Theresa I. Yard, Esq. is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Connecticut for (23) years, and to practice law in New Jersey for (22) years. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, and the United States Supreme Court.

Upon graduation, with honors, from Fordham University School of Law, she joined Kelley Drye & Warren LLP, a firm with a dynamic and sophisticated national and international legal practice involving business organizations of all kinds. She practiced in the areas of antitrust and commercial litigation. After leaving Kelly Drye to raise her 2 younger children (she also has 2 adult children), she joined West Group to be their sole Acquisitions Editor in New York.

In 2004, Ms. Yard became Of Counsel to Kleinman & Stromberg, P.C, addressing the firm’s growing Estate Administration and Medicaid Practice. Upon the dissolution of the firm, she became Of Counsel to the Law Offices of Steven C. Kleinman, and her practice focused on Estate Planning, Trusts, Estates Administration, Medicaid, Article 81 and Article 17 and 17-A Guardianships. Her role in the firm expanded to meet clients needs in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Business and Real Estate Transactions. As of September 2011, Theresa has taken over the practice of the late Steven C. Kleinman, and will continue to meet the clients’ needs

Terry is trained as a Part 36 Guardian, as a Guardian Ad Litem, as a Court Evaluator and as an Attorney for the Alleged Incapacitated Person in Article 81 Proceedings. She is a member of Nassau County and New York State Bar Associations, and a member of the NYS Bar Association‘s Elder Law and Trust and Estate Sections, as well as a Member of the Special Needs Committee of the New York Bar Association Elder Law Section. She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”).

She is also served for 2 years as Co-President of the Massapequa Special Education PTA, as the President of the Old Harbour Green Civic Association of Massapequa, NY, and as Chairperson of multiple committees in the Massapequa PTSA and of Troop 696 of the Club Scouts Theodore Roosevelt Counsel.



Terry’s editorial work at West Group included:

  • New York Elder Law Practice
  • Trusts and Estates Practice in New York
  • New York Limited Liability Companies and Partnerships
  • Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts
  • Enforcing Judgments and Collecting Debts in New York