Shoshana Brenenson is a Crown Heights based Elder Law attorney. She has been serving seniors and their families in the neighborhood and beyond for over eight years.
Brenenson, a lifelong native “Crown Heightser” was educated at Beth Rivkah Schools, Brooklyn College and Brooklyn Law School.
Her experience with the elderly community as a young person influenced her greatly, eventually leading to her current profession. During junior high school, she visited senior citizens at Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center weekly to bring company and cheer to the residents. While attending high school in upstate New York, she was a volunteer at a local nursing home where she met and befriended a retired attorney who told her about Brooklyn Law School.
Brenenson enjoys spending time with seniors and hearing their life stories, especially those who grew up in Brooklyn.
Expanding her reach to include a wider age range, Brenenson wrote a children’s book (hopefully soon to be published!) about a child and his relationship with his 100 year old great-grandmother. The book explores how elderly people often have a youthful spirit and share a special bond with young children.
Brenenson continues to strongly impact the community at various levels of influence. She organized and moderated an Elder law/Elder care symposium where a panel of speakers addressed topics from estate planning, navigating Medicare drug prescription plans, and asset protection in the face of the rising cost of long term care for seniors with age-related chronic conditions. As a member of the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project, Brenenson regularly conducts presentations at senior centers all over Brooklyn to encourage residents to sign health care proxies, and make arrangements for a trusted support system to take care of financial and healthcare decisions in a time of need. Brenenson takes great care to inform and caution senior citizens on the dangers of financial exploitation and elder abuse.
Through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Brenenson provides pro bono representation for parents seeking court appointed guardianship for their special needs child reaching the age of eighteen.
Her position enables Brenenson to provide resources to seniors for safe and healthy quality of life in the community. She is also a member of the Lincoln Civic Block Association where she helped organize a health fair and regularly attends meetings to help advocate for neighborhood projects and improvements.
Hobbies that Brenenson takes seriously are music and sports for kids. She plays the caixa (snare drum) for Batala NYC, an all-woman Afro-Brazilian percussion band that performs at venues and events in the NYC metro and tri-state area. She also volunteers for Seeds in the Middle: Soccer for Harmony, a program dedicated to social change through sustainable health, fostering the establishment of school vegetable gardens and local soccer leagues.
Brenenson’s goals for the future are expanding awareness of how elder law affects and empowers seniors by holding more workshops for senior citizens and their loved ones at community centers, block associations, senior centers and houses of worship to reach a wider audience on the topic of Living long, Living well, your Legacy. Ms. Brenenson may be reached at (646) 837-0688.