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Pauline Yeung-Ha

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Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Brooklyn, NY

Grimaldi & Yeung LLP
9201 Fourth Avenue, 6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Phone: 718-238-6960
Fax: 718-238-3091
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2014
Licensed in New York Since: 2000
Practice Areas: Elder Law (60%), Estate Planning & Probate (40%)
Languages Spoken: Chinese-Cantonese, English, Chinese-Mandarin
Attorney Profile

Pauline Yeung-Ha is a Partner in the law firm of Grimaldi & Yeung LLP

Ms. Yeung-Ha concentrates in the practice areas of Trusts, Wills and Estates, Elder Law as well as Special Needs Planning.  She received her undergraduate degree from Vassar College and her law degree from St. John’s University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in both New York and New Jersey.

 In addition to her practice, Ms. Yeung-Ha holds the following professional positions:

  • Member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter, National Academy    of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bar Association
  • Vice-Chair of the Practice Management Committee of the Elder Law Section of NYSBA
  • Member of the Estate Planning Committee of the Trusts & Estates Law Section of NYSBA
  • Secretary on the Board of Directors of CaringKind (formerly Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter)
  • Chair Emeritus of the Pro Bono Clinic of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY) – named Committee of the Year for 2016 and Program of the Year for 2017 and awarded New York State Bar Association’s Bar Leaders Innovation Award for 2020

Recognitions:

  • Honoree, St. John’s University School of Law Chapter of the Asian-Pacific American Law Student’s Association (APALSA), 2018
  • “Super Lawyer” 2015 to 2021
  • “Best Lawyer” 2012 to 2021
  • Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction, 2017
  • Honoree, General Human Outreach in the Community, Inc., 2017
  • Honoree, Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc., Brooklyn Branch for service and dedication to the Brooklyn Chinese community, 2015
  • New York’s Women Leaders in the Law, 2012
  • Super Lawyer’s “Rising Star” 2011 to 2014
  • NAPABA’s “Best Lawyer Under 40”, 2011
  • Citation awarded by former Assemblywoman (now Congresswoman) Grace Meng, 2010

Ms. Yeung-Ha is active in serving the community as well.  Aside from conducting presentations in English, she also gives seminars in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese. Ms. Yeung-Ha was key speaker for Assemblywoman Grace Meng’s Senior Law & Financial Planning Workshop. 

 

About Pauline Yeung-Ha

First Admitted: 1999, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: http://gylawny.com/your-attorneys/pauline-yeung-ha/

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Vice-Chair of the Practice Management Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Secretary on the Board of Directors of CaringKind (formerly Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter)
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter, National Academy    of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Brooklyn Bar Association  
  • Chair Emeritus of the Pro Bono Clinic of the Asian American Bar Association of New York (AABANY)
  • Past Vice-Chair of the Diversity Committee and Co-Chair of the Estates, Trusts and Tax Issues Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Member of the Estate Planning Committee of the Trusts & Estates Law Section of New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)
  • Member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA)    
  • Appointed to serve as the Co-Chair of the Small Practice and Solo Firm Committee of the Asian Bar Association of New York, 2011

Newsletters

  • Estate Planning: Retirement Plannnig with a Focus on Care
  • Special Plan for Special Needs Planning

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Conducts quarter-annual pro bono clinics; Presents seminars in English, Cantonese and Mandarin at many senior centers and private and non-profit organizations in New York City. Developed relations with the local Asian community organizations and began educating them on the importance of Advance Directives (Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, and Living Will)

