New York, NY - October 14, 2011 – According to attorney Harriette M. Steinberg, Baby Boomers (born 1946 – 1964) are once again about to forge ahead into a new frontier. “Whether we call it aging, approaching the next stage in life or going grey, your future will involve making lifestyle changes that past generations have never had to make, and that younger generations may not understand. And these changes can create contentious situations, which, if not properly addressed, may cause acute issues within the family and other relationships, and potentially involve costly and unpleasant litigation.”
This is the reason Ms. Steinberg has founded Going Grey Matters www.goinggreymatters.com, an interdisciplinary mediation-based approach to helping Baby Boomers communicate with family members, friends and business associates. She adds, “We also support the interests of professional advisors who are concerned with the needs and conflicts of their Baby Boomer clients.”
At Going Grey Matters, neutral mediators from the legal and mental health disciplines help guide civil and open discussions about the matters of aging: conflicts among relatives, financial considerations, healthcare decisions and inheritance concerns. Ms. Steinberg states, “Working with our professionals, boomers can find a non-litigious, creative resolution that leads to a practical action plan for the future. “
Initially, Ms Steinberg is joined by another respected Long Island professional, Harry Grabarz, Ph.D., whose 35 years of mental health expertise help elder parents, adult children, grandparents, adult grandchildren, spouses and professional advisors discuss their differences and create a mutually agreeable, constructive plan for moving forward.
Harry Grabarz, Ph.D., has over 35 years of experience working with children and their families, plus extensive training in advanced clinical techniques, mediation, and forensic consultations to family attorneys. His expertise in family dynamics augments Ms. Steinberg’s legal expertise, enabling them to offer a full scope of mediation services.
In addition to earning his M.S.W. degree from Adelphi University and Ph.D. from Yeshiva University, Dr. Grabarz has post-doctoral training in advanced clinical techniques. He is a Board Certified Diplomate; Board Certified Specialist in Practice with Children and their Families; trained family specialist / coach; child specialist in Collaborative Divorce; trained Mediator; and trained Parent Coordinator. In addition to serving on the faculties of the Graduate Schools of Social Service at Fordham University and Rutgers University, he has been a consultant to educational institutions on matters relating to child development, and to family attorneys on matters pertaining to forensic evaluations.
Harriette M. Steinberg, Esq., holds a Juris Doctor degree from Hofstra University, where she later taught Aging, Public Policy and the Law to graduate students. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association; New York State Woman's Bar Association; Nassau County Bar Association; National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; and Nassau County Woman's Bar Association. She is a past Director of the Nassau County Bar Association, where she chaired the Elder Law, Social Services, and Health Advocacy Committee, and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee. Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Steinberg worked as a fiduciary accountant with the firms of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, Reed & Priest, and Mudge, Rose, Guthrie & Alexander.
For over 15 years, Ms. Steinberg has studied alternative forms of dispute resolution and recently expanded her professional services to include Mediation and Collaborative Practice.
Ms. Steinberg has been honored for her work by the Family and Children’s Association; Town of Hempstead; Distinction Magazine; Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women; and Visiting Nurses Association of Long Island.