Meet Our Team
Yals S. Hauptman, Esq. is a graduate of Rutgers College (B.A. 1986) and Albany Law School (J.D. 1989). He is licensed both in New Jersey and New York. After serving for a year as law clerk to John C. Stritehoff of the Superior Court of New Jersey, he entered into private practice. Early in his career, he began providing assistance to clients and his own family, in what he later came to recognize as the field of elder law. Yale established his own firm in 1995, joined by his wife, Laurie in 1998, devoted exclusively to elder and disability law and estate and special needs planning.
Yale write and speaks extensively on elder and disability law, estate and special needs planning topics, and presents for legal, financial, insurance, health care professionals and the general public. He has been featured in both local and national media and has been quoted in print and media outlets. He is also a published autho of an elder care law book entitled, “Be Nit To Me – I Pick Your Nursing Home” and a weekly blog devoted to thelegal and financial issues facing families with aging and disabled loved ones.
Yale is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the New Jersey Bar Association’s Elder Law Secion. He is a Department of Veterance Affairs’ accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation , and prosection of claims for veteran’s benefits.
Yale and Laurie have personally helped thousands of families plan and navigate trough the complicated and emotional estate planning and long-term care process.
Laurie Hauptman is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton (B.A. 1986) and Hofstra Law School (J.D. 1989). For 8 years she was a trial attorney at a personal injury law firm before joining forces with Yale in 1998. Laurie’s courtroom experience is essential to her role handling the firm’s court work, including guardianships, conservatorships and special needs trusts.
Civically and community-minded, Laurie is a Department of Veterans Affairs accredited attorney for the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for veteran’s benefits. She is a member of the Unite Way Caregivers Coalition Steering Committee and the Co-Chairperson of the Elder and Disability Law Committee of the Essex County Bar Association. Laurie is a frequent lecturer on elder and disability law, estate and special needs planning topics for continuing educattion credit for legal, financial, insurance and health care professionals and the general public. She has been featured in both local and national media.
Laurie and Yale have personally navigated the complicated and emotional journey through the estate and long-term care planning process for their loved ones and helped thousands of families.
Hauptman and Hauptman, P.C. Staff
Kathy LaBrunda, Office Manager
Camille Russomanno, Administrative Assistant
Jill Diamond, Director of Intake Coordination
Node K. Kludze, Medicaid Paralegal
Sue Goldstein, Trust Funding / Veterans Benefits Paralegal
Maureen Lau, Trust Funding / Veterans Benefits Paralegal
Caryn Pernick, Estate Administration Paralegal
Sue Kahnowitz, Estate Administration Paralegal
Jacqui Gradel, Director of Community Outreach