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Aaron helps clients in all areas of trusts and estates, including elder law matters, trust and estate administration and litigation.

Trusts and Estates

Aaron advises clients in comprehensive estate and tax planning, drafting wills, trusts, and advanced directives. He provides representation in estate and trust administration matters, probate, and also litigates in this area. Aaron assists clients of all asset levels to enable them to protect their assets for their families, to minimize tax liability, and to help them plan for long-term care costs. His elder law experience helps him incorporate the necessary planning to protect loved ones with special needs and to help provide access to certain public benefits. He also works with many business owners in these contexts to help protect their businesses and develop business succession plans.

Elder Law

In Aaron’s elder law practice, he advises and advocates for aging or disabled clients, or their families, to help develop and incorporate a sound plan to protect assets both for estate planning purposes and often, to address future long-term care and health care concerns and needs. He provides comprehensive Medicaid planning for clients, which is often incorporated into their estate planning. Aaron has extensive experience working with families that have loved ones who are either disabled or suffer from diminished capacity requiring guardianships. He represents individuals in administrative appeals with government agencies that are providing benefits to his clients. In this context, Aaron frequently assists and advises disabled plaintiffs and their attorneys in personal injury matters to provide specialized trust planning to protect judgments and settlement proceeds for the plaintiffs.

Aaron has presented at state bar associations and to other groups on numerous estate planning and elder law issues, and has been published nationally by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).

Corporate Matters and UAS/UAV Practice

Aaron assists and directs businesses, not-for-profits, and individuals with general legal matters related to corporate entity creation, corporate governance, business planning, liability, and privacy matters. Recognizing the growth and financial opportunities for businesses within the commercial small UAS (i.e., drone) industry, he has also developed a practice specifically focusing on small UAS/UAV regulation and commercial use. Within this niche, he assists corporate and individual clients to better understand FAA regulations, helping them incorporate this technology into their businesses, and ensuring they are FAA compliant with their UAS operations.

Professional Activities

  • Colorado Bar Association (Trust and Estate Section, Elder Law Section)
  • Estate Planning Council for Central New York, Syracuse, NY,  Board of Directors, 2019-Present
  • Interfaith Works, Board of Directors, Syracuse, NY, 2017-Present
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • New York State Bar Association (Trust and Estate Section, Elder Law Section)
  • Onondaga County Bar Association
    • Onondaga County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project – Surrogate’s Court Legal Clinic, 2013-Present
  • YMCA of Greater Rochester, Camp Cory Alumni Committee, 2013-Present

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Speaking Engagements

Speaking Engagements

  • "Basics of Elder Law and Special Needs Practice," New York State Bar Association, Moderator and Presenter, Syracuse, NY, November 2019
  • "Spousal Impoverishment and Medicaid/Spousal Refusal," Elder Law Fair, Tompkins Cortland Community College, August 2019
  • "Legal Issues in the UAS Industry," Corporate Presentation, The Tech Garden, Syracuse, NY, June 2017
  • "What You Need to Know as Guardian Ad Litem," New York State Bar Association, Syracuse, NY, May 2016
  • "Using SNTs for Personal Injury Settlements," New York State Bar Association, Syracuse, NY, May 2015
  • “Supplemental Needs Trust Basics,” New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Summer Meeting, Hershey, Pennsylvania, August 2014
  • “Basic Estate Tax Issues for Business Owners and Executives,” CLE program, Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC, Syracuse, NY, April 2014
  • “Drafting Supplemental and Special Needs Trusts,” NYSBA CLE: Advanced Document Drafting for the Elder Law Attorney, Moderator and Chair, Syracuse, NY, November 2013
  • “Settling Personal Injury Actions: Structured Settlements, Settlement of Medicare and Medicaid Claims, the Medical
  • Indemnity Fund for Neurologically Impaired Infants,” New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Fall Meeting, Albany, NY, October 2013
  • “Special Needs Event,” Menorah Park, Syracuse, NY, August 2013
  • “Advanced Directives,” Elder Law Fair, Syracuse, NY, May 2013
  • “Basics of Elder Law Practice,” New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Syracuse, NY, May 2013
  • “Elder Law: Basics of Elder Law A-Z,” Law Review Seminar, Denver, CO, July 2012
  • “Medicare Subrogation Rights in Personal Injury Settlements,” Colorado Bar Association, Denver, CO, 2007

Admissions

  • Oregon, 2022
  • Washington, 2022
  • New York, 2011
  • Colorado, 2005

Education

  • J.D., George Mason University School of Law, 2005
    • Activities: Phi Delta Phi, American Constitution Society
  • B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges (magna cum laude), History, 2000
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa; Hobart Alumni Association Award for Excellence in the Humanities

Honors & Recognition

  • Named to the Super Lawyers List, Upstate New York, 2017-2021
  • Leadership Greater Syracuse, Class of 2015
  • Central New York’s “40 Under Forty,” Class of 2014
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