Howard S. Krooks, CELA


Boca Raton

(561) 750-3850

(561) 245-6203

Howard’s practice is devoted to elder law and trust and estate matters, including representing seniors and people with special needs and their families in connection with asset preservation planning, supplemental needs trusts, Medicaid, Medicare, planning for disability, guardianship, wills, trusts, and health care planning with advance directives.

Howard is certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation and currently serves as chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section and the board of trustees of the NAELA Foundation. Howard received the 2006 Outstanding Achievement Award from the New York Chapter of NAELA for serving as co-chair of a Special Committee on Medicaid Legislation formed by the NYSBA Elder Law Section to oppose New York Governor George Pataki’s budget bills containing numerous restrictive Medicaid eligibility provisions that, if enacted, would severely impact the frail elderly and disabled populations. He was named Member of the Year in 2010 by the Florida Bar Elder Law Section for his work in obtaining Medicaid approval for the use of promissory notes in Medicaid planning in Florida.  He also was recognized for serving as co-chair of the NYSBA Elder Law Section Compact Working Group, which received national attention for developing alternative methods of financing long-term care. Additionally, Howard served as chair of a Special Committee created by the NYSBA Elder Law Section to address the Statewide Commission on Fiduciary Appointments formed by Chief Justice Judith Kaye. Howard received an award for spearheading the effort on behalf of NAELA seeking the enactment of the Special Needs Trust Fairness Act, which was signed into law by President Obama on December 13, 2016.

Howard has consistently been selected as a Florida Super Lawyer and a New York Super Lawyer, named to Florida Trend’s Legal Elite, a Top 25 Westchester County Attorney, and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

Howard is a frequent lecturer and has addressed many organizations, including Barron’s, NAELA, Stetson Special Needs Conference, ALI-ABA, WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, the National Guardianship Association, various bar associations and attorney organizations, estate planning organizations, Berkeley College, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State United Teachers, and the New York State Civil Service Employees’ Association. He has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Kiplinger’s, USA Today, The New York Post, Newsday, The Journal News, and the Boca Raton News. Howard has appeared on PBS, the CBS Early Morning Show, and local elder law-focused  television programs. Howard has written extensively on the topic of elder including “Creative Advocacy in Guardianship Settings: Medicaid and Estate Planning Including Transfer of Assets, Supplemental Needs Trusts and Protection of Disabled Family Members,” included in Guardianship Practice in New York State and “Long-Term Care Insurance in New York,” included in Estate Planning and Will Drafting in New York, both published by the New York State Bar Association.

Howard is a founding principal of ElderCounsel LLC, the premier elder law and special needs planning document drafting solution for attorneys.

Howard earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from SUNY Albany and his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Best Lawyers Honors More Than 200 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys to its Best Lawyers in America 2024 Edition

August 17, 2023

Best Lawyers selected 232 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s U.S. offices for inclusion in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Super Lawyers Names 12 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to its 2023 Florida List

June 30, 2023

Selection to Super Lawyers is based on peer nominations and evaluations, combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Only 5% of attorneys are named Super Lawyers; only 2.5% of attorneys are listed as Rising Stars.

Understanding the Different Elder Care Options

January 27, 2023

Howard Krooks is quoted in U.S. News & World Report discussing the importance of understanding the various types of elder care facilities and identifying a facility that best suits a patient’s needs. The article describes the differences between custodial, skilled nursing, and home-based care.

Elder Abuse, Exploitation Is 'Rampant,' Says Cozen O'Connor Partner Taking the Helm of Florida Bar Committee

September 12, 2022

"I am of the opinion that the infrastructure for providing long-term care services and supports in the U.S. is failing our elderly population and people with disabilities in a significant way," said Cozen O'Connor partner Howard Krooks.

More Than 200 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named Best Lawyers and Ones to Watch

August 22, 2022

210 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 24 of the firm’s nationwide offices for inclusion in the 2023 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Super Lawyers Names 10 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys to its 2022 Florida List

July 11, 2022

Super Lawyers has named 10 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2022 Florida Super Lawyers list.

Nursing Homes vs. Assisted Living

February 07, 2022

Howard S. Krooks is quoted in an article in Washington Top News that assesses the differences of care that nursing homes and assisted living facilities provide for the elderly

Cozen O’Connor Expands Private Client, Trusts and Estates Group with Six New Attorneys; Opens New South Florida Office in Boca Raton

September 02, 2021

The attorneys, from the boutique firms Morris Law Group and Elder Law Associates PA, are Stuart R. Morris, Ellen S. Morris, Howard S. Krooks, Gregory S. Bloshinsky, Michael S. Gross, and Cassandra Jelincic.


What Do You Mean I am Responsible for Mom and Dad’s Nursing Home Bills?

July 20, 2023

Howard S. Krooks and Chelsea Maizel (Summer Associate) discuss Pennsylvania's filial support statute that requires a spouse, child, or parent of an indigent person who has "sufficient financial ability” has the responsibility to care for and maintain or financially assist such indigent person.

Uniform Guardianship Would Strengthen Adult Protection in Florida

March 15, 2023

Howard Krooks discusses the potential benefits of implementing a uniform guardianship law in Florida in a Bloomberg Law article.

US Supreme Court: Medicaid State Agency Can Wipe Out Tort Recoveries

June 28, 2022

The Supreme Court delivered a blow to tort victims that will expand the ability of states to recoup health care costs from accident victims.

The New York—Florida Connection: Key Developments and Differences in the States’ Long-Term Care Planning Environment [Elder Law and Special Needs Law Journal]

December 29, 2021

Howard S. Krooks contributed an article to the Elder Law and Special Needs Law Journal, a publication of the Elder Law and Special Needs Law Section of the New York State Bar Association.


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 1989
  • SUNY–Albany, B.S., 1986

Awards & Honors

Top Lawyer, Palm Beach Illustrated, 2023

Florida Super Lawyer

New York Super Lawyer

Best Lawyers in America

Florida Trend’s Legal Elite

Top 25 Westchester County Attorney

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

2006 Outstanding Achievement Award, New York Chapter of NAELA

2010 Outstanding Member Award, Florida Bar Elder Law Section

Top Attorneys in Westchester, Westchester Magazine, October 2021

  • Florida
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • Supreme Court of Florida
  • New York Appellate Division, Second Department

Florida Bar Elder Law Section, Chair, 2022-2023

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Past President

New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Past Chair

New York Chapter of NAELA, Past President