New York State Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, & Probate Lawyer


Over the past 20 years, Drew Ward of the Ward Arcuri Law Firm has helped thousands of families with their estate planning and asset protection needs. Being a full service law firm focusing on all aspects of elder law, our team has experience in all facets of estate planning and administration. We are dedicated to developing and implementing estate planning and Medicaid planning strategies that will reduce stress for you and your loved ones, allowing you to leave your legacy to take care of the ones you love for generations to come.

The Ward Arcuri Law Firm’s main office is located in New Hartford, NY with satellite offices in Clinton, NY and Syracuse, NY which provides service to all of Upstate NY. We also have an office located in Manhattan to serve New York City and the rest of downstate New York.

Now Focusing on New York State Real Estate Law And Business Law


Through the recent partnership of Drew Ward with Michael Arcuri, we are now able to assist clients in broader aspects of the law, including both residential and commercial real estate. We are able to help individuals and businesses with legal services involved in purchasing a home or land, leasing commercial space or purchasing commercial real estate. In addition to real estate law, Michael also brings his experience in business law to the firm. We can now help clients form new businesses, such as limited liability companies (LLCs), partnerships and corporations. In addition to this we offer all legal services a business may need through such services as asset protection, buy-sell agreements, and labor and employment contracts.

Stress-Free Planning & Protection


Our goal is to be able to help our clients with their estate planning strategies. You have worked hard for everything that you have and we are dedicated to helping you protect it. You can expect to receive individual guidance in developing a well-thought-out estate plan that is designed to meet your specific goals and secure your family’s future. Let the Ward Arcuri Law Firm plan your estate so you can focus on enjoying life, knowing that these essential planning items have been checked off of your list.

No matter if you have experienced a situation that has you concerned about your future or if you are in immediate need of help in the Medicaid application process or the Probate process, we are here for you.

Everything Centers Around You.


Every family and business has different legal needs that they will encounter. Our team takes the time to get to know you. We analyze your situation and strategize with you to achieve your goals. By doing our due diligence, we help you effectively plan your estate to preserve your legacy, establish and grow your business, or purchase real estate, all in keeping with your best interests.

The Ward Arcuri Team


Your time is valuable. We respect that. We guarantee that your phone calls will be answered personally and will be responded to in a prompt, professional manner. By working directly with Drew Ward, Michael Arcuri or Robert Malpezzi and our staff, you will quickly realize that everything we do centers around you, our clients. Meet the Ward Arcuri Law Firm team below…

ANDREW K. WARD, ESQ.

Drew began his own practice in 2006 after gaining over ten years of experience as an estate planning attorney with other area firms. Drew has focused his own practice exclusively on Estate and Medicaid Planning for the last several years.

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MICHAEL A. ARCURI, ESQ.

Michael Arcuri is a 1981 graduate of the State University of New York at Albany. He received his law degree from New York Law School in 1984 and began the practice of law in Central New York in 1985.

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SANDRA KARAS, ESQ.

Sandra Karas is an attorney and tax accountant with a background in the arts, theatre, music and education. She lectures regularly on tax, estate planning, debt management, budget and finances to myriad professional, labor and arts organizations.

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ROBERT J. MALPEZZI

Robert J. Malpezzi is our Director of Medicaid Planning. He served as the Director of the Medicaid Recovery Unit for the County of Oneida for over 16 years.

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BARBARA HOBIN

Barb has worked as Drew’s executive assistant and client coordinator for 10 years, starting the first day Drew opened his own practice. Prior to working with Drew, Barb worked in the corporate offices of Delmonico’s Restaurant.

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NATHALIE NERBER

Nathalie has been with the firm for 8 years. She stayed home for several years with her small children. Prior to that, she was a Senior Account Executive for the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s insurance program for over 13 years.

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KAY SCHACHTLER

Kay has worked in our firm for the last 5 years. Previous to this, Kay was assistant to Richard Enders at what is now our Clinton office for over 25 years. Kay lives in Waterville with her husband, Curt.

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SHANNON L. BRIDGE

Shannon works with Robert J. Malpezzi as Assistant to the Director of Medicaid Planning, and has been with our firm since August, 2016.

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JACQUELINE SKELLHAM

Jackie has been with our firm since 2012 and has 24 years of paralegal experience. She has over 19 years of Probate, Estate and Trust administration experience.

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BETTE WHEELOCK

Bette is the newest addition to the Ward Arcuri Law Firm staff. She is a receptionist in our New Hartford office.

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SHEA MURRAY

Shea joined Ward Arcuri in July, 2018 as a legal assistant.

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KEVIN J. DWYER

Kevin joined the Ward Arcuri Law Firm in September, 2018.

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WE LOVE TO BE INVOLVED IN OUR COMMUNITY


Being involved in the communities that we serve is important to everyone at the Ward Arcuri Law Firm. Our commitment to supporting and helping to enhance our community stems from Drew Ward, Michael Arcuri and all of the members of our team. We invest in and support our community through education via complimentary services, volunteering our time participating in various activities, and through charitable giving.

At the Ward Arcuri Law Firm we spend a lot of time in the communities that we serve and believe in participation in helping local charities in the Central NY community. We are proud contributors to the outstanding charities below and encourage everyone to do what you can to help support our local community.

SUNY Polytechnic Foundation Board • SUNY Poly Golf Tournament • UCP Golf Tournament • Joseph Corr Golf Tournament • Oneida County Elder Council (Celebrating Life Event) • Ride for Missing Children • JCC • Vietnam Vets of America – 5K run • Ride for Brody • Alex Kogut Run • WERC Annual Luncheon • Gridiron-NH Spartans • NH Marching Spartans • NH Masque (theatre, school) • NH Spartans Basketball • A Better Chance of Clinton • Kirkland Town Library • Clinton Historical Society • Clinton Symphony Orchestra • UCP • SUNY Poly • MCC Scotch Event Committee • WKTV News Talk • The Kelberman Center