I am an advocate assisting people with Medicaid and home care applications, and have had the distinct honor of working with Ronald Fatoullah and his associates for a number of years in preparing many clients to become financially eligible for Medicaid. I dealt with other elder law attorneys prior to becoming acquainted with Ron and his team, and the knowledge base of this firm regarding Medicaid law is light years ahead of any of the other attorneys I have encountered. They have a large Medicaid department which is headed by Stacey Meshnick, who has a vast knowledge of the ever-changing regulations regarding Medicaid and home care eligibility. I participate in my clients’ consultations with Stacey, or other members of the firm, as appropriate, so I see first hand how they advise my clients and prepare the legal documents to make them Medicaid eligible. I also consult with members of the firm, including their equally knowledgeable paralegal staff, on a regular basis for guidance on addressing the recent, and non-user friendly, changes regarding criteria for Medicaid and home care services. Their knowledge is surpassed only by their professionalism, compassion, and the highest ethical standards in how they relate to their clients. Every one of my clients over the years has been very pleased with the caliber of service they received from the attorney they worked with. And they all receive the monthly newsletter prepared by the firm describing many relevant aspects of estate planning.
Fatoullah & Associates goes beyond the typical estate planning that elder law firms are known for, however. They are leading advocates promoting legislative change for the betterment of all clients. A number of years ago Ron successfully negotiated with the NYC Human Resources Administration to change their policy so that retirement accounts in payout status would be an exempt resource for Medicaid purposes. This policy gradually got rolled out to all the other counties in NY State. His advocacy protected countless clients who would otherwise be ineligible for Medicaid.
This is an elder law firm that truly has their clients’ best interests at heart, and that deserves an across-the-board five-star rating.