness and other special needs that cause functional impairments to help provide financial, social and residential tools to reach the highest potentials of autonomy. She has also worked tirelessly on behalf of caregivers, to afford them the legal protections to better care for persons with limited capacity.

    Ms. Stoil Fernandez started her career as a counselor, and later became a director, of a state-run emergency overflow shelter for 500 men in Boston, Massachusetts. She later attended Northeastern University School of Law and interned with the Mental Health Legal Action Center in Boston, Massachusetts and Legal Action Center for the Homeless (now known as the Urban Justice Center), in New York City, representing children in psychiatric facilities and homeless adults in their applications for and hearings regarding their public benefits.

    In her first position as an attorney, Ms. Stoil Fernandez worked for Mental Hygiene Legal Service, First Judicial department for seven years, representing psychiatric patients in hearings on their involuntary retention in hospitals, treatment over objection and discharge planning. She also represented insanity acquittees in conditional release hearings against various county District Attorneys' offices and The New York State Attorney General's Office.

    Ms. Stoil Fernandez started her own practice in 2000, which combined elder law - advance directives, special needs planning, and Medicaid eligibility work with representation of petitioners in guardianship proceedings, and the subjects of guardianship proceedings by Court appointment. She has also represented hospitals and respondent patients in Assisted Outpatient Treatment (MHL 9.60) hearings, Mental Hygiene Warrants and inpatient medical and psychiatric treatment-over-objection proceedings.

    In addition to providing representation, Ms. Stoil Fernandez has served as a Court Appointed Guardian and Special Needs Trustee herself for more than 30 individuals –addressing all of their personal needs and property management to maximize their autonomy in the community and to represent and enforce their wishes for the rest of their lives. She is also  frequently appointed as a Court Evaluator in guardianship proceedings in all counties of New York City, reporting to the Courts on the conditions and circumstances of respondents in guardianship proceedings and recommending resources and powers that a Guardian would require to protect their ward, while maintaining the person’s individuality and freedom.

    In 2015, Ms. Stoil Fernandez partnered with Fern J. Finkel, a prominent elder law attorney also in solo practice in Brooklyn, to form Finkel & Fernandez, LLP, an all-services elder law and special needs practice combined with mental health litigation and advocacy.

    Ms. Stoil Fernandez' experience with mental health issues and consumer rights, and her knowledge of the responsibilities of fiduciaries, uniquely qualifies her to work with the family members of mentally ill individuals as well as families of persons with functional limitations as a result of injury, accident or developmental disabilities, to balance rights and protections and to plan the futures of individuals who may outlive their caregivers.

    She regularly speaks at senior centers and support groups in Brooklyn to better inform families and mature adults of their rights and responsibilities to maintain their autonomy and to age in place. She is also a speaker at bar associations and home care agencies on issues related to mental health advocacy and elder abuse. Closely related to Ms. Stoil Fernandez' work to educate groups, Finkel & Fernandez, LLP also serves as a mentor practice to elder law clinic students at New York Law School, Brooklyn Law School and Touro Law School.

    Ms. Stoil Fernandez is certified and trained in family, divorce and elder law mediation, and while she is a fierce and zealous advocate for clients in Court, she also is skilled at finding amicable solutions between parties to reduce the expense and length of litigation, when possible and warranted.

    Ms. Stoil Fernandez is the Co-Chair of the Mental Health Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law and Special Needs Section. She is the former Co-Chair of the Elder Abuse Committee and is additionally a member of the Brooklyn Women's Bar Association, the Brooklyn Bar Association, where she is a member of the Banking Committee, member of the New York Law Foundation and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).  She has been practicing law since 1993.


    Practice Areas
    • 80%Elder Law
    • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

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


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    About Julie Stoil Fernandez

    Admitted: 1993, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://www.ffelderlaw.com/julie-stoil-fernandez-esq

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Family and Divorce Mediation, 2000
    • Elder Law Mediation, 2014

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Co-Chair Mental Health Committee - NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section, 2019
    • Co-Chair Elder Abuse Committee - NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section, 2018
    • Member, Brooklyn Women’s Bar Association
    • Member, Brooklyn Bar Association
    • Co-Chair of Mental Health Committee  - NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section, 2012
    • Member, New York City Bar Association
    • Member, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
    • Co-Vice-Chair Elder Abuse Committee- NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section, 2014
    • Co-Chair Elder Abuse Committee, NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section, 2016
    • Co-Vice Chair Mental Health Committee NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Section, 2010

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Brooklyn Bar Association - Legal Education and Assistance Program "LEAP" Volunteer Lawyers' Project. Visit and speak at senior centers throughout Brooklyn, facilitate Health Care Proxy executions., 2015

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Lectured on "Advance Directives" during the "Basics of Elder Law" CLE Program, given by the New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section, December 1, 2015, Presenter, Advance Directives, New York State Bar Association, 2015
    • Training to home care attendants in spotting elder abuse, reporting requirments and addressing trauma., Panelist/Presenter, Elder Abuse Training for Home Care Providers, Renewal Care Partners Home Care Agency, 2016
    • CLE Course on specifics of Guardianship Litigation, Panelist/Presenter, Dos and Don'ts of Article 81 Guardianship Proceedings, Brooklyn Bar Association, 2018
    • An overview of Article 81 Guardianships from the filing of the petition throug the conclusion of the initial hearing. , Panelist/Presenter, Guardianship to Go - CLE presentation, The Bronx Women's Bar Assocation, Bronx County Bar Association and Dominican Bar Association, Prospective Applicants And Appointees From The Judiciary Rules Part 36 List, 2019
    • Mentor Attorney, New York Law School Elder Law Clinic
    • Gave live presentation with Fern Finkel on Guardianship in New York for Lawline, a national CLE provider., Speaker, Guardianship in New York, Lawline, 2017
    • Presented with Fern Finkel on the Selection and Responsibilities of Court Evaluator at CLE on "Intermediate Elder Law" given by New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Fall 2017., Presenter, Selection and Responsibilities of Court Evaluator, New York State Bar Association, 2017
    • Presented on Post-Guardianship Remedies and Proceedings during the New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section Fall Meeting, October 2017., Speaker, Post-Guardianship Remedies and Proceedings, New York State Bar Association, 2017
    • Presented at the Brooklyn Bar Association with Robin Goeman on "Interim Motions in Guardianship", June 2017., Presenter, Interim Motions in Guardianship, Brooklyn Bar Association, 2017

    Educational Background:

    • Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, Bachelor of Arts degree, 1985
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    16 Court Street
    Suite 1007
    Brooklyn, NY 11241

    Phone: 347-296-8200

    Fax: 718-965-3185

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