Howard S. Krooks
Howard S. Krooks, Esq., CELA, CAP is of counsel in the law firm of Stephen Bilkis & Associates. Mr. Krooks 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. He devotes all is professional time to elder law and trust and estate matters, including cases related to asset preservation planning, supplemental needs trusts, Medicare, Medicaid, disability planning, guardianships, wills, trusts, estate planning, 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 – 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 has been consistently selected as a Florida Super Lawyer and a New York Super Lawyer, consistently named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, and named a Top 25 Westchester County Attorney. He also 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 has been recognized for his work related to elder law. In 2006 he received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the New York Chapter of NAELA for serving as Co-chair of a Special Committee on Medicaid Legislation formed by the NYSBA Elder Law Section to oppose New York Governor George Pataki’s budget bills containing numerous restrictive Medicaid eligibility provisions that, if enacted, would severely impact the frail, elderly, and disabled populations. In addition, he was recognized for serving as Co-chair of the NYSBA Elder Law Section Compact Working Group—a group that received national attention for developing alternative methods of financing long-term care. Mr. Krooks also 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 is widely published on many elder law topics. He 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.
In addition to writing on the topic of elder law, Mr. Krooks is a frequent lecturer. He 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 a variety of media including 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. Furthermore, he has appeared on PBS, the CBS Early Morning Show and elder law-focused local cable television programs.