With nearly 40 years as of experience as an attorney, Richard E. Rowlands brings extensive legal knowledge to every matter. Mr. Rowlands handles highly sophisticated, complex estate plans, contested guardianships and business arrangements. He also counsels on elder law planning, including long-term care planning and Medicaid planning. He has extensive estate litigation experience including contested wills, contested accountings, removal of executors and trustees and cases involving abuse of powers of attorney.
Mr. Rowlands has strong ties to the Capital Region and is very involved with several area organizations. For many years, he has served or is serving as counsel for the New York State Independent Living Council, Colonie Senior Services Centers, Inc., the Association of Area Agencies on Aging and the Italian American Heritage Foundation. Mr. Rowlands also serves on the board of directors for St. Peter’s Health Partners, the Visiting Nurses Association of Albany, the Visiting Nurses Association Foundation and the Visiting Nurses Association of Albany Home Care Corporation. His professional affiliations include the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York, the Capital District Trial Lawyers Association and the American, New York State (Trusts & Estates and Elder Law sections) and Albany County Bar Associations.
Mr. Rowlands is a frequent speaker on topics relating to estate planning and elder law issues. He authored Chapter 18 on “Retirement and Estate Planning” and is a contributing editor of Drafting New York Wills (Matthew Bender).
Mr. Rowlands received his J.D. from Albany Law School, where he was granted membership in the prestigious Justinian Society, and is a graduate of the University of Rochester. He is a retired Brigadier General on the New York State Retired List, a graduate of the U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School and Submarine School, as well as the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College. He is also an accredited Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) attorney.