Ellen Makofsky. headshot. 2013Ellen G. Makofsky

Garden City, New York
Principal
Phone: 516-228-6522
Fax: 516-228-6525
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Ellen Makofsky received a 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Law from Long Island Business News and is proud to announce Makofsky & Associates, P.C. was selected the 2018 Best Elder Law Firm on Long Island, NY.

Ellen G. Makofsky is a cum laude graduate of Brooklyn Law School and is the founder of Makofsky & Associates, P.C., an Estate Planning and Elder Law firm based in Long Island NY.

This is the 9th consecutive year Ellen has been selected as a Super Lawyer. She was also selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2014-2018 editions of the Best Lawyers In America in the practice area of Elder Law. Ms. Makofsky served 3 terms as Secretary of the New York State Bar Association (“NYBSA”) and served on its executive committee for 10 years. She is the immediate past Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee of NYSBA. This committee and the NYSBA staff provide legal education and the latest updates for attorneys across New York State. Ms. Makofsky has also chaired NYSBA’s Publications Committee and NYSBA Women in the Law Committee. Ms. Makofsky is a member of the Executive Committee of the NYSBA’s Trusts and Estate section. Ms. Makofsky served as the President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter. She is the Past Chair of the NYSBA, Elder Law Section. She is certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as a Certified Elder Law Attorney (“CELA”). Ms. Makofsky is a past President of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, Inc. Ms. Makofsky is a member of Nassau County Bar Association, Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advisory Committee and the Surrogate’s Court Trusts and Estates Committee. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (“NAELA”).

Ms. Makofsky was President and a founder of the Sun Council Inc. and is one of the founders of the Senior Umbrella Network of Queens and is a past chair of the organization. She is former co-chair of Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (“LIAF”) Legal Advisory Board and is past president of the Gerontology Professionals of Long Island, Nassau Chapter. She is a former co-chair of the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau. Ms. Makofsky served on the Board of the Children’s Center of Port Washington, and as a Trustee of Landmark on Main Street and was a member of the board of the Community Chest of Port Washington both groups being community-based organizations in Port Washington, NY.

Ms. Makofsky writes on Elder Law and trust and estate topics frequently. She spent many years authoring an Advanced Directives News Column which appeared in a quarterly publication from the New York State Bar Association.

Ms. Makofsky was named as a 2014 Top Woman in Long Island by Long Island Business News. In 2010 Ms. Makofsky was named a 2010 Woman of Distinction by 7th Senatorial District of New York State. Ms. Makofsky recently received the 2009 award from the NYSBA Elder Law Section for her efforts in furtherance of the rights of the elderly and person with disabilities. In the past several years, Ms. Makofsky was also honored by the Long Island Alzheimer’s Association, The Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island and the Nassau County Bar Association for the services she has provided to the elderly. Ms. Makofsky has appeared on the radio and television and is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop leader for professional and community groups.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Special Needs Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Disability Planning
  • Asset Protection
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Health Care Proxies, Living Wills and Durable Powers of Attorney

Certification/Specialties

  • Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York, 1985
    • J.D.
    • Honors: Cum Laude
  • Queens College of the City of New York, Queens, New York
    • M.S.
  • Boston University, Boston, New York, 1966
    • B.S.
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • Advance Directive News Column, NYSBA, Quarterly Column
  • Improving Long Term Care, New York Law Journal
  • Ask the Expert-Yes, Mom Can Buy Your Help, Newsday
  • Elderly Will Suffer With Medicaid Change, Times Union

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Best Lawyer
  • Top Women on Long Island
  • 100 Top Super Lawyer
  • 50 Top Women Super Lawyer
  • 7th Senatorial District Woman of Distinction
  • Long Island Business News
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation
  • Visiting Nurse Service of Long Island

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, 2013-2017
    • Secretary
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter
    • President, 2014
  • Estate Planning Council of Nassau, Inc.
    • President, 2011-2012
  • New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
    • Chair, 2006 – 2007
  • New York State Bar Association, House of Delegates, 2005 – 2017
    • Member
  • The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
    • Member
  • The Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, Inc.
    • Vice President, 2010
  • Nassau Bar Association, 1991 – 2018
    • Member
  • Senior Umbrella Network of Queens, 2006 – 2007
    • Chair
  • Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation Legal Advisory Board, 2005 – 2006
    • Co-Chair
  • Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau, 2003 – 2005
    • Co-Chair
  • Gerontology Professionals of Long Island, Nassau Chapter, 2001 – 2003
    • President

Past Employment Positions

  • Garwin, Bronzaft, Gerstein & Fisher, 1985 – 1991

Pro Bono Activities

  • Nassau County Bar Association Senior Clinic, 2004 – 2018
  • Founder NYSBA Elder Law Section Pro Bono Senior Clinic, 2006 – 2018