Judith D. Grimaldi

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The most rewarding part of what we do is helping to honor the elder family member’s wishes, securing good care while keeping the family generously working together.

Judith D. Grimaldi, is a partner in the pioneering elder law firm GRIMALDI & YEUNG LLP.

Ms. Grimaldi’s perspective on the issues facing the mid-life individual is unique; it was shaped by more than a decade of field experience as a social worker.  In this capacity, Ms. Grimaldi served as Director of a local hospital’s Community Care Organization serving families facing chronic illness and an adjunct professor in Gerontology at Marymount Manhattan College.  In addition, she was a Community Relations and Family Coordinator at South Beach Psychiatric Center of Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York. Each of these positions provided her with unique, first-hand encounters with the day-to-day impact of aging and disability on individuals and their families.

As an attorney for over 20 years, Ms. Grimaldi has represented the rights of the elderly and disabled. She has special expertise on Medicare and Medicaid, health law, trusts and wills and estates. Her particular focus is on family caregivers and homecare. Ms. Grimaldi is a Certified Elder Law Attorney. She has been named one of “New York’s Women Leaders in the Law 2012”, by New York Magazine and after an extensive peer review and rating process, New York Magazine has named her one of New York’s “Best Lawyers” 2008 to present, and has also been named “Super Lawyer” since 2009. She is also Peer Review Rated for ethical standards and legal ability through Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Grimaldi is currently an adjunct professor of Brooklyn Law School.

Ms. Grimaldi is a past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), New York Chapter; she is a NAELA Board Member, Member of NAELA’s Advocacy Committee and member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP). She is currently the Chair-Elect of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law & Special Needs Section and is a past Chair of the New York City Bar Association’s Legal Problems of the Aging Committee; Charter member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and was recently named to the National Board of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Ms. Grimaldi is also active in the Senior Issue Committee of New York City’s Community Board 10, where she is currently working on developing a Bay Ridge Age Friendly Improvement District, and has recently authored a book, 5@55”, The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55”.

A 1993 graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Ms. Grimaldi also holds an MSW from Hunter College of the City of New York (1982, with honors) and a BA from Marymount Manhattan College with a certificate in Gerontology (1980, summa cum laude).

Articles:

Author, “Staying at Home Options Other Than Medicaid,” New York State Bar Association Advance Elder Law Seminar, Spring 2001;

Personal Care Contract Options, January 2008, MOLST: New York State’s Medical Orders to Honor the Wishes of Seriously Ill Patient, NYSBA Elder Law Attorney, Spring 2009;

“New York State’s Power of Attorney Gets a New Look & Better Control”, Alzheimer’s Association, NYC Chapter, Summer 2009;

Overview of Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Recipients, NYSBA, Fall, 2010; Legal Capacity Counseling, NAELA Advanced Elder Law Review, January, 2011;

Updates on Health Care Reform: Impact on Medicare and Medicaid Recipients, NAELA News, Winter, 2011;

The Class Act – Community Living Assistance Services Supports Act—A Long Term Care Option in the Health Care Legislation, NYSBA Newsletter, Spring, 2011.

Books:

Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Long-Term Planning and Nursing Home Protection, Aspatore Publishers, a Thomson Reuters business – Authored chapter: Effective Strategies for Client Long-Term Care, March, 2011. 

Co-author, “5@55”, The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55”.

Testimonials:

To Judith – Grimaldi & Yeung LLP,
Congratulations! I am reading the book you gave me and enjoying every piece of information therein. It’s a fantastic book and it’s being of great help to me.
Thank you so much,
-Vania S.

Hi Judie,
I just wanted to thank you for the periodic Elder Law Updates that you send to your clients. They’re quite helpful. Some of the topics are eye-openers, so I print them out so that my children will be well-informed when I’m gone.
Warm regards,
-Emanuela T.

Judith Grimaldi was a wonderful Elder Care Attorney. I had a 93 year old grandfather, who did not want to be institutionalized and wanted to live his remaining days at home. He was constantly falling, getting stitches and was in the emergency room on a regular basis. Judith was able to expedite the paperwork necessary to get him 24 hour a day care. Due to her hard work my grandfather was able to live the remaining 3 years of his life with dignity!
Thank you Judith
-James H.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Special Needs Planning

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. Federal Courts

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    J.D.
  • MSW (with honors), Hunter College of the City University of New York, School of Social Work
  • Marymount Manhattan College, New York City
    B.A. summa cum laude