Grandfather’s Influence Made Him Enter the Field of Law
Melville, NY — Growing up in Malverne, New York, as a child, Brian Andrew Tully was close to both sets of grandparents — literally. His maternal grandparents lived next door, where he played games, spent Saturday nights watching TV with them, learned to swing a golf club, and received a penny for every weed he pulled out from their lawn. On Sundays, he spent time with his father’s parents attending church, sitting with them at the kitchen table eating rolls and cookies they picked up from the bakery, and enjoying large family dinners.
Andy Tully, his paternal grandfather, was an attorney. One day, he had a talk with Brian, who was a college student at the time studying criminal justice. Andy saw the potential in his grandson and, along with his wife, recommended that Brian should take the same career path. A few years later, Brian enrolled in Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center in Huntington, New York, and obtained his Juris Doctor.
For 20 years, Brian Andrew Tully, Esq., of Tully Law, PC has been honoring and protecting elders in New York and their caregivers by leading them from a place of confusion to a place of protection, provision and peace by providing them with advanced planning, long-term care services, and life care planning.
He started his practice in Huntington in 1998. What gravitated him toward the field of elder law were the closeness with his grandparents and witnessing firsthand how his parents and relatives cared for his grandparents when they became too ill to care for themselves.
“What I didn’t realize is that my childhood and teenage years were gratefully focused on my amazing grandparents — those grandparents right next door and those I looked forward to seeing every Sunday,” Mr. Tully says. “So, yes, lawwas a choice but elder law was not. It was natural for me to continue to be with and help other people’s grandmothers and grandfathers. Looking back, I can say with certainty that I didn’t choose elder law; it chose me.”
In 2004, Mr. Tully launched the ElderCare Resource Center (www.eldercareresourcecenter.info), an online resource guide for the elderly and their caregivers. With more than 2,200 links to elder care resources, the website provides legal resources and other information on age-related health issues, finding a caregiver, where to find senior housing, and Medicaid and Medicare issues. It also includes a palliative care resource guide which explains how to plan for long-term and end-of-life care. In 2005, the ElderCare Resource Center was named the Small Education Business of the Year by the Huntington Regional Business Partnership.
In 2011, Tully Law relocated to Melville. The following year, the firm received the Partnership Award from Disabled and Alone/Life Services for the Handicapped, Inc., a nonprofit organization which assists families in estate planning, and Mr. Tully was featured in Newsweek’s “Nationwide Leading Elder Care & Estate Planning Attorney Showcase.”
He has received accreditation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to represent and assist veterans and their spouses in the preparation, presentation, and prosecution of claims for benefits, including the Aid and Attendance Pension. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association and is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
From 2011 to 2017, Mr. Tully has been named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers list in the practice areas of Elder Law and Estate Planning & Probate. In 2017, he was certified as a Member of the Lawyers of Distinction.
In addition to his work as an attorney, Mr. Tully provides seminars on elder law and estate planning at assisted living facilities. He has also spoken on the topic of detecting and preventing elder financial abuse. As a public service, he publishes a downloadable guidebook each year titled “How to Plan for Aging Parents,” which looks at life care planning and traditional elder law plans.
“It has been a pleasure serving the elderly population of New York and their families for the last 20 years,” Mr. Tully says. “I look forward to helping those families who are caring for their loved ones by making the life care planning process easier for them during times of difficulty.”
For more information, call (631) 424-2800 or visit www.tullyelderlaw.com.