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New York Elder Law
Estate Planning | Trusts & Wills | Probate | Medicaid
Great Neck - Long Island - Manhattan - Queens - Brooklyn
AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Rating
Serving New York for Over Three Decades

Ronald Fatoullah, Esq.

Ronald Fatoullah, Esq

Ronald Fatoullah is a top elder law attorney with a commitment to the highest form of professional and ethical standards that has earned this firm their distinguished reputation.

With core values of honesty, integrity and excellence, Mr. Fatoullah has devoted his career to helping others understand the legal and financial challenges of aging. As a leading practitioner in his field, he has been honored by many organizations for his achievements and contributions to the senior citizen community and has a twelve year inclusion as one of the "Best Lawyers"® in New York, in the fields of elder law & trusts & estates and a ten consecutive year inclusion as a "Super Lawyer".

Attorney Fatoullah lectures frequently to both the public and private factors on aging, elder law estate planning. His contributing articles may be found in the New York Times, Newsday, the Wall Street Journal, The Queens Courier, and various online publications devoted to senior citizen issues.

Fatoullah is Co-Chair of the Financial Planning and Investments Committee of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), is the Co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Alzheimer's Association and also serves as Chair of their legal committee. He was also recently selected to serve on the Executive Council of AARP.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Trusts & Wills
  • Estate Planning

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts, 1977
  • New York, 1977


  • St. John's University School of Law, Jamaica, New York
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1973
    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude

Published Works

  • Lead article for the Encyclopedia of Financial Gerontology
  • “Plan Ahead-Don’t Procrastinate”, Society of Certified Senior Advisors, Dec. 2018
  • “Not All Brokers/Advisors Are Created Equal-Make Sure Your Client Receives Investment Advice
  • from a Fiduciary”, NYS Bar Association, Nov. 2018
  • “A Great Gift to Leave Your Family”, The Elder Guide, Aug. 2018
  • “Elder Care Planning: How to Avoid a Turnover Proceeding”, Nassau Lawyer, May 2017
  • “How the DOL Fiduciary Rule Will Protect Seniors”, Financial Planning & Investments Committee of the NYSBA Elder Law & special Needs Section, NY Law Journal, April 2016
  • “A Passion For Doing Good-Ronald Fatoullah, Esq., CELA, CAP”, NAELA News, Nov. 2015
  • “A Primer on the Taxation of Supplemental Needs Trusts”, NAELA News, Dec. 2015
  • "Is Your Financial Advisor Acting In Your Best Interest?”, NAELA NY, May 2015
  • “Lessons From a Lost Will”, Parkinson’s Resource Center, Aug. 2015
  • “Charitable Giving-A Smart and Worthy Decision”, Queens Library Resource Center, Sept. 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the National Elder Law Foundation
  • “Best Lawyers”® in New York - Litigation - Trusts and Estates - 2007-2018
  • “Best Lawyers”® in New York - Trusts and Estates - 2007-2018
  • “Best Lawyers”® in New York - 2019
  • “Best Lawyers”® in New York - Elder Law - 2007-2018
  • Rose Kryzak Award for his “Years of Outstanding Legal Services to the Senior Population”
  • Arthritis Foundation, New York City Chapter, “Community Leaders Award”
  • “World Award” from the Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn
  • “Achievement in Elder Care-Estate Planning Award” from the Varadi Ovarian Initiative for Cancer Education
  • “Senior Care Humanitarian Award” from the Sephardic Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
  • “Parker Platinum Professional” by Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation
  • “Building Bridges” Award from AARP
  • "Super Lawyers"10 years for Elder Law

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Queens County Bar, Member, Elder Law Section
  • Nassau County Bar, Member, Elder Law Section
  • The New York State Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Medicaid Sub-Committee
  • New York State Bar Association (NYSBA),Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Co-Chair, Financial Planning and Investments Committee

Pro Bono Activities

  • Senior Citizen Consultation Clinics of the Nassau Cty Bar Association
  • AARP, Executive Council
  • Long Island Alzheimer’s Association - Co-chair, Board of Directors
  • Long Island Alzheimer’s Association - Chair, Legal Committee


  • English
  • French


  • Phi Beta Kappa