Kim M. Smith

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Melville, NY

Kim Smith Law Group, PLLC
 | 201 Old Country Rd, Suite 110
Melville, NY 11747
Phone: 631-683-1004
Fax: 631-629-8846
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%)
Attorney Profile

Kim M. Smith is the owner of Kim Smith Law Group, PLLC. Located at 201 Old Country Rd., Ste. 110, in Melville, New York, she focuses her practice on elder law as well as estate planning and administration, representing clients throughout Suffolk and Nassau counties. Ms. Smith has been admitted to practice before all New York state courts since 2003.

Ms. Smith regularly prepares and reviews wills, a variety of revocable and irrevocable trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney and advance medical directives. She tailors her estate planning to meet the needs and goals of her clients, helping them to preserve and protect their assets for future generations. She also has experience in the preparation of special needs trusts for clients who have loved ones with physical or mental disabilities and who don't want to jeopardize their eligibility for governmental assistance. In her estate and trust administration practice, Ms. Smith works with beneficiaries and fiduciaries, helping to ensure that all assets are accounted for and liabilities are paid before funds are disbursed. Her elder law experience has encompassed guardianships, conservatorships, and Medicaid and long-term care planning.

Ms. Smith is frequently asked to deliver presentations on topics related to her practice areas, both to fellow attorneys and to financial professionals. She has also led seminars for Adult and Continuing Education programs for adults as well as to other members of her community. After graduating from Stony Brook University in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences, Ms. Smith spent several years as a radiation therapist at local hospitals, and she continued to do so while attending the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at night. She was awarded her Juris Doctor cum laude in 2003.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Elder Law (60%)

Estate Planning & Probate (40%): Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills

Focus Areas

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 4 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2016 - 2019

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About Kim Smith

Admitted: 2003, New York

Honors/Awards:

  • “New York Metro Area Super Lawyers”, Elder Law, 2016 – 2018 
  • Golden Key National Honor Society, Stony Brook University
  • Graduated cum laude, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Women and Courts Committee (appointed 2011)
  • National Elder Law Association, Member
  • Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, Delegate, Director, Corresponding Secretary, 2003-present, Past Co-Chair, Elder Law and Estate Planning Committee, President, 2011
  • Director of Suffolk County Women's Bar Association (Past President)
  • Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, 2003-present
  • New York, 2003
  • NAELA
  • Touro Law School Alumni Council
  • Board of Directors, United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island
  • Vice President of Estate Planning Council of Suffolk County
  • Executive Board of Suffolk County Estate Planning Council
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, Elder law and of the Trust and Estates Committee
  • Past Co-chair, Suffolk County Bar Association Elder Law and Estate Planning Committee
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Co-chair, Elder Law/Estate Planning Committee, Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Women and Courts Committee (Appointed)

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • United Cerebral Palsy of Suffolk, Board Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Estate Planning with a Qualified Personal Residence Trust, The Suffolk Lawyer, March 2010
  • Estate Planning, Lindenhurst Adult Education, October 2016, May 2018
  • Creating a More Equal and Better Playing Field for Women, The Suffolk Lawyer, April 2011
  • Overcoming Presumption of Non-Exempt Transfers to Qualify for Medicaid, The Suffolk Lawyer, July 2011
  • NYS Uniform Adult Guardianship and Protective Act, June 2013
  • Estate Planning to Ensure That Digital Assets Do Not Disappear in the Cloud, Nassau Lawyer, March 2019
  • All in the Family: Who Has Authority to Make Health Care Decisions? Nassau Lawyer, June 2019
  • Estate Planning & Elder Law, Sachem Library Adult Education, November 2018 
  • Estate Planning, Sachem Library Adult Education, September 2016
  • ABC’s of Estate Planning, Half Hollow Hills Adult Education, September 2016
  • What is Elder Law, Lindenhurst Adult Education, October 2017
  • The Probate Process from Start to Finish, National Business Institute, April 2019
  • Accountants Primer on Elder Law, Katz Tax Seminars, October 2014 & 2016
  • Legal Ethics, National Business Institute, October 2016
  • ABC’s of Trusts, Lindenhurst Adult Education, April 2017
  • ABC’s of Estate Planning, Half Hollow Hills Adult Education, April 2017, April 2018
  • What is Elder Law, Half Hollow Hills Adult Education, October 2016, March 2017, October 2017, April 2018
  • ABC’s of Trust, Half Hollow Hills Adult Education, May 2017, November 2017, May 2019
  • Elder Law, Sachem Adult Education, June 2017
  • Estate Planning & Elder Law, Half Hollow Hills Adult Education, October 2018
  • Estate Planning & Elder Law, Lindenhurst Adult Education, October 2018
  • Estate Planning Update, Katz Tax Seminars, June 2017, July 2018
  • Medicaid Planning the Ultimate Guide, Crisis Planning Part 1: Asset Purchase and Transfer Strategies, National Business Institute, August 2017
  • Estates, Trusts & Elder Law in 2018, Network of Allied Professionals, February 2018
  • Why do I need a Last Will and Testament?
  • Top Estate, Income Tax & Long-Term Care Planning Issues for 2019 & Beyond, Long Island Annual Invitational Conference on Estate Planning and Administration, May 2019
  • Using a Qualified Personal Residence Trust to Minimize Estate Taxes, The Suffolk Lawyer, 2010
  • Creating a More Equal, Balanced and Better Playing Field for Women, The Suffolk Lawyer, 2011
  • Overcoming Presumption of Non-Exempt Transfers to Qualify for Medicaid, Suffolk Layer
  • Lecturer, Elder law and estate planning issues, Suffolk County Bar Association, Ameriprise Financial, Suffolk County National Bank and HSBC
  • Estate Planning with a Qualified Personal Residence Trust
  • What Are My Duties as Executor of My Aunt's Estate?
  • Power of Attorney - New Law

Educational Background:

  • Stony Brook University, B.A. in Social Sciences, Golden Key Honor Society, 1988
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Office Location for Kim M. Smith

201 Old Country Rd
Suite 110
Melville, NY 11747

Phone: 631-683-1004

Fax: 631-629-8846

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Last Updated: 9/30/2019

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