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14 People wrote to us:
  1. My sister and I had been caring for our elderly parents for years at thier home until they both required hospital stays and subsequent rehabilitation. They both have dementia and it rapidly progressed became evident that they required skilled 24 hour care. We were cosumed with ensuring thier medical care was adequate and needed competent legal advice for a long term plan to meet their needs.

    Sal Di Costanzo and Jennifer Bienenstock guided us through a very complex and lengthy process to help plan for our parents long term care while protecting their assets which we could not have done on our own. During the process it became apparent that Mr. Di Costanzo’s knowledge of elder law was far beyond that of other lawyers we had previously dealt with. We are grateful for Mr. Di Costanzo’s and Ms. Bienenstock’s help and would give them our highest recommendation them without hesitation.


    July 31, 2016
  2. I am very pleased to have the opportunity to recommend the services of Salvatore Di Costanzo, his law firm and his associates. My wife and I and my mother-in-law were looking for a firm to set up our wills and discuss the options available to us in the Elder Care field. Salvatore discussed all of the options available to us in a calm relaxed manner and we did not feel pressured into making a decision that did not match our objectives. After the final documents were prepared, Salvatore reviewed the contents with us and we left his office feeling that we made the correct decision by choosing Mr. Di Costanzo and his firm of Maker, Fragale and Di Contanzo to handle our Elder Care planning.


    January 15, 2016
  3. I was referred to Sal by a colleague of mine that I hadn’t spoken with for some time. I live in the South; my family and I were really in a difficult situation. Our elderly mother, who lives in Long Island, has advanced dementia. She had taken a fall incurring several broken ribs and was recuperating in a hospital. When she was ready to be released, we didn’t want her going back to living alone in her home and knew a skilled nursing facility with memory care was her next step. We attempted to find appropriate facilities in Long Island but were running into many responses indicating they were at capacity. With some pressure from the hospital for a release, I reached out to some of my colleagues in Westchester County so we could broaden our search and as stated Sal was referred to me as one who might be able to help. I was clear with him that our family had been using the services of an elder-care attorney and speaking to me would not lead to a potential paying client. Regardless, Sal was willing to listen, offered several very viable options and made a call on my behalf to one of the facilities he knew in Westchester – all without the possibility of our family becoming a client. That’s what I call outstanding! I can only imagine how much of an advocate he would be had I been a client. If you are considering Sal and his firm, I guess you can’t have a better recommendation than one that comes from a non-client! He is the real deal.


    January 7, 2016
  4. My husband and I began researching estate planning at least five years ago. After attending several workshops and meeting with a couple of attorneys, we gave up. The process seemed complicated, overwhelming and expensive.
    As time passed, the need to act became more pressing. My sister had gone to Sal and liked him. I investigated his credentials, and found that they were impeccable. We decided to set up a meeting.
    My husband, who is scared to death (no pun intended) of the whole process, liked Sal immediately. Sal is friendly, easy to talk to, and made the process relaxed. He prepared our documents in a powerful but simple way. Both Sal and his associate, Jennifer, were always available to answer my many questions and were pleased to educate me whenever I didn’t understand something. The whole process went smoothly, and I have complete faith in the final result.
    I am happy to say that we can now rest easy knowing that were are as prepared as one can be for eventualities.
    Thank you Sal and Jen!


    November 29, 2015
  5. I am so grateful to have been introduced to Ms. Jennifer Bienenstock and Mr. Salvatore Di Costanzo. My husband was hospitalized for a long period of time which resulted in his needing long term care at a nursing facility. As he had not been well for a while, doctors’ appointments were more important than making an appointment with an attorney to put our affairs in order. Ms. Bienenstock guided me through the process in order to be able to place my husband in a nursing home of choice. Unfortunately, my husband passed away shortly after entering the nursing home which now left me with a brand new scenario. Again, Ms. Bienenstock met with me and guided me through a completely different process. She was so patient and explained everything in such detail making an extremely difficult time for me not so difficult at all. Lesson learned was to make sure that all of my affairs are in order which resulted in Ms. Bienenstock helping me set up my estate so I now have some peace and mind for my children for the future.

    – Sharon A.


    October 26, 2015
  6. As the parent of a child with multiple disabilities there are many days and sleepless nights filled with anxiety and in desperate need of hope for the future. One of the most important challenges of raising our son is to find the best advocate for his needs. Our son needs someone that will go the distance for him, and we are happy to say that we have found Salvatore Di Costanzo to be the most caring and trustworthy attorney in New York. Sal takes a special interest in our family and our son’s needs come first. Sal focuses on Special Needs Trusts and we are grateful for his skill in accounting. Sal listens intently to our concerns and guides us to the best decision for our son. We wholeheartedly recommend Sal to parents who need to find peace and confidence in their child’s future.

