PRACTICESTrusts and Estates
Elder Law and Special Needs Planning
EDUCATIONThe George Washington University, B.A., 2007
Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, C.A.S., 2010
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 2010
- State and Federal Courts of New York
- State and Federal Courts of New Jersey
- United States Supreme Court
- Department of Veterans Affairs
New York State Legislature Considering Law to Permit Transfer on Death Deeds10/23/2023
A pending bill before the New York State Legislature would permit transfer on death deeds (so-called TOD deeds). A TOD deed permits the owner to transfer real property to a named beneficiary or beneficiaries upon the owner’s death. A TOD deed may eliminate the need to probate a simple estate and it would also give the beneficiary an automatic “step-up” in basis that can substantially reduce liability for capital gains taxes.
For more information, please contact a member of our Real Estate or Trusts and Estates Groups.
Sarah A. Steckler Emcees Successful Westchester County Senior Law Day Program09/29/2023
Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Partner Sarah A. Steckler served as the emcee of this year's Westchester County Senior Law Day event held in Hartsdale, New York. She also serves as Co-Chair of the Senior Law Day Collaborative.
Eighteen Warshaw Burstein Lawyers Named Super Lawyers for 202309/22/2023
Eighteen Warshaw Burstein lawyers have been named 2023 Super Lawyers in their respective practice areas in the New York Metro area.
Eric I. Wrubel and Alexis L. Cirel Named Best Lawyers In America for the New York Area in 2024, Sarah A. Steckler and Leron Thumim Named to Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch08/17/2023
Eric I. Wrubel and Alexis L. Cirel, both partners in the Matrimonial and Family Law Group and Co-Chairs of the Fertility Law Group, have been named Best Lawyers in America for the New York Area in 2024.
Sarah A. Steckler, Partner in the Trusts and Estates Group, and Leron Thumim, Counsel in the Litigation Group, have been named to the 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch list.
Partner Sarah Steckler to MC Senior Law Day event08/07/2023
WBNY Partner Sarah Steckler will be the master of ceremonies for a Senior Law Day event for Westchester County residents on September 28th from 10 AM to 12:30 PM.
Warshaw Burstein Joins IR Global07/31/2023
Warshaw Burstein, LLP today announced it has joined IR Global, a multi-disciplinary professional services network that provides legal, accountancy, and financial advice to companies and individuals around the world.
Brain Health Breakthroughs: Life-saving Treatments for Aneurysms, Strokes, and Beyond06/14/2023
Wednesday, June 28th
2:00 – 2:45 PM (note new time)
Register for this FREE webinar for older adults and their families.
Registration URL: https://bit.ly/StrokeWPH
Five Warshaw Burstein Lawyers Named 2023 Top Women Lawyers by Super Lawyers in the New York Metro area03/23/2023 | Super Lawyers
The Warshaw Burstein attorneys recognized this year as Top Women Lawyers in the New York Metro area by Super Lawyers, are Alexis Cirel, Kimberly C. Lau, Sarah A. Steckler, Jennifer Sundt, and Neena Tankha.
Medicaid Regional Rates for Calculating Transfer Penalty Periods for 202312/16/2022
2023 Medicaid regional nursing home rates must be used when calculating a transfer of assets penalty period for coverage of nursing facility services.These rates are based on average private pay nursing home costs in each of the seven regions in New York state.
New York State Announces 2023 Medicaid Income and Asset Levels12/14/2022
Warshaw Burstein takes an individualized approach and collaborates with their care team to understand our clients' circumstances, discussing the applicable laws to formulate a strategy with our client to meet their goals.
End of Year Estate Tax Planning12/12/2022
With the holiday season upon us and gifting in mind, in 2022, you can make a tax-free annual exclusion gift made of cash or of tangible assets such as stocks, real estate or shares of a family business
Sarah A. Steckler to Serve as a Program Chair for NYSBA Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section Annual Meeting Program12/08/2022
Partner Sarah A. Steckler will serve as a Program Chair for the New York State Bar Association’s upcoming Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section Annual Meeting on January 20, 2023.
Older Americans Act Advisory Council (OAAAC) names Sarah Steckler to second three-year term as a member10/05/2022
Sarah Steckler, Partner in the Trusts and Estates Group and Elder Law Group at Warshaw Burstein, LLP, has been named to a second three-year term as a member of the Older Americans Act Advisory Council to provide advice and assistance making recommendations to Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services.
