Kristen is nationally recognized for her proficiency in Special Needs Trust planning for persons challenged by disabilities, and is a frequent speaker and author on this topic. She is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), and an active member of the Special Needs Alliance, where she has recently served as Co-Editor of the organizations monthly e-newsletter, The Voice. She is also a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the American Bar Association, the New York Bar Association Elder Law Section, and the State Bar of Georgia Fiduciary Law Section. She is a former Co-Chair of the Long-Term Care, Medicaid and Special Needs Trusts Committee of the Elder Law, Disability Planning and Bioethics Group of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of the ABA.
Kristen has authored numerous articles on the topic of special needs planning for multiple national publications, including, Estate Planning, Probate & Property, and the Journal of Estate & Tax Planning. In recent years, she has given frequent lectures on the topics of Elder Financial Abuse and Special Needs Planning for Persons with Disabilities.
Kristen received her Bachelor of Arts degree in French and political science, with highest honors, from Wellesley College in 1981. She earned her Juris Doctorate from Cornell Law School in 1984. She is admitted to practice law in both New York and Georgia. Since 2012, Kristen has been selected for inclusion in Georgia Super Lawyers in Estate Planning and Probate. Additionally, since 2013, she has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in Trusts and Estates.
Bar Admissions, Organizations, and Associations
State Bar of Georgia
New York State Bar Association
American Bar Association
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)