Terrance W. Emmens

Terrance Emmens, Chair of Elder Law

Member of the law firm's Management Committee since 2013

Associated Practice Areas: 

Elder Law; Medicaid, Nursing Home & Asset Protection Planning; Estate Planning; Estate Administration; Elder Care Planning; Trust and Estate Planning; Guardianship Planning; Planning for People with Disabilities; Estate Litigation; Real Estate

Elder Law and Asset Protection Services
Terry helps seniors and their children develop and implement strategies to protect assets when one or both seniors are in a skilled nursing home, or are likely to need nursing home care. For 17 years, the Elder Law and Medicaid Planning Practice Group Terry created has dedicated itself to managing the asset protection plans he and the other attorneys in the practice group create, to assure that each Medicaid application is prosecuted properly. Terry and his team use a variety of strategies that include outright gifts, Medicaid permitted trusts, supplemental needs trusts, loans, annuities, Powers of Attorney, Wills and deeds to accomplish these goals. Terry’s team prepares each Medicaid application, appears at each Medicaid interview, reviews and gathers every single document necessary to prosecute a Medicaid application, and reviews each Medicaid determination to make sure each case is properly opened.

Trust and Estate Planning, and Estate Administration Services
Terry also prepares documents essential to everyone, including Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, as well as the documents necessary to probate an estate and related administration services, or work with families to avoid probate where appropriate.


Vermont Law School (J.D., 1991)
George Washington University (B.A., 1986)


New York State Bar
United States District Court, Western District of New York
United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of New York


Terrance W. Emmens has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America since 2013 for his work as a Trust & Estates Attorney.

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Professional and Community Affiliations: 

Terry is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association (“MCBA”) and serves as Chair of the Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers Committee; he is also a member of the MCBA Elder Law Committee, the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys ("NAELA"), the New York Bar Association (“NYBA”) and serves on the NYBA Lawyers Assistance Program.  He is also a member of the Estate Planning Counsel of Rochester, and served on the MCBA Executive Counsel for the Trust and Estate Section. Terry works for the Volunteer Legal Service Project as an Elder Care counselor.

Prior Experience: 

Prior to joining Lacy Katzen, LLP in 1992, Terry was a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Francis G. Conrad, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of New York from May 1991 to August 1992.


Terry resides in Pittsford, New York, with his wife and two children. He enjoys playing golf, Nordic skiing, back country skiing, reading and traveling with his family.