Stephen Bilkis
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About Us

With over 70 years of combined experience, the Palm Beach County probate lawyers at Stephen Bilkis & Associates are committed to giving their clients quality legal representation as they make decisions relating to their legacies, their estates, and their care. With commitment and compassion, we represent individuals, administrators, guardians, beneficiaries, trustees, and others in matters related to probate, estate litigation, elder law, Medicaid planning, special needs planning, and advance directives. In all such matters Mr. Bilkis, Esq., Ms. Morris, Esq., Mr. Krooks, Esq. and the team at Stephen Bilkis & Associates proudly deliver top quality service to their clients through commitment, tenacity, and effective problem-solving.

Stephen Bilkis, Esq.

Stephen Bilkis is the founder and principal of the Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. He earned his law degree in 1997 from Touro Law School. Mr. Bilkis has been a member of numerous bar associations and organizations including the American Prepaid Legal Institute, AARP Legal Services Network, and the American Association for Justice.

As an experienced Palm Beach County probate lawyer, Mr. Bilkis has a proven track record of offering his clients the highest level of personal service. Understanding that estate matters often involve issues that are highly personal and sensitive, Mr. Bilkis approaches estate matters with not only skill, but also with compassion and understanding. He will take the time to understand your needs and goals.

Ellen S. Morris, Esq.

Ellen S. Morris is Of Counsel to Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Florida. She was admitted to the Florida bar in 1990. Since 2007, Florida Trend Magazine has consistently named Ms. Morris as part of the “Florida Legal Elite,” and she has also been named a Top Lawyer by the South Florida Legal Guide. Ms. Morris was honored as the 2008 Florida Bar Elder Law Section “Member of the Year.”

Ms. Morris devotes all her professional time to elder law and special needs planning, including fiduciary litigation, guardianship litigation, nursing home residents’ rights litigation, wills, trusts, estate and trust administration, advance directives, estate planning, and Medicaid and disability planning. As a former prosecutor under Janet Reno, Ms. Morris is known as a strong, effective litigator and is capable of handling estate, trust, will, and guardianship litigation with vigor.

Howard S. Krooks, Esq.

Howard S. Krooks is Of Counsel to Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC. He received his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He was admitted to the Florida bar in 2004 and the New York bar in 1990. 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 – 2013 to 2014), a past president of the New York Chapter of NAELA and serves on the Executive Council of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section as the Chair-Elect (2021-2022).

Mr. Krooks devotes all is professional time to elder law and trust and estate matters. He represents seniors and persons with special needs and their families in connection with asset preservation planning, supplemental needs trusts, Medicaid, Veterans benefits, planning for disability, estate planning, guardianship, wills, trusts and advance directives.

We Give Families Peace of Mind

We understand that the law, procedures, and terminology related to estates, elder law, and special needs can be highly technical and confusing. We want to make sure our clients understand every step. As experienced probate attorneys in Palm Beach County, we are known for expert legal counsel and are able to interpret and simplify complex legal issues for our clients and their concerned family members. Whether the matter is related to elder law, special needs, estate, or any other area of our practice, we handle each case with toughness, but also with sensitivity.

The probate attorneys serving Palm Beach County at Stephen Bilkis & Associates provide personal service to their clients. We get to know our clients and the issues that matter most to them. Call us at 561-710-4000 or contact us online for a FREE consultation.

Client Reviews
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Living in NYC with nobody to take care of my sick uncle 1,400 miles away, I found the expertise and compassion of Howard Krooks and his wonderful firm to be incredible. I would highly recommend them to anyone and already have. D.L., New York, NY
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I needed knowledgeable, responsive lawyers and attentive staff to help my aging and overwhelmed aunt and uncle with their family planning and Medicaid problems. With them in Florida, and me living and working in the Mid-Atlantic, I knew it would be a challenge. Elder Law Associates PA met my needs, and the attorney's fees were worth every penny. K.R., Laurel, MD
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Very well satisfied. The service was great in communicating all documents and proceedings with us to fully understand everything. The staff was AWESOME! In the future, (if) I know anyone, I will refer you. J.M., Boca Raton, FL