Eighteen Warshaw Burstein Lawyers Named Super Lawyers for 202209/29/2022
Eighteen Warshaw Burstein lawyers were named 2022 Super Lawyers in their respective practice areas in the New York Metro area.
The River Journal recognizes Sarah Steckler's work as a co-chair of the Senior Law Day Collaborative05/20/2022
Partner Sarah A. Steckler was recognized for her work along with her co-chairs of the Senior Law Day Collaborative Elena Falcone, Director of Public Engagement for the Westchester Library System, and Melinda Bellus of Legal Services of the Hudson Valley.
Warshaw Burstein, LLP Trust & Estates, Fertility Law and Matrimonial Law Groups Sponsor PWJC’s Cocktails for a Cause05/16/2022
Warshaw Burstein, LLP is a proud sponsor of the Pace Women’s Justice Center Annual Spring Cocktails for a Cause Party on May 24, 2022.
Sarah A. Steckler Named to Pace Women’s Justice Center’s Friends of Gail Advisory Board04/07/2022
Organization provides free legal services to victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.
Sarah Steckler Moderated Webinar on Understanding Your Social Security Retirement Benefits03/30/2022
This presentation discussed the financial considerations to be made when deciding to take your Social Security Benefits and emphasized the importance of proper timing.
Partner Sarah Steckler Featured on WVOX Radio Show03/25/2022
Sarah Steckler, a partner in the Trusts and Estates and Elder Law groups was a featured guest on "Time to Talk with Jen Graziano" on WVOX 1460 AM on February 28, 2022. Sarah discussed Senior Law Day programs in Westchester County, as well as basic information about trusts and estates planning.
2022 TRUST AND ESTATES UPDATES02/07/2022
The federal gift tax exemption amount for gifts made in the year 2022 is $12.06 million per person ($24.12 million for a married couple) up from $11.7 million in 2021. However, the exemption amount will be reduced by approximately one-half on January 1, 2026, if Congress does not act to make the higher exemption amount permanent.
Updated Nursing Home Visitation Guidelines In New York State01/14/2022
On January 7th, Governor Hochul announced as of January 12, 2022, all visitors to nursing homes must present a negative COVID test, wear a high-quality mask, and physically distance from all facility personnel, visitors and patients.
Partner Sarah A. Steckler co-presented “Organizing Your Successful Aging Plan and Meeting the Challenges of Caregiving: A Fresh Approach to Elder Law”01/12/2022
On January 12, Sarah A. Steckler and Cornelia Schimert virtually discussed the legal, financial, and caregiving tools available to plan for the golden years.
2022 Medicaid Income and Asset Levels01/07/2022
Warshaw Burstein, LLP provides sophisticated and cost-effective Elder Law services available to seniors and individuals with disabilities. We take an individualized approach and collaborate with their care team to understand our clients’ circumstances and personal goals.
Medicaid Regional Rates for Calculating Transfer Penalty Periods for 202201/07/2022
The New York State Department of Health has increased the 2022 Medicaid regional nursing home rates which must be used when calculating a transfer of assets penalty period for coverage of nursing facility services. These rates are based on average private pay nursing home costs in each of the seven regions in the State.
Sarah A. Steckler, Partner at Warshaw & Burstein, LLP, Moderated “Financial Fitness for Seniors During the Holidays & Beyond”12/15/2021
Sarah A. Steckler, a Partner within Warshaw & Burstein’s Trusts and Estates Group, was the moderator of the panel "Financial Fitness for Seniors During the Holidays & Beyond" at the Senior Law Day Collaborative on Wednesday, December 15. The event took place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. virtually over Zoom.
New Law Requirements for Powers of Attorney In New York State06/22/2021
Effective June 13, 2021, New Yorkers are now required to use a new power of attorney form.
Sarah A. Steckler Joins Warshaw Burstein as Partner, Launches Elder Law Practice with Partner Peter Lese, Joins Fertility Law Group05/20/2021Warshaw Burstein, LLP, a full-service law firm in New York City, today announced Sarah A. Steckler has joined the firm as a partner in the Trusts and Estates and Fertility Law groups. She will also launch an Elder Law Practice with Peter L. Lese, Partner and Chair of the firm’s Trusts and Estates Group.