By Janee Law
Serving the community for the past 27 years, the Huntington Station-based Law Offices of David R. Okrent have offered decades of experience, and a commitment to clients to help navigate them through all the complexities of law and rules that might be overlooked or misunderstood.
“We pride ourselves on being in the field a long time, having a lot of expertise, having the staff that we have and the personalization that we offer,” David Okrent, Esq., CPA, principal owner of the firm, said. “We’re very personally involved with the clients and we’re very effective.”
For instance, every year the office, which specializes in elder law, estate planning and special needs, offers free reviews with each client to stay updated for future cases. Okrent said the free review is a consult to look over everything they’ve previously done and talk about any changes in the client’s life and any recent changes in law.
“We’re very tentative to the clients,” Okrent, 56, of Setauket, said. “Nobody does that and it’s good for the client.”
The work done by Law Offices of David R. Okrent is significant because most people don’t know where to turn when it comes to helping a loved one who is ill, he said.
“It’s become a huge burden for clients, especially today, the medical world is very challenging,” he added. “We’re fortunate that a lot of people let us help them with that and it’s cool.”
Graduating from LIU Post with a bachelor of science in accounting in 1984, Okrent earned his juris doctor degree at St. John’s University School of Law in 1993.
Previously and accountant for KPMG and then a revenue agent for the Internal Revenue Service, Okrent started his law practice in 1996 in Deer Park and then moved to its current 1,300-square-foot location at 33 Walt Whitman Road in Huntington Station in 1998.
Okrent said he chose to specialize in elder law, estate planning and special needs because that area of law allowed him to “help people with a stroke of a pen,” while pulling together his tax, accounting and legal background.
“When I started years ago, I was one of the few guys with a tax background that was actually in the field,” Okrent said. “A lot of what we do crosses multi levels of the law. It covers tax law, government benefits, state law, creditors’ rights, it covers everything and I really enjoy it.”
The law office serves Nassau and Suffolk and the five boroughs. With a satellite office in Setauket, Okrent said he’s hoping to open up another satellite office in Westhampton in the future.
Okrent is part of many organizations within the Huntington community, including being a board member of St. Charles Hospital Foundation, a board member of the Huntington Arts Council Inc., and executive member of the elder law and special needs section of the New York State Bar Association.