Laura M. Brancato is a Partner in firm’s Elder Law Litigation, Trust & Estate Litigation and Trusts & Estates Practice Groups who devotes her practice to complex elder law litigation including Article 81 and 17A guardianship proceedings, Article 9 proceedings under the Mental Hygiene Law, power of attorney litigation and Medicaid administrative appeals. Laura also handles surrogate’s court litigation including contested wills, turnover proceedings, judicial accountings and related ligation.
She has extensive experience litigating in New York State Supreme Court, Surrogate’s Court and at all levels of administrative hearings on behalf of her clients. Laura’s Elder Law practice covers a broad range of mental hygiene law issues associated with cognitive impairment, mental and behavioral health, and substance use disorder.
Laura is a member of the Part 36 Fiduciary Appointment list and is regularly appointed by Judges throughout the downstate area in Article 81 proceedings, especially those cases that center on mental health.
As a compliment to her practice, Laura serves as Co-Chair of the Guardianship Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association and Vice-Chair of the Nassau County Bar Association Mental Health Committee. She is also an active member of the New York City Bar Association, Westchester Women’s Bar Association and the Mental Health Committee of the State Bar Association.
Laura is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to adult guardianship proceedings, mental health, power of attorney litigation and related topics. Her written work has been featured in Trusts & Estates Magazine and New York State Bar Association Elder Law Journal.
Prior to working in Elder Law, Laura held a position as an Assistant District Attorney where she tried cases in the Gang/Major Case Unit of the office. Laura received her undergraduate degree from Loyola University in Maryland where she studied political science and business. She received her J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law, where she held an executive board position on the Moot Court Honor Society and conducted pre-trial hearings in State Supreme Court as a law student through the prosecutor’s clinic.