Lori R. Somekh has a passion for protecting our seniors. She is from New Haven, Connecticut and was admitted to practice law in New York and the Federal Courts. She established her own firm in 1997. Ms. Somekh serves her clients’ elder law needs with vigor and high energy. She’s especially determined to help those in need affecting personal health and family wealth. Prior to building a successful elder advocacy firm, Ms. Somekh was an associate of Cullen & Dykman, one of New York City’s oldest and largest law firms.

Allow our experienced law firm to counsel you and your loved ones on issues affecting seniors such as Medicaid, long term care planning, advance directives, retirement, and other important matters.

Somekh & Associates Specializes:
Elder Law
Trust & Estates
Real Estate

Elder Law Attorney

When your family faces a difficult situation with an elder family member such as a stroke, needs a nursing home or needs a probate proceeding, elder law attorneys can help. You need an experienced lawyer with knowledge in the field. Our Queens attorneys understand local laws and can help you get the best results. The Law Office of Somekh & Associates have years of experience dealing with elder care law.

We make it easier to plan for your future and ensure that all legal matters are taken care of, protecting your assets and carrying out your wishes.

Why Hire an Elder Care Attorney

Elder law is defined by the client’s needs, instead of a particular field. For this reason, Somekh & Associates are aware that the elders needs likely surpass the basic legal services, and we have connections to a network of professionals who assist you or your loved one.

We advocate for the elderly and their loved ones, helping with issues linked to health care, retirement, guardianship, Medicare and Medicaid and estate planning amongst others. By focusing on the needs of the elderly population, we take care of day to day issues like planning for the future and assisted living, should this situation be required.
An elder care lawyer can help with a variety of problems, including:

• Discussing the importance of creating a will, planning your estate, probate proceedings and caring for a disabled or special needs family member.

• Create a legally binding power of attorney.

• Assist with health care and planning, including Medicare/Medicaid assistance, patient rights, assisted living options and long-term care options.

• Help with financial matters, such as income, estate, and tax.

• Explain the rights of residents in nursing homes and help with any claims.

• Draft living wills, including powers of attorney.

Choosing Somekh & Associates as your Elder Law Firm

Somekh & Associates takes elder advocacy seriously. We regularly represent clients that have been punished by the legal system, taking them all the way before the Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Court of New York State, civil courts, and appellate courts. The litigation service that we offer also encompasses recovery of property, large estate matters and distribution of assets. We are extremely focused and will do everything possible to achieve your goals.

Real Estate Attorneys

At Somekh & Associates, we have the experience and expertise in real estate law; we can assist you with any transaction involving buying, selling or leasing, as well as handling foreclosures from the lender or borrower side, help in receiving financing and negotiations.

There are a lot of benefits of hiring a real estate lawyer to assist with the process. Some of the services we offer are the following:

• Describe all the legal terms of the contract, whether you’re purchasing or selling.

• Explain any inconsistencies in the documents and recommend a better course of action.

• Evaluate any easements, liens or obligations the property has on record.

• Prepare all necessary documentation.

• Clarify the mortgage terms and negotiate any necessary changes.

• Calculate all the tax liabilities related to purchasing or selling real estate.

• Accompany you during the closing of the contract and review any paperwork that needs to be signed.

• Confirm that the deed to the property you receive is only subject to the terms you’ve agreed to, including liens or easements.

What a Real Estate Lawyer can do for you

The cost of a real estate lawyer can seem hefty, but it’s a worthwhile investment in the long run. A real estate lawyer can help with foreclosures, either stopping or mitigating them, defend you in case a real estate transaction goes south or represent the landlord or tenant in property damage cases. Real estate lawyers can also assist you if you are building a property or buying a home, by making sure your rights are protected.

As real estate lawyers, we know the rules and regulations associated with real estate transactions. We can assist you in clearing up documents, deal with zoning issues, negotiate on your behalf and oversee the transfer of titles.

Hiring a real estate lawyer can give you peace of mind. We can make sure that the transaction is carried out as agreed by both parties, always keeping your best interest in mind.

Also, the state of New York requires a lawyer to be present during the closing of home sales, so make sure to contact us if you’re purchasing or selling property in this area.

Estate Planning Attorney

An estate planning attorney assists you with planning out your future. Somekh & Associates can help you in this matter, offering customized advice, paying attention to tax consequences, any concerns regarding the family relationship and efficient administration services. As estate planning attorneys, we can advise you on getting your affairs in order and how to prepare for the possibility of mental or physical disabilities and eventual death.

Estate planning doesn’t just encompass the creation and execution of a will. Somekh & Associates will work closely with you, discussing your needs, goals and available options to create a solution that works for you and your family.

Should you become physically or mentally incapacitated, we can prepare powers of attorney, so you know who will be managing your affairs if you are not able to.