    – Mary S.


    October 26, 2015
  7. Sal and Jen are knowledgeable and accurate in all facets of elder care law and Medicaid planning. When things looked bleakest, Sal and Jen were able to find a way to get the best possible outcome and save the day. Don’t delay these crucial decisions, your loved ones will be thankful one day.

    – Martin K.


    October 26, 2015
  8. I retained Salvatore Di Costanzo and Jennifer Bienenstock to handle what turned out to be a pair of complicated and problematic Medicaid applications for two elderly relatives. I have worked in the state court system for several years and deal with attorneys on a daily basis. I can state without reservation that the level of skill, attention, and thoughtfulness that Mr. Di Costanzo and Ms. Bienenstock bring to their practice is second to none.

    – Kevin E.


    October 26, 2015
  9. The following narrative is my experience in dealing with Salvatore M. Di Costanzo and Jennifer Bienenstock. In late 2012 my wife had severe medical problems. She broke her hip in July and had to have it reset in November. She also has Parkinson Disease and the onset of dementia.
    My lawyer, at that time, told me that I would have to pay down most of our savings to keep my wife in a nursing home located in Westchester County. He is known as an elder care lawyer.
    I contacted Mr. Di Costanzo and he immediately began to work on my situation. He applied for Medicaid at the end of January, 2014 and my wife was eligible for Medicaid by May 1, 2014. Working with Salvatore and Jennifer for the first six months of 2014 was a smooth process. Any questions that I had, Jennifer was right back with the answers. I have nothing but praise for the work they both have put into my case and I would recommend them to anyone searching for lawyers who respond quickly and efficiently to their situation.
    John S.


    October 26, 2015
  10. We feel extremely lucky to have hired Sal to assist my mother with elder law issues, estate planning and tax matters, all of which being his legal sub-specialties. For the benefit of our complete understanding, in a very thorough manner, Sal simplified the confusing complexities of those intricate legal categories. Then, acting under Sal’s counsel, we developed and implemented a forward-thinking legal plan designed to maximize the benefit to my mother and her heirs. Throughout the process, Sal was attentive in answering our questions, and always treated my mother with noteworthy respect, professionalism, patience and sincere kindness. We maintain a fantastic working relationship with Sal, and continue to call upon him for legal clarification, guidance and advice. As with our original interaction, Sal remains uniquely responsive in addressing my mother’s legal and tax needs. We feel lucky to have found such an informed, knowledgeable and thoughtful lawyer.

    – Doug T.


    October 26, 2015
  11. “I knew my “papers” had to be updated so a friend gave me the name of the best eldercare lawyer in town – Salvatore M. Di Costanzo. He was very patient, helpful and every one of my wishes and needs were executed to my satisfaction. Now I can relax and my children will have no problems when the days come.”
    – Denise S.–


    October 13, 2015
  12. Our family came to attorney Salvatore Di Costanzo seeking guidance on the best plan of action to provide needed nursing home care for our step mother while simultaneously providing for my Father as community spouse. Since grasping the complexities, nuances, unintended effects and implications of the relevant federal and state legal and tax regulations was daunting, we were relieved by the compassionate approach Sal used to put our minds at ease. From our first meeting, Sal’s level of empathy and professionalism shined through and we left his office feeling understood and protected. Sal clearly and succinctly laid out our options and patiently answered our questions especially concerning how the 5 year federal look back rule might impact the family estate. Sal’s attention to detail is remarkable and his combined legal and tax skill set gave us the confidence to know that we were making the right decisions and taking the right courses of action by following his wise advice during each step of the process. Additionally, because of Sal’s elder law expertise, our family was able to reach and maintain consensus on the tough decisions. I can say without hesitation that Sal’s performance exceeded our expectations at every turn. It is with a sense of humility and love that I express my sincerest appreciation for the wonderful service Sal provided and continues to provide our family. I give Sal an unqualified endorsement for professionalism, ability to hit key deadlines, and for his humanity as the highest example of what a lawyer can be.

    Robert W.


    October 13, 2015
  13. “Sal and Jen were extremely helpful as we navigated the confusing labyrinth of social services and the medicare application process. In all of our interactions with them they were professional, responsive, thorough, and empathetic as we worked to secure care for our father. Without Sal and Jen, the process would have taken much longer, and we may not have been successful in making sure we had the resources to help make our father’s last years as comfortable as possible.”

    – Eric T–


    October 13, 2015
  14. “Sal and Jen were extremely helpful as we navigated the confusing labyrinth of social services and the Medicare application process. In all of our interactions with them they were professional, responsive, thorough, and empathetic as we worked to secure care for our father. Without Sal and Jen, the process would have taken much longer, and we may not have been successful in making sure we had the resources to help make our Father’s last years as comfortable as possible.”

    – Eric T–


    October 13, 2015