We Care About What We Do

At Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, we care about helping you. Our care and attention to detail for our clients is renowned among families and legal professionals in New York City and Long Island. When we represent you, we leave nothing unexamined.

With more than 30 years of experience, our law firm has an intimate understanding of the estate planning needs of New York families. Over the years, we have shaped our services to provide comprehensive planning resources for your family.

A Holistic Approach To Estate Planning

We do not see your will or a trust as a single element. Instead, we view your estate plan as a whole, and understand how changing one document can affect everything else. In addition to our drafting, administration and litigation services, we work as tax attorneys, and can guide you in tax planning for your estate.

This approach allows you security and clarity for your future while also proactively minimizing your tax burden along the way.

Read more about the experience of each member of our firm by following the links below.

Attorneys

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.
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Elizabeth Forspan, Esq.

Elizabeth Forspan, Esq.
Elizabeth Forspan is the managing attorney of Ronald Fatoullah & Associates. Elizabeth's areas of practice include estate planning, taxation, elder care and Medicaid planning, guardianships, and estate litigation. She regularly assists clients in achieving their Medicaid and estate planning goals in a tax efficient manner through practical and considerate planning techniques.
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Stacey Meshnick, Esq.

Stacey Meshnick, Esq.
Stacey Meshnick joined Ronald Fatoullah & Associates in 1996 and now leads our busy Medicaid department. As supervisor of the Medicaid department at the firm, Stacey oversees the paralegals and assists clients with various aspects of long-term care planning, estate planning, preparation of wills and trusts, advance directives and guardianships.
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Debby Rosenfeld, Esq.

Debby Rosenfeld, Esq.
After practicing as a tax attorney for many years in both the legal and corporate arena, Debby Rosenfeld decided to enter the field of elder law and has been engaged in the practice ever since.
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Lian Kuang-Maoga, Esq.

Lian Kuang-Maoga, Esq.
Prior to Joining Ronald Fatoullah & Associates in 2010, Lian worked as a case manager for homebound Chinese elders. Lian Kuang-Maoga selected the field of elder law, after recognizing the need for legal assistance among the Chinese elder community. Her ability to speak Cantonese, Mandarin and Taishanese provides great comfort to Chinese elders, who might not otherwise seek counseling due to language and cultural barriers. Lian is able to gain their trust and ensure that they and their families receive the appropriate and necessary assistance they need.
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Eva Schwechter, Esq.

Eva Schwechter, Esq.
Prior to Joining Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, Eva interned at a Long Island Law firm, preparing Medicaid Applications, creating wills and trusts, drafting documents for probate proceedings and Article 81 guardianship petitions.
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Joseph Breningstall J.D.

Joseph Breningstall J.D.
Joseph Breningstall joined Ronald Fatoullah & Associates as a law clerk while attending law school in 2017. He has recently passed the bar and his admission is pending. Joseph provides support to the firm's senior attorneys by assisting them with the drafting of wills, trusts and advance directives. Joseph acts as a liaison between the firm, co-op boards and their attorneys to facilitate the transfer of co-op properties into trusts.
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Adam D. Solomon, Esq.

Adam D. Solomon, Esq.
Adam Solomon joined the firm in March 2019 as a member of the Estate Litigation department. He also supports the firm's estate planning and administration departments; including the preparation of various estate planning documents such as Wills, Trusts and Advanced Directives and the administration of Estates & Trusts.
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Paralegals

Vitina Muirhead

Vitina Murihead
Prior to joining Ronald Fatoullah & Associates in 2001, Vitina worked in the Medicaid and legal fields for 23 years. She is a former Senior Fair Hearing Paralegal (Medicaid Appeals) and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm's nursing home and community Medicaid applications.

AmyWong

Amy Wong

Amy joins Ronald Fatoullah & Associates with a combined five years of experience as a law clerk and paralegal in the area of elder law. Amy's responsibilities include the preparation and submission of client Medicaid applications.

Languages: English, Cantonese Chinese

Angus

Angus Saunders

Angus is a graduate of the Queens College paralegal studies program. Prior to joining Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, he worked in various areas of public service, including at a long-term care case management agency.

Angus has a B.A. from SUNY Albany and an M.A. from the University of Toronto. He speaks Russian, having studied and worked in Russia for several years.

Support Staff

Celeste

Celeste Panzarella

As the assistant to Ronald Fatoullah, Celeste introduces new clients to the firm and explains the firm's procedures. She also handles the appointments for new client consultations and assists the staff in preparing and notarizing client documents.

Ms. Panzarella has been with Ronald Fatoullah & Associates since 1990.

Terry

Terry Hochler

Terry Hochler, who joined the firm in 2012, assists the attorneys with deed transfers, document preparation and execution, and general office support. When she is not working, Terry enjoys performing in Gilbert & Sullivan operettas and other musical endeavors.

Judy

Judy Goodbinder

Judy Goodbinder has been with Ronald Fatoullah & Associates for more than 10 years. She handles the firm's busy reception desk, meeting and greeting clients, coordinating incoming calls, and lends general office support to the staff.

Helen Kantares

Helen joined Ronald Fatoullah & Associates in 2005 and provides general administrative support to the staff. Helen assists with reception, billing and file maintenance.

Jackie

Jackie Rothermel

Jackie recently joined the firm in January of 2018 as the marketing and outreach coordinator. She has a strong background in the elder law business and understands the challenges and needs of our clients.

All the attorneys at Ronald Fatoullah & Associates enjoy lecturing and providing elder law updates to the community. We frequently conduct seminars providing information on essential documents that seniors should have, the importance of proper estate and financial planning and how to be prepared for unexpected long-term health care needs and applying for Medicaid. We also frequently conduct in-service presentations at elder care facilities.

If you would like to discuss a presentation or lecture, please give Jackie a call at our Great Neck office.

Audrey

Audrey Jussen

Audrey has been the bookkeeper for Ronald Fatoullah & Associates for 14 years. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends at the beach. She also enjoys bike riding, music, dancing and traveling.

Claudia

Claudia Feehan

Claudia joined Ronald Fatoullah & Associates in November 2017 as a legal administrator. She is responsible for closing out consult notes and opening matters for the attorneys. She provides general administrative support to the attorneys and staff, and she is the administrative assistant to our managing attorney, Elizabeth Forspan.

Present In The Community

In addition to our service from five office locations, our lawyers regularly speak at events related to estate planning and elder care, including the AARP and Arthritis Foundation.

Get in touch with us at our offices in Great Neck and Cedarhurst on Long Island, or Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn in the city. Call 1-877-ELDER-LAW or send an email to schedule your appointment.