Peter J. Strauss

Of Counsel New York
Phone: (212) 248-3194
Fax: (212) 248-3141


Peter J. Strauss counsels on trusts and estate law, elder law and guardianship law with a particular focus on the legal problems of seniors and persons with disabilities. He frequently lectures on these topics, and is considered to be one of the pioneers in elder law in the United States.

Peter has special interest in issues involving capacity for the execution of legal documents and making health care decisions and the legal issues and rights of persons with respect to health care treatment at the end of life. He is known for his work in counseling individuals with disabilities, parents of children with special needs, designing special needs trusts, and advising clients as to how to pay for long term care.

Peter is Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School, where he has taught Elder Law since 1990, and director of the Elder Law Clinic (which he founded in 2003) and the Wills Clinic (which he established in 2013).


Peter is a prolific author and has written articles for various professional publications, including the New York Law Journal. He is the coauthor of "Aging and the Law," a treatise for professionals published by Commerce Clearing House, Inc., and a consumer book, The Complete Retirement Survival Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Safeguard Your Money, Your Health and Your Independence (Facts-on-File, Inc.).

Peter has addressed the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Financial Services Association (formerly the International Association for Financial Planning), the American Bankers Association, the College for Financial Planning, the American Society of CLU and ChFC, the Heckerling Institute of the University of Miami School of Law, various Estate Planning Council chapters, the Alzheimer's Association and the New York University School of Law Institute on Taxation.


Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estates Council (ACTEC) (2013)
Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

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Peter is recognized as an invaluable contributor and ‘translator of arcane and inconsistent legal barriers.’

Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence, Gail Strauss (2010)

Peter was 'one of the first [trusts and estates] focus on...planning for death, but also address planning for incapacity.'

NAELA News, Vol. 22 (2010)


Bar Admissions

  • New York


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1961
  • Bowdoin College, B.A., 1957, with honors


  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Founding Member and Fellow
  • New York State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Executive Committee, Member-at-Large (Past Officer)
  • Caring Today, Advisory Board
  • End of Life Choices, New York, Executive Board Member
  • Louis Armstrong Foundation, Executive Board Member
  • St. John School of the Arts, Advisory Board Member

Peter's Areas of Focus