Craig and Christine Andreoli

Craig A. Andreoli, Esq.

Craig A. Andreoli, Esq., is the founding partner of Andreoli Law Group, P.C., located in Islandia, New York, a family-owned firm that he operates together with his wife and partner, Christine. Andreoli Law Group, P.C.’s very personal approach to elder law & Medicaid planning and estate planning was developed by Craig after seeing his grandmother suffer from Alzheimer’s disease for 12 years and lose her hard-earned life savings to pay for long-term care.

In an attempt to help select families avoid the hardships that his own family suffered, Craig developed a process that structures and implements Medicaid pre-planning, sophisticated gifting, and estate tax planning techniques. Clients using this process have seen an immediate reduction in stress and family disputes, and an increase in savings and asset preservation. Craig’s practice also focuses on the explanation and implementation of trusts, wills, advanced directives, and the appropriate ownership of real property to help his clients prepare for the present and the unexpected future. Craig emphasizes the importance of protecting assets and ensuring that documents are drawn up to reflect his clients’ wishes. Craig understands the sensitive nature of elder law and estate planning matters and planning for the future. His clients appreciate his gentle nature and ability to explain the law in plain language to ensure an understanding on the part of the clients that is essential to a good working relationship. Craig is dedicated to providing quality legal services to his clients and treating every client with the utmost care and personal attention they deserve.

Craig received his Juris Doctorate from New York Law School in 1993, where he received the prestigious Frederick W. Scholem Academic Scholarship. He is admitted to the Bars of the State of New York and the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York. Craig is a member of the New York State Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association. He is an active participant in the Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Committees of both Bar Associations and a member of the Solo & Small Firm Practitioners Committee of the Suffolk County Bar Association. Craig was also a New York State Office of Court Administration Certified Court Evaluator.

Craig was selected by the administrators of the Mills Ponds Elementary School in St. James, New York to sit on the Citizens’ Advisory Committee on Instruction and Housing to represent the interests of the students and parents of that elementary school at the Smithtown School District Board meetings.  Craig also sat on the Executive Board of the Kids Clubhouse of Suffolk, Inc. for two years.

Craig has been published in Newsday’s “Ask the Expert” column and in Long Island Advance’s “Senior Living Section”.  Craig is a frequent lecturer throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties to consumers, professionals such as financial planners, and fraternal and civic organizations to educate the population on senior issues, health care, and asset preservation.  He is also a frequent presenter for the Alzheimer’s Association in connection with their “Legal and Financial Planning” conferences.

Craig resides in Remsenburg with his wife and partner Christine and their three children.

Christine Andreoli, Esq.

Christine Andreoli, Esq. is a partner of Andreoli Law Group, P.C., located in Islandia, New York, a family-owned firm that she operates together with her husband and partner, Craig. For seventeen years, Christine focused her skills as an attorney on helping injured people defend their rights against insurance companies that denied them coverage on their claims. Christine’s efforts usually resulted in securing coverage and ensuring that her clients received the medical and financial damages to which they were entitled. She is now utilizing the knowledge and experience obtained from the field of insurance coverage defense in the fields of probate & estate administration and elder law.

Christine decided to join Craig at Andreoli Law Group, P.C. in 2009 because she, too, had a personal desire to help clients with elder law issues. As a child in the late 1970s, Christine watched her grandfather suffer for five years with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Neither Christine’s grandmother nor any of her other relatives knew they could receive care at home for her grandfather paid for by the government. The family had no choice but to put him in a state-run institution since no nursing homes would accept him at that time because he was incontinent. It was devastating to the family.

Moreover, shortly before joining the Andreoli Law Group, P.C., Christine’s father was diagnosed with dementia and, a few years after that, with Parkinson’s disease. Christine painfully watched her father deteriorate over eleven years, and her mother, his primary caregiver, became more and more stressed as her husband’s condition worsened. She finally agreed to get help caring for him at home, which Craig and Christine helped her obtain.

In an effort to help families avoid the hardships that both their families suffered, Christine assisted Craig with developing a process that structures and implements Medicaid pre-planning. Her devotion to helping others and her compassion for excellence is only dwarfed by her attention to detail.

Now, Christine focuses her efforts at Andreoli Law Group, P.C.. on helping their clients make sense of Probate and Administration proceedings, the legal process of court-supervised administration of an estate when someone dies with or without a Last Will & Testament, as well as with Community Care Medicaid and the use of Pooled Trusts.

