Laurie L. Menzies, Esq., Partner
Attorney Laurie Menzies guides seniors and their families through the aging process by coordinating their legal and financial concerns and addressing potential or existing care needs. Laurie is passionate about helping families create a plan for aging that helps preserve assets, while providing for the wishes and care needs of her clients.
Laurie is a Senior Partner at Pfalzgraf, Beinhauer & Menzies, the only law firm in Western New York dedicated exclusively to Elder Law and Estate Planning.
Drawing on her professional expertise as an elder law and estate planning attorney, as well as her personal experience as her parent’s sole caregiver well into their 90s, Laurie has recently published Embracing Elderhood, Planning for the Next Stage of Life. She is a frequent speaker at community forums and on local media on issues regarding seniors and planning for successful aging.
In addition to handling legal issues related to aging for families, she also works intensively with geriatric care managers and financial consultants to coordinate a comprehensive plan for aging. She has a unique understanding of the stresses and concerns of families regarding their loved ones and works to help create peace of mind for families.
Laurie graduated from Vassar College in 1986 and earned her law degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law in 1996. She received both a University Scholarship for academic achievement, and a Public Interest Scholarship for her work at Legal Services of the Elderly and Disabled. Laurie is well versed in financial issues having worked in the investment and trust administration field in Boston, Massachusetts before law school.
She is actively engaged with organizations that serve the elderly, including serving on the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section, the Trust and Estate Section, as well as with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She was the Seminar Chair of NYSBA’s Elder Law Section’s Fall Meeting in October 2011 and was the Co-Chair of the Mediation Committee of the Elder Law Section.
Laurie is also active with local non-profit organizations that serve the elderly including having served on the Board of Directors of the Network in Aging of Western New York for eight years, and she is currently a board member of the Alzheimer’s Association and Canterbury Woods Continuing Care Community.
Laurie has been recognized in Business First of Buffalo’s Who’s Who in Law in 2007 and 2011.