The Law Office of Jim D. Sarlis

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Here, we offer information to help you better understand the fields of law in which we concentrate.  We also tell you about what we do and who we are.

We hope you find the information presented here helpful. 

We look forward to being of service to you, as well as your family and friends.


From explaining how the law applies to your situation,  to planning, document drafting, transactions and litigation, we provide high-quality legal advice and representation that fits with each client's goals and needs.                           


Welcome to our website, where you can find out more about our firm and the fields of law in which we concentrate. 

At our office, we understand the legal issues facing people today. That's why our practice is devoted to protecting the lives and legacies of our clients.

Our motto is: "big firm knowledge, small firm attention."  That's because our background and New York City location allow us to offer our clients benefits usually associated with large law firms, while also offering them the personal service only a small firm can give. 

Our practice concentrates on the interrelated fields of law that affect the most important moments in the lives or our clients and their loved ones:  elder law, trusts & estates, Medicaid planning, guardianship, Wills, real estate law, and business planning. 

We are a full service law firm, meaning that we can handle all the steps commonly encountered across one or more of these fields, all under one roof.  This gives you seamless and complete guidance and representation from beginning to end.  From explaining how the law applies to your situation, and drafting the documents you need, to handling transactions such as purchases or sales, and advocating for you before a government agency or in Court, we can assist you in all phases of your representation.   We even handle appeals.  We can also analyze situations from a variety of angles, to avoid lawsuits, preserve assets, and minimize taxes.

We understand that, when you come to us, you are confused, you feel stressed, and you have lots of questions.  We also understand how important the fields of law in which we concentrate are to our clients.  The decisions we help them make affect the assets they may have taken a lifetime to accumulate, and go to the very core of their lives, as well as the lives of their loved ones.  We help to make sure that you, or your parent, or your child, are taken care of.  Maintaining dignity and giving you peace of mind.  Along the way, we strive to preserve your assets and protect them from things like taxes and losses.  That way there is more to pass on to future generations. 

What's New:

Jim D. Sarlis has become a member of a NYS Bar Association committee:  As of June 1, 2023, at the invitation of the NYS Bar Association committee on Animals and the Law, Mr. Sarlis has become a member.  His duties will include working on new legislation in the State of New York, as well as a compendium of the laws regarding therapy dogs and service animals. He is also writing articles on these issues to be published in the NYS Bar Association Laws & Paws Journal.

Pet Trusts seminar:  Jim D. Sarlis Esq. was invited to teach a seminar on Pet Trusts, which he presented as part of the NYS Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education webinars to lawyers.  Entitled "Pet Trusts: Caring for Fluffy and Fido After You're Gone," it was co-sponsored by the NYS Bar Association's Committee on Animals and the Law, The Trusts & Estates Law Section, and the Elder Law and Special Needs Section. 

Our article was published in the NYS Bar Association Laws & Paws Journal:  The Cold Hard Facts About Soft Warm Down

We have been cited in an interesting article:  My Cat is Selling Real Estate-Why? By Ethan Atkinson - OnlineEd Blog 

Important News:

New Power of Attorney Law and Forms:  The New York Power of Attorney law and forms changed as of June 13, 2021.  While older Power of Attorney forms signed prior to June 13, 2021 will be "grandfathered" and still remain valid, as of June 13th, the new forms must be used and must be executed in accordance with the new law.

Drastic changes to Medicaid Law coming up: New York passed a law imposing a 30 month "look back" period for assets transferred on Home Care/Community Medicaid cases, as well as other restrictions, as of January 1, 2022.  Because of the COVID pandemic, however, its implementation has been extended.  Time is running out because the asset transfers, planning documents, Medicaid application, and any medical evaluations and paperwork, all must be completed by the extended date (which has been extended again, at this point to March 31, 2024).

Call or email us today to discuss these changes and any other questions you might have about your particular situation.

Be sure to check out our various sections listed in the navigation bar at the top of the website for more information. 

Check out our Articles & Bulletins, Videos, and Blog sections for information, news, videos, and in-depth articles relevant to the fields of law in which we concentrate.  There you can find the most recent entries from our blog, which presents timely news and bulletins on issues ranging from medical breakthroughs, to Halloween Laws and Gumby's 50th birthday, to updates on elder law, Medicaid planning, trusts & estates, and real estate law.  We even report noteworthy court decisions.

You can also use our "Search this site" feature at the top of the page and type in the topic you want to find -- it will guide you right to the relevant sections.  

Our office is accessible from Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, and all of New York City and Long Island; we service and have clients from all our neighboring communities, including Jamaica, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Laurelton, Cambria Heights, Briarwood, Astoria, Corona, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Whitestone, Bayside, Hollis, Flushing, Richmond Hill, Rosedale, Queens Village, Bellerose, Valley Stream, Lynbrook, Oceanside, Elmont, Hempstead, Melville, Merrick, Amityville, Floral Park, New Hyde Park, Queens County, Kings County, Nassau County, Suffolk County, and all of the metropolitan New York City and Long Island area.  Click on Directions to Our Office for information on how to get to our office by car or public transportation.

We hope you find the information presented here helpful.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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