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WENDY K. GOIDEL, ESQ.

Principal

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CONNIE WASSERMAN

Director of Concierge Care Coordination

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TIFFANY A. GHICAS, ESQ.

Associate

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KAREN KRETZ

Client Services Coordinator

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KATIE MCALONEY

Paralegal & Relationship Manager

WENDY K. GOIDEL, ESQ.

PRINCIPAL

Wendy

BIO

Wendy K. Goidel, Esq. is the founding and managing member of Goidel Law Group PLLC and its Estate Planning & Elder Law Center.  She is also the founder and co-developer of Concierge Care Coordination®, a holistic practice model.  For the past 24 years, Wendy has concentrated in the areas of elder law, estate and long-term care planning, estate and trust administration, special needs planning and guardianships.  For a decade before that, she was a civil litigator.  While two of Wendy’s goals are to keep her clients out of court and facilitate family harmony, she can be an effective advocate and negotiator when needed.  Wendy is also affiliated with Borah Goldstein Altschuler Nahins & Goidel, P.C., a full service real estate law firm in New York City. 

 

Wendy is extremely passionate about her practice and clients.  Clients and advisors consistently describe her as an educator and problem solver who listens before educating clients on topics of concern to them.  She is also an out-of-the-box thinker who innovates and implements new programs and services designed to improve the quality of life for her clients and their family members.

 

Wendy strives to provide services in a compassionate, caring and professional manner while respecting the dignity, and promoting the independence of, individuals experiencing critical care needs.  Recognizing that conversations about disability and death are quite difficult and emotional, Wendy is committed to diffusing tension and eliminating stress and frustration.  She earns her clients’ respect and confidence and creates lasting relationships with them and their family members so that their planning will work for them through all phases of their lives.

 

Wendy frequently speaks on elder law and estate planning topics for community organizations and support groups and has participated as an author and lecturer for continuing education programs.  She is also sought after as a guest presenter for many wealth management advisors.

 

Wendy gives back to the community and serves on the board of directors of Make-A-Wish, Suffolk County, NY.


EDUCATION
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University, J.D. (1987)
Syracuse University, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, B.S., Newspaper Journalism, magna cum laude (1984)

BAR ADMISSIONS & ACCREDIDATIONS

New York (1988)

Connecticut (1987)
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Department of Veterans' Affairs (preparation, prosecution and presentation of claims for veterans benefits)


AFFILIATIONS

National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
Wealth Counsel
Elder Counsel
Lawyers With Purpose
New York State Bar Association

Nassau County Bar Association
Suffolk County Bar Association
Long Island Family Caregiver Coalition
Senior Umbrella Network (Nassau, Suffolk and Queens)
Elder Care Matters Alliance

National Care Planning Council

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CONNIE WASSERMAN

DIRECTOR OF CONCIERGE CARE COORDINATION

BIO
As a licensed clinical social worker, Connie provides much needed counseling and support to their care partners and family members. As the Director of Concierge Care Coordination®, Connie will continue to provide the compassionate care and services which clients and their families appreciate and expect, while expanding and increasing the depth and breadth of CCC services and programs. With her expertise and stewardship, CCC will continue to be a leader in the field of geriatric care coordination and management.

 

Prior to joining Goidel Law Group, Connie was the Senior Associate Executive Director at the Sid Jacobson Jewish Community Center (“JCC”) in East Hills, New York. During her two-decade tenure, Connie developed the JCC’s renowned “Friendship Circle” adult day programs for all ages and stages of
neurodegenerative conditions. Significantly, she was instrumental in the creation of the first of its kind program for individuals ranging in age from 30 to 60 with Younger Onset dementia. The implementation of this program helped to raise awareness about, and bring attention to, the condition of Frontal Temporal Degeneration, a rare neurodegenerative disease which is the most common form of dementia for individuals under the age of 60. Connie’s vision, creativity, clinical skills, and business sense enabled her to grow, reorganize, and develop many areas of the JCC including its Center for People with Special Needs. This includes the HUB, the Career Center and the Vocational Training Center where vocational interns operate a café within the JCC.

 

As an expert and leader in the field, Connie has spoken at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Young Onset Symposium and National Conference, in addition to the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration. As a staunch advocate for individuals with dementia, Connie assisted Rep. Kathleen Rice
in drafting the Younger Onset Parity Act which amended the Older Americans Act to include individuals under the age of 60. The amendment was groundbreaking, as it opened the door for individuals of all ages with a neurocognitive degenerative disease to qualify for benefits. On the floor of the United States House of Representatives, Rep. Rice commended Connie for her advocacy work and assistance.

 

Connie’s personal experience as a caregiver provided valuable insight into the challenges faced by individuals who are frail, chronically ill, or managing a neurodegenerative disease. She has facilitated support groups which educate caregivers and encourage them to practice self-care and avoid “burn out.”

EDUCATION
New York University, MSW (1996)
Hofstra University, BA (1975)

AFFILIATIONS

Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association, Long Island Chapter
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Member, Aging Life Care Association

TIFFANY A. GHICAS, ESQ.

ASSOCIATE

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BIO

Tiffany A. Ghicas has practiced in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, guardianships, and elder law since 2017 when she was admitted to the New York bar.  She developed a passion for these practice areas after experiencing the negative effects of a relative’s poor estate planning.

 

Tiffany strives to make clients feel comfortable while creating estate plans tailored to their individual needs. Coming from a Greek background, family is extremely important to Tiffany.  Thus, she treats clients as if they are part of her own family. Especially after a loved one’s passing, Tiffany strives to guide and support the family and to make the estate administration process as smooth as possible.

 

Tiffany has extensive experience representing nursing homes and individuals in guardianship proceedings throughout Long Island and the five boroughs of New York. 

 

Tiffany also has international experience, having studied Commercial Law and Dispute Resolution in Croatia and Entertainment and Media Law in London.  Prior to discovering her passion for estate planning and elder law, Tiffany worked in the music industry where she organized seminars and managed up and coming artists.

 

Tiffany is a lifelong resident of Queens County where she currently resides with her family.

 

EDUCATION

J.D., Touro Law School, 2015

B.F.A., cum laude, C.W. Post-Long Island University, 2010

 

AFFILIATIONS

Hellenic Lawyers Association

Nassau County Bar Association (Elder Law Section)

New York State Bar Association (Trust and Estates and Elder Law Sections)

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