How an Estate Planning Lawyer Can Help

Experienced estate planning lawyers will assist you in a variety of ways. They will chat with you regarding the state of your financial affairs, your personal property, the estate planning goals you have, how to cover the needs of your loved ones after your passing or disability and your healthcare wishes.

Somekh & Associates will ensure that your wishes are carried out, and continue to manage your estate so you can rest assured that your benefactors are being taken care of.

Some of the ways Somekh & Associates can help are:

• Prepare a Power of Attorney in case of disability.

• Drafting all manner of trusts, including living trusts and irrevocable trusts.

• Developing plans to lower or avoid estate taxes and make sure that your property and savings are not taken by creditors after your death.

• Will preparation.

• Manage the probate process if required.

• Advice in guardianship or conservatorship matters.

Trust Attorney

A trust attorney will assist you in setting up a trust and provides proper legal help to your appointed trustee. The trust can be arranged in a lot of ways, and stipulate what assets and when will be granted to the trustees.

It’s important to have your trust reviewed by an experienced trust lawyer, to ensure that it is legally binding and will be carried out respecting your wishes.

You might want to create a trust if you’re in any the following situations:

• You want to avoid your estate going through probate.

• You want to lower your property taxes.

• You want to have a say in how much and when your beneficiaries receive your assets.
There are several types of trusts, and Somekh & Associates can guide you in determining the right one for you.

How a Property Attorney can Assist You

A property attorney represents you in a dispute over a transfer of moveable property, like a piece of equipment, furniture, a vehicle or stocks, and bonds.

If you are in any of the following situations, it’s important that you consult an attorney for property for the best guidance, as they can help you with any required paperwork or court dates:

• Lease or contract creation

• Title validation

• You purchased something from an individual who didn’t have the selling rights

• You want to sell something you have partial rights to

• Property damage

Will Attorney

A will attorney will help you creating your will, which is a document declaring how you want your possessions to be divided after your death. Crafting a will is important no matter your age, as you can’t predict what will happen in the future. If you have a legally sound will, you will be assured that your wishes are carried out, and your estate will go to your desired beneficiaries.

It might be tempting to write your will on your own, but it’s recommended that you speak with a lawyer so you can ensure that it’s legally sound. It’s common that will attorneys are probate attorneys as well and they can, therefore, help your family in carrying out your wishes.

Why Hire Somekh & Associates as Your Real Estate Law Firm
Zoning ordinances vary from location to location, and we can help you determine whether your property or any modifications you wish to do are in conflict with these laws.

If you are interested in a condominium, cooperative or homeowners association, these forms of ownership are considered securities under New York State law. Therefore, their transactions require special documents which need to be revised by an attorney. We will also be able to explain the tax deductions associated with these types of properties.

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20 Years of Service to the Community
Year Founded

Planning is Critical
Clients Served

Average Client Assets Protected:
$300,000 - $1,000,000 +


Lori Somekh, Founding Member, Somekh & Associates, PLLC

Elder Advocacy,
Our Promise.

Somekh & Associates considers elder advocacy a serious responsibility. That’s why we pursue and utilize all criminal and civil avenues through which the legal system can halt and punish elder abusers. Driven by this promise, we are not afraid to follow a case, wherever it may lead. In fact, we regularly represents clients in cases before the Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Court of New York State, civil courts, and appellate courts. Our litigation service goes beyond abuse cases and into other important areas including recovery of property, large estate matters, and distribution of assets. When we represent you in court, we don't take our eye off the goal – positive verdicts with recovery of damages if possible.

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Elder Law is primarily concerned with Elder Care placement, asset protection, medicaid planning and guardianship issues.
“Lori is the trusted legal authority in dealing with asset protection and medicaid planning.”
Assisted Living runs about $15,000 a month. Medicare only pays for a few days of an initial stay. Then it’s self pay until personal funds are depleted. Then Medicaid kicks in. If assisted living becomes necessary then medicaid planning should be in place to protect familial assets.

We will guide you through the legal steps you will need to take if you have a loved one or family member who has lost the capacity to make decisions due to Dementia or Alzheimer’s and can no longer make decisions regarding personal needs or property management. Often it requires a court proceeding to appoint a guardian.

Cases of Interest.

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Preventing problems before they occur is critically important. And, if you have an elderly parent or another relative experiencing challenges with Medicaid or asset protection, I can help answer your questions.

  When an elderly loved one is going through a difficult illness and decisions must be made – you have enough to worry about. You’ll know you’ve done the right things and breathe easier when the complex legal matters have been taken care of and you can focus on your family once again.
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No one enjoys thinking about what life would be like if we became incapacitated. When it comes to our elderly parents most people are reluctant to have these conversations with Mom or Dad.