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James K. Riley

About James Riley

About me

I am an attorney and partner in  the   law firm of  O'Connell & Riley in Pearl River, N.Y and also Montvale, N.J.   I help my personal clients in the areas of estate planning, elder law planning, and personal injury matters.


 I have been an Adjunct Professor  in estate planning, elder planning,  and financial planning at Pace University in White Plains since 1992 and I also serve as an Adjunct Professor in Public Education Law at Long Island University.  


 I have been rated "very high to pre-eminent" (Av) by my fellow attorneys in the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Lawyers Directory and I have been recognized in the Bar Register of Pre-eminent Attorneys and Who's Who In American Law. I am very proud of my "Superb"  Avvo rating (10.0) and "Superlawyer" designations which are both  based upon more than 30 years of dedicated service to my clients.


My work as an attorney is based  upon my deep and sincere desire to help people.




James K. Riley Attends NAELA Advanced Elder Law Boot Camp

Experts Share Information on Elder and Disability Law Trends


Pearl River, NY–James K. Riley of the O’Connell & Riley in Pearl River, NY and Montvale, NJ attended the NAELA Advanced Elder Law Boot Camp held from November 8-9, 2011 in Boston. This two-day workshop was part of theNational Aging and Law Institute, a conference hosted by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and co-sponsored by the National Aging and Law Conference (NALC). The National Aging & Law Institute is intended to equip elder and special needs law attorneys and other advocates in law and aging with the resources and information to better serve today’s clients. The NAELA Advanced Elder Law Boot Camp is taught by Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) and is designed for experienced practitioners.


The NAELA Advanced Elder Law Boot Camp covered topics such as:


·        Appeal Process: Requirements for Application,

·        Housing/Residents Rights Advocacy,

·        Insurance and Annuities,

·        Employment, Age and Disability Discrimination,

·        Employment and Retirement,

·        Public Benefits; Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security and VA,

·        Fiduciary Representation,

·        Legal Capacity Counseling,

·        Health and Personal Care Planning,

·        Pre/Post Mortem Tax Planning,

·        Litigation and Administrative Advocacy,

·        Special Needs Counseling, and

·        How to take the CELA Exam.



Members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) are attorneys who are experienced and trained in working with the legal problems of aging Americans and individuals of all ages with disabilities. Established in 1987, NAELA is a non-profit association that assists lawyers, bar organizations and others. The mission of NAELA is to establish NAELA members as the premier providers of legal advocacy, guidance and services to enhance the lives of people with special needs and people as they age. NAELA currently has members across the United States, Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

About Elder and Special Needs Law

Elder and Special Needs Law are specialized areas that involve representing, counseling and assisting seniors, people with disabilities and their families in connection with a variety of legal issues, with a primary emphasis on promoting the highest quality of life for individuals. Typically, Elder Law and Special Needs Law address the convergence of legal needs with the social, psychological medical and financial needs of individuals. The Elder Law and Special Needs Law attorney handles estate planning and counsels clients about planning for incapacity with health care decision-making documents. The Elder and Special Needs Law attorney also assists clients in planning for possible long-term care needs, including at-home care, assisted living or nursing home care. Locating the appropriate type of care, coordinating public and private resources to finance the cost of care and working to ensure the client’s right to quality care are all part of the Elder and Special Needs Law practice.




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