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Jeffrey N. Rheinhardt

Elder law Attorney at Ilion, NY

5.0   3 reviews

also known as Jeff Rheinhardt

  • Licensed for 42 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1982
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Jeffrey

Learn Jeffrey’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Elder law
    Elder Law is about helping people identify and achieve their unique goals for aging and taking care of their family & loved ones. We help clients obtain & preserve resources, both monetary and human; and create and implement a plan for successful aging. We assist people with preserving their own assets and obtaining and maximizing public benefits, such as Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and VA benefits.

    29 years, 1,800 cases

  2. Medicaid and medicare
    Medicaid and Medicare, as well as other public benefits programs, are really a subset of Elder Law. We assist clients with planning for and achieving eligibility for benefits, preparing and filing applications, and appealing unwarranted denials or limitations of benefits.

    29 years, 540 cases

  3. Estate planning
    Our goal is to help clients define and implement their planning goals, by identifying and avoiding or reducing problems and threats. Does the plan preserve family harmony? Has the couple addressed issues that can arise in blended families? Are there special needs beneficiaries? Should the client avoid probate by having a trust instead of a will? Are there income and estate tax liabilities? A good plan ensures that our beneficiaries receive what we want them to receive.

    41 years, 1,800 cases

  4. Probate
    Executors are responsible for identifying & collecting assets, paying taxes & administration expenses, assessing & paying claims, & making timely distribution to the beneficiaries according to the terms of the Will or Trust. They must account to Court, tax authorities, creditors & beneficiaries. Those duties can seem overwhelming. We take on & treat these responsibilities as our own so that our clients enjoy a stress free & successful administration.

    41 years, 900 cases

Jeff has over 35 years of experience as an attorney and is the senior partner at Rheinhardt & Bray, PC. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA)* through the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) and is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Jeff also a former delegate to the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is a member of the Herkimer and Oneida County Bar Associations and a frequent seminar presenter and contributor to local publications on issues affecting seniors and the disabled.


*Certified Elder Law Attorney by National Elder Law Foundation. The National Elder Law Foundation is not affiliated with any governmental authority.  Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law.


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Rheinhardt & Bray, PC
PO Box 360
85 Otsego Street
Ilion, NY, 13357-0360
Rheinhardt & Bray, PC
301 Black River Boulevard
Rome, NY, 13440
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Posted by Steve | January 30, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Most knowledgeable attorney
Needed a trust for elderly mother-in-law. She had NY partnership total asset long term care policy. Spoke with a dozen elder attorney's before finding Jeff. None of them had any idea what I was talking about. Some offered to look it up. NELF listing showed Jeff was CELA certifide so I called. He was able to explain every detail off the top of his head. He made several suggestions for the trust and completed the job exactly the way we asked for. He has my strongest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Incredibly Caring & Helpful
I highly recommend Jeff. He is so well informed on everything you will need to know and walks you through the whole process. I always felt like our planning was of the utmost importance and he always kept us fully informed of every detail!
Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2015
Outstanding, professional, caring and compassionate Elder Law attorney
Jeff had been my parents’ attorney for a number of years. After my father passed away Jeff assisted my mother in setting up my sibling as a POA. After my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and unable to live alone she moved to an Alzheimer’s Assisted Living facility. I reached out to Jeff for assistance when it became clear that my sibling was misusing the POA and planned to move my mother out of the facility where she was safe and cared well for. Jeff took time on a Saturday to visit my mom at the Assisted Living facility to determine if she was coherent enough to revoke my sibling’s POA. That afternoon he spent another hour of his Saturday discussing the option of guardianship with me as a means to protect my mother and her assets from the actions of my sibling. As Jeff discussed how to proceed it became very clear to me that Jeff’s main interest was that my mother was cared for properly and that her money was used to provide for her care. I petitioned for guardianship of person and Jeff agreed to be guardian of property. I know this was not something Jeff planned to do but I felt it was very important that a respected, neutral party hold that role. This again shows Jeff’s commitment to ensuring the needs of the elderly, especially those that cannot make decisions or care for themselves, are met. Throughout the guardianship proceedings, the guardianship itself and on to the settlement of the estate my sibling berated Jeff and his team. Throughout all of it Jeff remained focused on the goal of ensuring my mother was cared for in the best way possible and ensuring that the wishes of my parents were met. Thankfully my parents selected Jeff as their attorney. I cannot begin to express how much I appreciate the guidance, support and assistance Jeff provided me. I have learned so much from him, especially as it relates to how to ensure older people are cared for properly. I would recommend Jeff to anyone looking for the best eldercare attorney. If you hire Jeff you can count on the fact that he will be looking out for your, and/or your loved ones, best interest.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 240-240 per hour
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check


AVVO RATING 8.4 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • President & Attorney
  • Rheinhardt & Bray, PC
  • 1982 - Present


  • Albany Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Matter of MK
  • Administrative Law Judge held in our favor regarding retroactive Medicaid coverage preceding transfer of assets to a disabled child.


  • Oneida County Bar Association
  • Committee for Liaison to State Bar Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • 2010 - Present
  • Herkimer County Bar Association
  • Nominating Committee Member
  • 1985 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Elder Law Section District Delegate
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Herkimer County Area Resource Center
  • Board Member
  • 2009 - 2013
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (New York chapter)
  • Board Member
  • 2008 - 2014
  • Catholic Charities of Herkimer County
  • Board Member
  • 2004 - 2010
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2024
  • Estate Planning Prize
  • Albany Law School
  • 1981


  • New York State Bar Association Elder Law Journal
  • The New York NAELA Niche
  • 2014

Speaking Engagements

  • Important Legal Documents to Understand During the Pandemic and Beyond
  • Estate planning documents
  • 2021
  • Summer Section Meeting CLE
  • Medicaid Panel
  • 2015
  • Course - "Combat Investing"
  • Estate and Long Term Care Planning
  • 2015
  • CLE
  • Trusts 101 Ethics
  • 2015
  • Rome Air Force Research Lab Lunch and Learn
  • Estate and Long Term Care Planning
  • 2012
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • Long Term Care Planning
  • 2011
  • Cornell Cooperative Ext. of Herkimer County
  • Legal Aspects of Farm Transfer and Estate Planning
  • 2011
  • Mohawk Retired Teachers Lunch and Learn
  • Estate and Long Term Care Planning
  • 2008
  • Retirement Seminar
  • Retirement Planning Legal Issues
  • 2007
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Attorney endorsements

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Elder law Attorney | May 22
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Ilion Elder law Lawyer Jeffrey N. Rheinhardt
Jeffrey N. Rheinhardt
Elder law Attorney
Ilion, NY
Licensed for 42 years