Christine received her Juris Doctorate from St. John’s University School of Law in 1992 after receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1989. Christine is admitted to practice law before the Courts of the States of New York and Connecticut. She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and is an active participant in the Elder Law, Surrogate’s Court, and Solo & Small Firm Practitioners’ Committees of the Suffolk County Bar Association.  Christine also served for four years on her local PTA Executive Board in the positions of Corresponding Secretary and Recording Secretary.

Christine resides in Remsenburg with her husband and partner Craig and their three children.

Jessica Klersy

Jessica M. Klersy is an Associate Attorney at the Andreoli Law Group, P.C.  Jessica overcame many hardships after losing her hearing at age seventeen. Jessica faced discrimination and pushback from educational institutions to provide the accommodations to which she was entitled.  Fortunately for Jessica, she was an amazing advocate for herself, and she received the help she needed, but she had a family member who had significant disabilities and was unable to advocate for himself against discrimination and mistreatment by others.  As a result of watching his suffering, Jessica decided to enter law school to help advocate for individuals with special needs and provide these individuals with the voice they need to protect their interests.  One of Jessica’s accomplishments during law school was her participation in the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center’s Elder Law Clinic.  In the clinic, Jessica assisted elderly individuals who did not have family and needed help with various aspects of their lives or who were mistreated by family members.  It was in the guardianship documents that Jessica helped to draft and were ultimately submitted to the Court by a law professor that she advocated for their rights and ensured they received the proper care and protection of their hard-earned assets.

Jessica merged the knowledge she learned from her time at the Elder Law Clinic with her passion to advocate for individuals with special needs and the elderly and now continues to work with the Courts on guardianship matters.  Jessica understands the devastating implications of not having a trust, will, or advanced directives in place could have on families. Jessica also focuses her practice on the protection of assets with properly drafted estate planning documents to prepare clients for the unexpected.  Jessica understands the sensitive nature of elder law and special needs planning and utilizes a gentle approach in the explanation and implementation of each client’s individualized plan to fit his/her specific needs.  Jessica has an innate ability to explain the laws in plain language to ensure that clients understand them.  Jessica gives the clients at the Andreoli Law Group, P.C. personal attention and she displays a great passion and sense of caring for them.  Jessica is committed to providing quality legal services to each client and ensures each client’s needs are met.

Jessica received her Juris Doctorate degree from Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in May 2017, and was admitted to the New York State Bar in June 2017 after passing the bar exam during her final semester of law school.  Jessica also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Therapeutic Recreation from St. Joseph’s College in 2014.

Jessica is a member of the New York State Bar Association as well as an alumni member of the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity-Touro Chapter.  Jessica is also a Certified Court Appointed Court Evaluator, Guardian and Attorney for the AIP in Article 81 matters in Suffolk, Nassau, and Queens Counties.  Jessica’s accomplishments include being a recipient of an academic achievement scholarship given to her by Touro Law Center, being the only recipient of the New York State Bar Association’s Honorable Joel K. Asarch Elder Law and Special Needs Section scholarship, and being one of only four students in the 2017 Pro Bono Scholar Program at Touro Law Center, which allowed her to take the Bar exam prior to graduating law school.

Anthony W. Russo, Esq. – Of Counsel

Anthony has been practicing law for over 25 years and focuses on residential and commercial real estate transactions representing buyers, sellers, and lenders in multi-million dollar transactions. He has successfully represented many purchasers and sellers of businesses and other assets. He handles lease negotiations for small to large-scale operations, including nationally recognized franchises, large property owners, and mall owners.

Prior to joining the firm, Anthony served as the managing partner of a mid-sized Long Island-based litigation practice for 21 years after several years as an associate at one of New York’s largest insurance defense firms with offices throughout the world.

Anthony received his Juris Doctorate Degree from Hofstra University School of Law in 1991 and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Hofstra University in 1988. He is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut as well as the Eastern District of New York, the Southern District of New York, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also completed the Trial Advocacy Skills Diploma for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Anthony resides in Melville, NY, and is active in his community, coaching competitive fast-pitch softball up and down the East Coast and involving many charitable causes, including animal welfare organizations.

Anthony W. Russo, Esq.
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