Lauren I. Mechaly focuses her practice on elder law, special needs planning, estate planning, and estate administration.
As an elder law practitioner, she assists seniors with a variety of legal issues, including estate planning and long-term care planning. This also includes establishing and maintaining eligibility for means-tested government benefits, assisting in nursing home admissions and obtaining homecare services for the elderly.
As a special needs practitioner, Ms. Mechaly assists individuals with special needs and their families in promoting the best quality of life for disabled individuals. She assists in establishing and maintaining eligibility for government benefits, and in obtaining community support and services for individuals with disabilities. She also assists financial institutions and corporate fiduciaries with judicial and administrative accountings, and offers counseling in the administration of special needs trusts.
As an estate planner, Ms. Mechaly deals with issues pertaining to estate and tax planning and asset preservation. She assists clients with the tax efficient transfer of assets during life and after death, crafting customized estate plans to meet the individual needs of her clients. This includes the preparation of estate planning documents such as Wills, Trusts and Advance Directives.
Ms. Mechaly has authored and/or co-authored articles relating to various matters in her practice areas.
Prior to joining Schenck, Price, Smith & King, LLP, Ms. Mechaly was an associate in the Private Clients, Trusts & Estates group of a large firm in New York City.
Areas of Concentration
Focusing on her New York and New Jersey practice in special needs planning and advocacy; planning for incapacity; guardianships and conservatorships; Medicaid planning, applications and appeals; representation of financial institutions, executors, trustees, guardians, and individuals; and will and trust reformations.