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Sharon Kovacs Gruer, Esq. focuses her practice in the areas of asset protection, estate planning, elder law, mental health, special needs planning, trusts, tax law, public benefits, Veterans Benefits, Social Security Disability, probate, Surrogate's Court litigation, disability law, pet trusts and real estate.  Ms. Gruer holds a Masters of Law in Taxation (LL.M.) from New York University, is past Chairperson of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section, an elected position, and is certified as an elder law attorney by the American Bar Association’s accredited National Elder Law Foundation*.  Ms. Gruer is a member of the Board of Directors and of the Council of Advanced Practitioners of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, is the Immediate Past President of the Great Neck Lawyers Association, Past Chairperson of the Nassau County Bar Association Taxation Committee, Past Chairperson of the Trust Section of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and Past Chairperson of the Mental Health Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section.  Ms. Gruer has practiced law for over twenty seven years, is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs, is certified as a mediator by the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division and is a volunteer arbitrator in the 10th Judicial District Administrative Judge’s Office, Nassau County Attorney Client Fee Dispute Resolution Program.  She has also been a volunteer panel member of the Surrogate Decision Making Committee of the New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled for over fourteen years and is a member of the New York State Bar Committee on Issues Affecting People with Disabilities.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Probate: 20%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Guardianship: 20%
  4. Elder Law: 20%
  5. Estate Planning: 20%

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Sharon Kovacs Gruer, P.C.

1010 Northern Boulevard
Suite 302
Great Neck, NY, 11021-5329

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYDue to reregister within 30 days of birthday 198607/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
RecognitionSuper Lawyers2016
Council of Advanced Practitioners MemberNational Academy of Elder Law Attorneys2016
Honored as one of the Top Women in Law for 2016Hofstra University School of Law – Center for Children, Families and the Law2016
Women of the YearTown of North Hempstead2013
ServiceNew York State Bar Association Elder Law Section2013
Recognition for Volunteer Service at Senior Citizen Law ClinicNassau County Bar Association2005
Woman of the YearYashar Hadassah's2003
Recognition for Volunteer WorkLong Island Stroke Association1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Chief AttorneySharon Kovacs Gruer, P.C.1988 - Present
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember of the Council of Advanced Practitioners2006 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember of the Tax Law Section1999 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember of the Elder Law Section1995 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember of the Trusts and Estates Section1995 - Present
Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, Inc.MemberN/A
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember of the Taxation CommitteeN/A
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember of the Surrogate's Court CommitteeN/A
Nassau County Bar AssociationMember of the Elder Law, Social Services & Health Advocacy Comm.N/A
New York State Bar AssociationPast Chair of the Elder Law Section2010 - 2011
Great Neck Lawyers AssociationPast President2004 - 2006
Nassau County Bar AssociationPast Chair of the Taxation Committee2002 - 2004
Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Nassau LawyerObstacles Facing Patients Who Seek Medical Marijuana in New York2016
Nassau LawyerShifting National Opinions on Aid in Dying2014
NAELA NewsAssisted Suicide in the United States2014
2013 Advanced Document Drafting for the Elder Law AttorneyDrafting Irrevocable Trusts2013
New York State Bar Association, Basic Elder LawIncome Only Medicaid Trusts2013
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws1989
Yeshiva University, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Adult presentationHealth Care Proxies, Living Wills, MOLST Forms, HIPAA Authorizations, Powers of Attorney and Communication2016
Spring ConferenceLegal Forms – Common Mistakes and Misconceptions2015
panel member, NYSBA, Boston, MassachusettsEstate and Gift Tax2012
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Advanced Practitioners CouncilElder Law Trends, panel member2012
Nassau County Society of Financial Service ProfessionalsPlanning for Special Needs2012
National Law and Aging Institute, Boston, MassachusettsChairperson2011
Nassau County Bar Association, panel memberNew York State's New Estate Recovery Regulations2011
Financial Planning Association of Long IslandSpecial Needs Trusts2011
Elder Law Certification Review Course, New YorkMedicare2011
Appellate Division, Second Department, Guardianship Judges, panel memberEstate Recovery, Regulations2011
Telephonic Continuing Legal EducationNew Basic Rules2010
Introduction to Elder and Special Needs LawBasic Estate Tax Planning2010
Elder Law Certification Review CourseMedicare2010
Council of Advanced Practitioners, Chicago, IllinoisLaw Practice Management2010
Advanced Document Drafting for the Elder Law PractitionerElder Law Issues in Drafting Wills and Revocable Trusts2010
Advanced Document Drafting for the Elder Law PractitionerDrafting Irrevocable Medicaid Trusts2010
2010 Advanced Fall Institute, San Diego, CaliforniaTaxation of Special Needs Trusts and MIDGTs2010