Robin L. Folts

Robin Folts, Estate Planning Lawyer

Partner and Chair of the Elder Law and Medicaid Planning Practice Group


Associated Practice Areas: 

Elder Law Planning; Estate Planning; Creditors’ Rights; Collections (Commercial and Consumer)

Trusts and Estates Planning
Robin Folts provides sensible solutions to often complex problems though the use of testamentary trusts, irrevocable and revocable trusts along with other estate planning tools to formulate and implement testamentary plans.

Elder Law Planning
Robin provides elderly-community members with estate planning and Medicaid strategies that meet their individual economic goals. She takes pride in listening to their needs and matching those needs with a strategic plan for asset protection. Robin works closely with clients and their families to help create an attainable cost saving, efficient and effective plan. She strives to continually work with clients and their families to prevent unnecessary depletion of assets when faced with long-term-care costs. With Robin’s help, her colleagues successfully defended clients who were sued as a result of acting as Power of Attorney for family members. She is passionate in her representation of clients and is compassionate for their often debilitating ailments.

Creditors' Rights
Robin has experience in creditors’ rights issues and real estate. She previously worked for a buyer of commercial debt. While there, Robin broadened her skills in complex lender work-outs and traveled extensively to work out large commercial debts including selling real estate owned assets and other collateral located in the Continental United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Robin desires to continually create mechanisms for lender recovery of debtor obligations.


Thomas M. Cooley Law School (J.D., cum laude) with Business Transactions Concentration


New York State Bar


Robin is listed in the Super Lawyers for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 as an Upstate New York "Rising Star".

Professional and Community Affiliations: 

Robin is a Member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).


Robin is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association (“MCBA”) and member of the MCBA Elder Law Section.

Robin is a frequent lecturer on Elder Law issues as it pertains to asset protection, the lawful use of available governmental benefits and use of special governmental rates to reduce the depletion of assets due to long-term-care-costs, lawful transfers and post-Medicaid planning. She has been a guest speaker for the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and has conducted many seminars across Western New York.

Robin was a guest speaker on the Roc Talk Radio show 102.7 Legends in Rochester on Medicaid issues in January 2012. 

Robin was a frequent guest on “Ask the Expert” segments for the Finger Lakes News Radio, WGVA 96.1 FM/1240 AM speaking on the following topics in 2012:  
Estate Planning Overview
Necessity of Proper  Estate Planning Tools; Medicaid Overview
Common Questions
Medicaid and Real Estate Treatment
Medicaid and Rehab/Medicare Coverage and its Impact on Medicaid
Medicaid and Exempt Transfers
Medicaid: When Both Spouses are Institutionalized
Medicaid: Prior Gifts and Impacts; Nursing Homes and Debtor/Creditor Law
Gift Tax/Annual Exclusion/Misnomers
Medicaid & Revocable/IrrevocableTrusts
Community Medicaid and Use of Pooled Trusts
Medicaid: How IRAs and Other Income is Treated
Guardianship Avoidance through Estate Planning
Types of Assets that Can Delay Your Medicaid Plan
Right of Election and Impact on Medicaid
Top 10 Tips when Preparing to Apply for Chronic Care Medicaid
Rehab, When the Hospital Does Not Admit a Patient and the Impact for Nursing Home Placement
The Beauty of a Life Estate and Pitfalls
Estate Planning and Second Marriages

Robin is the Past President for the Irondequoit Rotary.