Howard S. Krooks, Esq., CELA, CAP – Partner
Howard S. Krooks, a partner of Elder Law Associates PA with offices throughout Southeast Florida, is admitted to practice law in New York (1990) and Florida (2004). Mr. Krooks is Of Counsel to Amoruso & Amoruso, LLP, in Rye Brook, New York. He splits his time between New York and Florida, where his professional practice is devoted to elder law and trusts and estates matters, including representing seniors and persons with special needs and their families in connection with asset preservation planning, supplemental needs trusts, Medicaid, Medicare, planning for disability, guardianship, wills, trusts and health care planning with advance directives.
Mr. Krooks is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law
Foundation and is a past president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) from 2013 to 2014, a past president of the N.Y. Chapter of NAELA and serves on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section as the NAELA Liaison. He currently serves on the Steering Committee
for the 2019 NAELA Summit, on the Board of Trustees of the NAELA Foundation, as co-chair of the NAELA State Chapters Committee and as co-chair of the 2020 NAELA Annual Meeting. He is a past chair of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) from 2004-2005, and serves on the Executive Committee as past chair. He also is the current treasurer of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section.
Mr. Krooks has been consistently selected as a Florida Super Lawyer and a New York Super Lawyer, named a Top 25 Westchester County Attorney, has a 10.0 (Excellent) rating from AVVO and is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a testament to the fact that Mr. Krooks’ peers rank him at the highest level of professional excellence.
Mr. Krooks received the 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award from the N.Y. Chapter of NAELA for serving as co- chair of a Special Committee on Medicaid Legislation formed by the NYSBA Elder Law Section to oppose N.Y. Governor George Pataki’s budget bills containing numerous restrictive Medicaid eligibility provisions that, if enacted, would severely impact the frail elderly and disabled populations. He was also recognized for serving as co-chair of the NYSBA Elder Law Section Compact Working Group, which received national attention for developing alternative methods of financing long-term care. Additionally, Mr. Krooks served as chair of a Special Committee created by the NYSBA Elder Law Section to address the Statewide Commission on Fiduciary Appointments formed by Chief Justice Judith Kaye.
Mr. Krooks co-authored the chapter, “Creative Advocacy in Guardianship Settings: Medicaid and Estate Planning Including Transfer of Assets, Supplemental Needs Trusts and Protection of Disabled Family Members,” included in Guardianship Practice in New York State, and the chapter “Long-Term Care Insurance in New York,” included in Estate Planning and Will Drafting in New York, both published by the NYSBA. He is widely published on many elder law topics.
Mr. Krooks is a founding principal of ElderCounsel LLC, the premier elder law and special needs planning document drafting solution for attorneys.
As a frequent lecturer, Mr. Krooks has addressed many organizations including Barron’s, NAELA, Stetson Special Needs Conference, ALI-ABA, WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, the National Guardianship Association, the Florida Bar Association, the Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, the NYSBA, the Alaska Bar Association, the Michigan Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar Association, the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Utah Bar Association, the Washington Bar Association, the Texas Chapter of NAELA, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, UJA Federation, the Brooklyn Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Richmond County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Westchester County Bar Association, the Boca Raton Estate Planning Council, the Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council, the Rochester Estate Planning Council, Berkeley College, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State United Teachers, and the New York State Civil Service Employees’ Association.
Mr. Krooks has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kiplinger’s, USA Today, The New York Post, Newsday, The Journal News and the Boca Raton News. He has appeared on PBS, the CBS Early Morning Show and elder law-focused local cable television programs.