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James. M. Hayes joined Hinman, Howard & Kattell in 1968 and focuses his practice on housing issues, guardianship, estate planning, special needs trusts, disability issues including Medicaid, Medicare and disability benefits, as well as banking and commercial law.

Mr. Hayes has significant experience in helping people with disabilities and their families, including volunteer work with NYSARC, Inc., the nation’s largest organization serving the developmentally disabled, ACHIEVE, the Broome County affiliate of NYSARC, Inc., the Mental Health Association in Broome County, and SEPP Elderly Housing Group.

He also served in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps from 1965 to 1968, rising to the rank of Captain, and is certified by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans with the Department.

Mr. Hayes has handled hundreds of proceedings for the appointment of guardians for the developmentally disabled, persons with mental illness, and the elderly with reduced cognitive ability. He has assisted many families in establishing special needs trusts to preserve eligibility for government benefits and in long range planning of estates and trusts for families with disabled children.

Mr. Hayes has extensive experience in the development and financing of subsidized housing for the elderly and disabled, including the use of low income housing tax credits and historic preservation tax credits as financing devices.

Mr. Hayes has lectured repeatedly to both attorney organizations and community groups on the subjects of guardianships, special needs trusts and estates, and financial planning for persons with disabilities.

Mr. Hayes has been extensively involved in community organizations serving the disabled and their families. He is a Past President and current Legal Advisor to the SEPP Elderly Housing Corp.; the past Chairman of the Broome County Mental Health Advisory Board; the past Chairman and current Member of the Guardianship Committee, NYSARC Inc.; the Chairman of the Legal Committee for NYSARC, Inc.; a past President and current Director of ACHIEVE; the past President and Director of the Mental Health Association in Broome County Inc.; Director and past Chairman for the ACHIEVE Foundation; and a Trustee of the NYSARC Trust and NYSARC Community Trusts. He is also the Chairman of the Victor and Esther Rozen Foundation.


Practice areas


  1. Wills: 34%
  2. Elder Law: 33%
  3. Estate Planning: 33%

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Hinman, Howard & Kattell, LLP

80 Exchange Street
700 Security Mutual Bldg
Binghamton, NY, 13901


FLMember in Good Standing198206/19/2016
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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Association namePosition nameDuration
Broome County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida BarMemberN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/ALL.B - Bachelor of Laws1964
Lehigh UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1961