The Law Offices of Emily Ann Klotz
New York Elder Care & Guardianship Attorney
EMILY ANN KLOTZ has been practicing in the fields of elder care and guardianship law for nearly two decades. She spent the first 13 years of her career as a personal injury litigator. Many of her clients were elderly or disabled, and in 1994, she decided to focus her practice on advocating on behalf of these two types of clients.
Initially, her elder care practice consisted mainly of litigating contested and uncontested guardianship actions and related matters. Today, she is an authority on New York guardianship law and procedures. As her practice grew and flourished, she quickly expanded the range of elder care matters handled to include recovery of assets, discharge of guardians and guardianship accountings, the creation and establishment of supplemental and special needs trusts, as well as other guardianship issues. Her office handles the full range of legal issues that need to be addressed by the elderly and disabled.
Emily works with clients of all backgrounds and economic situations. She has helped indigent clients as well as clients whose holdings exceeded $10,000,000.00.
Emily is well known within the New York courts guardianship system. She has been appointed by the New York State courts to act as a Court Evaluator, Guardian-Ad-Litem, Trustee of Supplemental Needs Trusts and as Guardian, Co-Guardian and/or Successor Guardian. On multiple occasions Emily has been appointed by the Supreme Court to replace guardians who have been found not be acting in the best interests of the incapacitated persons for whom they had been appointed to supervise.
Emily regularly speaks at various senior centers, caretaker support groups, non-profit organizations and organizations of retired individuals throughout the metropolitan New York City area, providing information on wills, trusts, Powers of Attorney, health care proxies, living wills, guardianship matters and Medicaid eligibility and planning. She has lectured at New York State Bar Association-sponsored events in the areas of Powers of Attorney, health care proxies, Living Wills and Last Wills and Testaments. In addition, she has been a lecturer at the Practicing Law Institute’s Elder Law Annual Elder Law Institute, covering a variety of guardianship issues, including when and if a guardian should consider Medicaid planning and the execution of Wills and medical directives by incapacitated persons.
Emily has also published a number of articles on guardianship and elder care law. These include:
- “Guardianship: Estate and Medicaid Planning under Article 81″ Practicing Law Institute, 17th Annual Elder Law Institute Course Handbook Series 2005 Edition (D-333/F-151/Dept. BAV5, 2005 Edition).
- “Understanding the Practical Do’s and Don’ts of Being a Guardian and Dealing with the Guardianship Process” Practicing Law Institute, 19th Annual Elder Law Institute Course Handbook Series 2007 Edition (D-341/F-165/Dept. BAV5, 2007 Edition).
Emily is a graduate of the University of Rochester and New York Law School. She is admitted to the Bars of New York and New Jersey. Although the bulk of her practice is in New York City and the surrounding New York counties (Nassau, Westchester and Rockland), she also handles matters in northern New Jersey.
Emily is deeply committed to helping others, both professionally and personally. She is a member and contributor to the Alzheimer’s Association and devotes a significant amount of her time to their efforts. A link to their website is included here for those who would like to learn more about their work: