Kim M. Smith is a Partner of Katz, Smith & Chwat, PC, handling matters in elder law and estate planning, estate and trust administration, Medicaid planning and applications, guardianships and special needs planning. Kim’s goal is to provide clients with practical, down-to-earth advice and tools that they need to plan for their future or deal with a present need for care – whether for themselves or for their loved ones.
Clients come to Kim when they are facing difficult issues, whether they are contemplating retirement, planning the future care of a special needs child, helping an elderly parent negotiate the Medicaid eligibility for entry into a nursing home, seeking to become a guardian for a disabled relative, developing an estate plan to protect their assets for their heirs and preserve their legacy upon their death, or dealing with the death of a family member.
Kim began her professional career in the healthcare profession as a radiation therapist, where she saw first-hand the challenges and difficulties patients with chronic illness and their families face. The 15 years she spent in the industry inspired her to focus her legal career on elder law and estate planning. This experience with those facing difficult medical and family situations has helped to mold her into a compassionate professional who focuses on her clients.
Kim attended Touro College, Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at night while working full-time as a radiation therapist at Stony Brook University Hospital and JT Mather Memorial Hospital and at the same time raising three young children. She graduated with her J.D., cum laude in 2003. In 2010, Kim established her own Elder Law, Estate Planning and Trust and Estate Administration practice after leaving Burner, Smith & Associates, where she practiced for over seven years.
Kim is frequently called upon to present continuing legal education programs at the Suffolk County Bar Association and seminars for financial institutions and other professional organizations. She also regularly provides informational seminars for the community. Kim has presented at HSBC, Ameriprise, Signature Bank, UBS, Wells Fargo Mortgages, Sachem High School, Sachem Public Library, Brentwood Library, Port Jefferson Library, Shoreham Wading River Library, Moriches Bay Diner, Half Hollow Hills and Lindenhurst adult and continuing education programs and JT Mather Memorial Hospital, to name a few.
As a member of numerous professional organizations, Kim is actively involved in the legal community. She is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Women’s Bar Association, where she served as President from 2011 to 2012. She currently serves as a delegate from Suffolk County to the New York State Women’s Bar Association, and is serving as Co-Chair of its Elder Law and Estate Planning Committee. She also serves as an executive board member on the Estate Planning Council of Suffolk County and as a board member of United Cerebral Palsy of Long Island, as well as on the Alumni Council for Touro Law School, her alma mater.
Outside of her law practice, Kim enjoys reading, traveling, gardening and spending time with her family. She has three children and lives in Commack with her husband.