Robert K. Hilton III, Esq.
Practice Areas: Estate Planning, Asset Protection, Medicaid Planning and Probate and Trust Administration
Education: Hobart College, BA 1989;
Vermont Law School, Juris Doctor, 1993
Memberships: Oneida County Bar Association; NY State Bar Association (Trusts and Estates & Elder Law sections); American Bar Association; and the Wealth Counsel (an estate planning association for attorneys and accountants)
Rob is an experienced estate planning and Medicaid attorney who has helped over 600 families protect assets and/or qualify for Medicaid. Born in 1966, Rob grew up in Clinton, New York, and graduated from Clinton High School in 1985 with a Regents Diploma. Thereafter, he attended Hobart College and graduated in 1989 with a degree in English. Rob went on to attend Vermont Law School and graduated in 1993 with a Juris Doctor degree. He began his legal career in Utica, NY in 1993 with the law firm of Felt, Hubbard and Bogan. He ran his own office of Pronteau, Pugliese and Hilton, from 1995 through 1999. From 1999 to 2005, he was with the law firm of Kowalczyk, Tolles and Deery as a trial attorney handling over 150 litigation matters, including litigating federal court matters in New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Rob spent three and one-half years at the Estate Planning Law Center where he learned the estate planning practice. He was a partner at Kowalczyk, Tolles, Deery and Hilton, LLP, in Utica since January 2009, practicing exclusively in estate planning, asset protection, Medicaid and post-death administration. Rob opened his own practice of Hilton Estate & Elder Law, LLC in December 2012, in Utica, New York, which quickly expanded with branch offices in Boonville, Rome and Lowville. He employs 10 local people, including two attorneys, as part of his practice. Rob has successfully brought and prevailed in over 50 Medicaid fair hearings and multiple Article 78 proceedings against the State in the Elder Law field. He has argued in the Appellate Division and in the Court of Appeals, the highest court in the State of New York. Rob currently resides with his family in New Hartford, coaches his children in both hockey and soccer and still plays hockey himself. Rob is involved in various community events, and is on the MARNCI and the Community of Sunset Wood.
Practice Areas: Estate Planning
Education: Binghamton University, BA 2014;
Albany Law School, Juris Doctor, 2016
Born in 1990, John grew up in Waterville, New York, and graduated from Waterville Senior High School in 2008 with an Advanced Regents Diploma. John went on to attend Binghamton University where he graduated cum laude with a degree in Philosophy, Politics & Law in 2014. He then attended Albany Law School and graduated magna cum laude with his Juris Doctor degree in 2016. John began his legal career in 2017 as an Assistant District Attorney in the Trial Division of the Bronx County District Attorney’s Office. As an ADA in the Bronx, he prosecuted hundreds of cases ranging from multi-month auto-stripping schemes to attempted homicides. During his nearly five years as a prosecutor, John participated in countless hearings, grand jury investigations, and gained first and second chair trial experience. John is now excited to continue his legal career helping individuals and families plan for the future and protect their assets. John is a proud husband and father who resides with his family in Waterville, New York. In his spare time, he enjoys exercising, traveling, and spending time with his family and friends.