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Brian's cases have been written about in The New York Times, The New York Law Journal, The Villager, Elder Law Answers, and has appeared on NY Radio and CBS News televison. He is also a regular editorial contributor to The Senior News on legal issues as well as published in and 50Plus Lifestyles. Brian Raphan frequently gives pro bono lectures throughout New York City on legal matters facing the elderly. He also writes a Blog on Elder Law:  


Based in New York City, one block from Penn Station, the Law Firm of Brian A. Raphan, P.C. has expertise in Wills, Estates, Trusts, Probate and all Elder Law issues and has earned a reputation based on integrity, results and respect for their clients. The firm has earned praise for its assistance to seniors and their hands-on, personal approach.

Brian leads his talented team of attorney's in the following Practice Areas:

  • ​​​​​​Wills & Living Wills,

  • Estate Planning & Trusts

  • Elder Law​ ​​​

  • Probate ​​​

  • Medicaid Planning ​

  • Asset Protection Trusts ​​​

  • Guardianships

  • Nursing Home Abuse 

  • Bedsore Lawsuits.​Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

Brian is appointed as Member of the Office of the Court Administration Guardianship Advisory Committee, First Department; Member of the Final Account Subcommittee of the Guardianship Advisory Committee;
Appointed as a Member of the Statewide Judicial Training Subcommittee. 
Appointed by Appellate Division, 1st Department, as a Court Examiner in May, 1997. Individually selected and appointed by Surrogate's Court and Supreme Court in various capacities in hundreds of cases.

Admitted to New York State bar in 1989 and New Jersey State bar in 1988. Admitted to U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York 1990; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York 1990; United States Supreme Court 1994.


This year the firm introduced Visiting Lawyer Services. VLS is now available to New Yorkers that are homebound or unable to travel to a lawyer. With VLS our lawyers come to you. There’s no longer a need to coordinate aides, transfers or transportation as you won’t need it. If witnesses are needed for signing documents we also arrange them to be with us. Other family members or loved ones may be present as well. This has been very helpful for elder couples–as is often the case with elders, one spouse may be healthy and agile yet the other quite limited.

‘Not being burdened by travel time or hindered by physical ability also allows seniors to focus better on their legal needs. We’ve taken our hands-on approach, compassion and legal prowess to the next level’ - Brian

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Languages spoken: English, Spanish, French

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 20%
    28 years
  2. Medical Malpractice: 20%
    22 years
  3. Trusts: 20%
    28 years
  4. Wills: 20%
    28 years
  5. Elder Law: 20%
    28 years



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  • Thomas John Chapman

    Brian is a well respected and trust worthy attorney who handles complex nursing home and medical malpractice cases. You can place great confidence in him handling your case and we highly recommend his firm's services.


    Thomas Chapman Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Josiah J Corrigan

    I have worked with attorney Brian Raphan on several issues related to Elder Care and Nursing Home issues. He has always impressed me with his skill, knowledge and ability. In a world where most are looking out for themselves, Brian is an advocate for his client's best interests first. I whole-heartedly endorse Brian Raphan.


    Josiah Corrigan Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

The Law Offices of Brian A. Raphan, Esq.

7 Penn Plaza,
8th Floor
New York, NY, 10001-3967


NYCurrently registered 198903/07/2016
NJAdministrative - Not authorized to practice198806/25/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Special RefereeSupreme Court State of New York2015
Estate, Tax & Financial Planning ConferenceUJA Federation2005
Article 81 Court Examiner TrainingFirst Judicial Dept Supreme Court of State of NY1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder, Lead CounselThe Law Offices of Brian A. Raphan, P.C.2001 - Present
Appointed Court ExaminerAppellate Division, 1st Department1997 - Present
Judicial Training SubcommitteeNew York - Statewide Judicial Training Subcommittee1991 - Present
Founding PartnerDruckman, Raphan & Sinel1990 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Alliance of Trust & Estate ProfessionalsMember2000 - Present
Appellate Division, 1st DepartmentCourt Examiner1997 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember1994 - Present
Statewide Judicial Training SubcommitteeMember1991 - Present
Court Administration Guardianship Advisory Committee,Member1991 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New YorkMember1990 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1990 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
New York County Lawyers' AssociationMember1989 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of New YorkMember1988 - Present
Appellate Division of the Supreme Court State of NYMember1988 - Present
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
United States District Court for the District of New JerseyMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Stopped Improper use of funds by a GuardianPowers of attorney set aside. Mortgage negated and monies as part of the disabled have been protected.
Appointed as Special Referee for the Supreme Court State of New YorkWon
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
Temple UniversityBusinessBS - Bachelor of Science, Cum Laude1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Turner Broadcasting Legal WorkshopEstate Planning, Wills & Trusts2016
FPCNYCGetting Your Legal Life in Order2016
Consulate General of SwitzerlandPlanning for Your Later Years in NY State2015
The HallmarkTrusts & Medicaid Planning2013
Planning for Your FutureAn Introduction to Medicaid Planning2013
Penn South Mutual Redevelopment HousingElder Law: What you need to know2013
Lincoln House Outreach, New YorkWills & Estate Planning for New Yorkers2013
Spotlight on Business - NY RadioRadio Interview: Why You Need a Will2011
CBS News TelevisionFeatured Segment Regarding Landlord/Tenant Case1993