Practice Areas

Elder Law; Medicaid and Asset Protection Planning (including Community Medicaid homecare pooled trusts); Special Needs Planning (including Supplemental Needs Trusts); Estate Planning; Estate Administration; and Guardianships

Lisa represents clients in the areas of elder law, Medicaid planning, special needs planning, estate planning and estate administration. She works with clients who require long-term nursing home care or home care to develop a comprehensive asset protection plan. Lisa is a frequent lecturer on elder law issues, including asset protection planning and special needs planning, for various groups including the New York State Bar Association, Monroe County Bar Association, financial services professionals and caregiver organizations. She has also been a featured guest to discuss elder law topics on the Money Doctors radio show, 1180 WHAM. Lisa has previously practiced in the area of corporate labor law.

Elder Law and Medicaid Planning

Lisa represents seniors who need long-term care, and works with their families and other medical professionals to develop an appropriate care plan, whether that includes home care, independent living facility, assisted living or skilled nursing home. Lisa then implements strategies to protect assets while accessing public benefits, including Chronic Care Medicaid for nursing home care and Community Medicaid for home care. She uses a variety of strategies available for clients depending on their particular circumstances, including outright transfers, irrevocable Medicaid trusts, annuities, loans, pooled trusts to shelter excess income, and transfers of real property. Lisa also helps clients access available Veteran’s benefits. For clients seeking planning prior to illness, Lisa prepares the necessary documents, including wills, durable powers of attorney and gift riders, and health care proxies to ensure the clients’ wishes will be carried out.

Special Needs Planning and Guardianships

Lisa represents clients with disabilities or families with disabled children to implement planning strategies to access public benefits and maximize preservation of the individual’s or family’s assets. She advises clients on self-settled supplemental needs trusts, third party supplemental needs trusts, and testamentary supplemental needs trusts, as well as pooled community supplemental needs trusts. She also assists client with Article 17A guardianships for disabled children or family members.

Estate Planning and Estate Administration

Lisa provides clients with necessary estate planning documents including wills, trusts, powers of attorney and health care proxies. She also assists clients with planning to avoid estate tax and she provides estate administration services.

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Monroe County Bar Association and the Elder Law Committee

  • New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Sections

  • Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly, Inc. (GRAPE) and has served as Secretary of the Executive Board and is currently Chairperson of the Bylaws Committee

  • Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys (GRAWA)

  • Upstate New York Families for Effective Autism Treatment (AutismUp)

  • Board of Directors of the Norman Howard School

  • Volunteer services for LIFESPAN

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)


  • Columbia University Law School (J.D., 1985)
  • Michigan State University (B.A., 1981)


  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York
  • District of Columbia Bar
  • Court of Appeals


Lisa resides in West Irondequoit, New York, with her husband and son. She enjoys her Akita dog, supporting independent recording artists/musicians, and traveling with her family.


Lisa C. Arrington received the Client Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell. Lisa’s client’s rated her a 5 out of 5 for communications, responsiveness, quality of service and value.

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