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Together with other members, formed the Chinese American Alzheimer’s Coalition (CAAC) to raise awareness and promote education on Alzheimer’s disease in the Chinese community.  The term Alzheimer’s has a negative connotation, in which the literal translation means “crazy” illness.  Having Alzheimer’s disease is an embarrassment to the family, and thus, families generally deny that there is such an illness and refuse to accept treatment for the Alzheimer’s patient.  Pauline assisted with the legal formation of the Coalition, set up the non-profit status as a 401(c)(3) organization, provides legal advice, and drafts By-Laws.  She is currently a board member of the Chinese American Alzheimer’s Coalition. Has been invited to speak at New York City Department for the Aging for its 20th Mayoral Conference, and panel speaker at the NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) May 2005 Annual Conference in San Francisco, California.  She has appeared in television as a guest for Oxford Health Plans to discuss on Elder Law issues in the Chinese community, (aired on October 12, 2006 in NYCTV) and was interviewed by New Tang Dynasty Television (aired on June 27, 2008).  In addition to the above, the following is a list of organizations which Pauline had been invited to speak on Estate Planning and Elder Law issues: Alzheimer’s Association – New York City Chapter Asian American Bar Association of New York Asian American For Equality Assembly Woman Grace Meng’s office Brooklyn Chinese-American Association Chinese-American Planning Council Chinese Radio Station AM1480 Councilman Vincent J. Gentile’s office Jassi (Japanese organization) National Association of Asian American Professionals New York Coalition for Asian American Mental Health The New York City Department for the Aging, including:      18th Annual Mayoral Conference at the Brooklyn Marriott Hotel (2002) In January 2011, served as the Co-Chair of NYSBA's Elder Law Section’s 2011 Annual Meeting which is the Section’s largest meeting with over 400 attorneys attending each year.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Articles Published/Quoted: “How to Administer Estate” - for the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association (to be published in October 2011) “Full Wallets, but Using Health Program for Poor” by Anemona Hartocollis – (Quoted) The New York Times (December 2010) “New York State Advanced Directives:  Policy, Updates and Practice” – cowritten with Judith D. Grimaldi, Esq. for the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section Fall Meeting (October 2009) “Developing the Practice Itself:  Challenges and Solutions” – for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc., (NAELA) 2005 NAELA Symposium in San Francisco (May 2005)  “Insurance to Fund All or Part of Long-Term Care Costs,” “Ethical Considerations in Representing Elderly Clients,” and “Long-Term Care Facilities – Costs of Care and Funding Sources” – contributed Chapters V – VII of Elder Care in New York:  Legal and Financial Issues, publisher National Business Institute (February 2004) “Estate Recovery of Medicaid Benefits” – contributed Chapter III of Understanding Medicaid and New York Estate Recovery, for the National Business Institute (December 2003)  “What to do if a Will is Lost” – New York Newsday, Ask the Expert Column (October 4, 2003)   CLE Courses Presented: "Breaking It Down: The True Nuts & Bolts of Estate Planning & Administration" - for the New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section (to be presented on October 19, 2011) “Setting Up Shop:  The Nuts and Bolts of Solo and Small Firm Practice” and “Journey of the Women Lawyer – Entrepreneur” – for the Asian Bar Association of New York, 2nd Annual Conference - September 17, 2011 “Estate Tax Updates: Impact on Domestic and International Planning.” – for the Asian American Bar Association of New York - April 6, 2011 “Planning With the Power of Attorney: With a Focus on Medicaid and Estate Tax Planning” – for the Asian American Bar Association of New York - May 12, 2010 “Basic Medicaid Eligibility Rules” – for the New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section - May 15, 2009 “Healthcare Proxies, Living Wills, DNRs and MOLST” – for the New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section - October 29, 2009 “Developing Communications Skills and Relationships with Diverse Clients” – for the National Acadmeny of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) - May 19, 2005 “Elder Care in New York: Legal and Financial Issues” – for the National Business Institute - February 25, 2004 “Understanding Medicaid and New York Estate Recovery” – for the National Business Institute - December 11, 2003

Educational Background

  • Vassar College  , 1996
  • St. John’s University School of Law , 1999

Honors/Awards

  • Voted Super Lawyer 2015 to 2021, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2021
  • Voted Best Lawyer by New York Magazine 2012 to 2021, Best Lawyer, New York Magazine, 2021
  • Honoree, St. John’s University School of Law Chapter of the Asian-Pacific American Law Student’s Association (APALSA), Honoree, St. John's University School of Law Chapter of the Asian-Pacific American Law Student's Association (APALSA), 2018
  • , Honoree, General Human Outreach in the Community, Inc., 2017
  • Brooklyn's Women of Distinction Award, Women of Distinction, Brooklyn's Women of Distinction, 2017
  • For service and dedication to the Brooklyn Chinese community, Honoree, Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc., Brooklyn Branch, 2015
  • Voted Super Lawyer Rising Star from 2011 to 2014 , Super Lawyer Rising Star, Super Lawyer, 2014
  • , Woman Leader in the Law, New York's Women Leaders in the Law, 2012
  • Best Lawyer Under 40, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association, 2011
  • Citation awarded by former Assemblywoman (now Congresswoman) Grace Meng, Citation, Assemblywoman (now Congresswoman) Grace Meng, 2010
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Office Location for Pauline Yeung-Ha

9201 Fourth Avenue
6th Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Last Updated: 6/4/2021

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