What are your office hours?

Our office hours are as follows:
Garden City:    Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Islandia:    Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Bay Shore:    Tuesday and Wednesday 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Lido Beach:    Wednesday and Thursdays 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

By Appointment Only: Manhattan
By Appointment Only: Client appointments can be scheduled on the weekend or in the evening, subject to the attorney’s schedule.

How can I schedule an appointment?

Call us and ask for Susan Hellmuth, Mary Gagliardo or Janet Corsetti.  At that time, we will take basic information and schedule a convenient appointment with one of our attorneys. You can also speak directly to an attorney during this initial call.

What counties does Russo Law Group, P.C. serve?

We serve New York families in Nassau County (Garden City, Lido Beach), Suffolk County (Islandia, Bay Shore), New York (Manhattan), Queens County and Kings County (Manhattan).

How do I evaluate the quality of your law firm?

You can go directly to Super Lawyers, AVVO and Martindale Hubbell.

A number of our attorneys are Super Lawyers.  Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Avvo evaluates a lawyer’s background based on the information available in an attorney’s Avvo profile. They create the rating using a model that considers information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from public sources like state bar associations and lawyer websites. Any information that affects the Avvo Rating is visible in an attorney’s profile.

RUSSO LAW GROUP, P.C. is rated “AV” by Martindale Hubbell. This is the highest rating given to law firms. “A” = Pre-eminence in the legal field. “V” = Highest ethical standards. Martindale Hubbell can be contacted at 1-800-526-4902.

RUSSO LAW GROUP, P.C. has championed the rights of the elderly and persons with special needs since 1985, and is a leader on Long Island in the field of Elder Law. Our staff excels in representing our firm as a team of professionals who continually strive for excellence in meeting the ever changing needs of our clients. We make every effort to collaborate with each other in developing new and effective ways to benefit our clients. Staff meetings, departmental meetings and system meetings provide an open forum and exchange of vital information and new resources.

What is your fee to meet regarding Estate Planning, Elder Law or Special Needs Planning?

Our fee for the initial Planning Meeting is $400 (up to 1 1/2 hours), which includes a scheduled appointment, review of any and all existing documents, advice to the client and an Action Plan.

Do you make home visits?

Yes, we make home visits, when necessary. Our planning meeting is $400 plus travel charges. We are also available for meetings at a hospital, nursing home, or assisted living facility.

What happens to my plan if the laws change?

We will keep you updated by sending you our newsletter “Planning for Today’s concerns via email, by inviting you to free seminars and sending you alerts regarding major changes in the law. You can also visit our website for updated information. You can always come in for a follow-up meeting to review your situation at a discounted fee which will include a summary letter of the meeting.

Do you charge for your services by the hour?

For most of our services, the fee is based upon an amount set forth in an engagement agreement. In some situations, there can be an agreement for an hourly charge.

Does the meeting fee include the preparation of documents?

There is a separate fee to implement estate planning which includes the preparation of legal documents.

Do you charge for the initial meeting with an attorney?

Yes, there is a charge for the initial meeting which pays for the attorney’s time, review of your situation and legal advice. This initial meeting includes, a scheduled appointment, review of any and all existing documents, advice to the client and legal advice.

What do I bring to my initial consultation?

You should bring the completed questionnaire to the initial consultation along with the following (if these documents exist): a copy of the last two years’ tax returns, Last Will and Testament, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives, deed of residence, real estate tax bill, medical and life insurance policies and/or any other information relevant to your situation.

How can you help me?

During your first consultation, you will meet with a highly trained attorney, who will advise you as to your specific need. After an extensive evaluation of your situation, our attorneys will offer suggestions and solutions and propose steps you should take to achieve your goal.

When do I need a Special Needs attorney?

Whether your loved one with special needs is an adult or a child born with special needs, we can help your family. This is the mission of a disability lawyer who is practicing special needs planning. At Russo Law Group, P.C., we have experience working with families who have minor and adult children with special needs. We can help adults with special needs access government benefits. We are also an advocate for your loved one throughout his or her life: from on-going decision making, applying for Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid, to setting up trusts Special Needs Trusts and Pooled Trust accounts, and even acting as trustee for your child’s assets after your death, if you so desire.

Why do I need a Special Needs attorney?

Whether your loved one with special needs is an adult or a child born with special needs, we can help your family. This is the mission of a disability lawyer who is practicing special needs planning. At Russo Law Group, P.C., we work as an advocate for your loved one throughout his or her life: from on-going decision making, applying for Supplemental Security Income and Medicaid, to setting up trusts, and even acting as trustee for your child’s assets after your death, if you so desire.

What is Estate Planning?

Estate planning is not only for the rich or the elite. If you have assets and own property, you have an estate and therefore you need to have a plan! Your estate is what you leave after you pass away. You want to control how it is done, who gets your property, and when. People who do estate planning want to make sure that their assets are passed on to their loved ones without problems, without high legal fees, and without time delays. Sometimes, people do estate planning to make sure that a particular person, such as a spouse or a child, is protected. Often, someone does planning to make sure that they have enough assets to live on for the rest of their life. An estate planning attorney, at a firm like ours, is your best resource to make this all happen.