Deidre M. Baker received her J.D. from the City University of New York School of Law and her B.A. in English and History from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She was recently selected to the SuperLawyers Rising Star and Best Lawyers lists for the fourth consecutive year. She is an attorney at Makofsky Valente Law Group, P.C., with offices in Garden City. For over thirty years, the firm’s practice has concentrated in Elder Law, estate planning, Medicaid planning and applications, guardianships, and probate and estate administration.
Deidre is the Secretary of the Nassau County Brehon Law Society, an organization whose mission is to protect, defend and extend human rights. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Elder Law and Special Needs Section, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Trusts and Estates Section. Deidre is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and its Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee, as well as the Queens County Bar Association. Deidre was selected as a 2023 honoree for the Irish Echo’s 40 Under 40 list.
Deidre is a respected writer and has authored various articles for legal publication on topics ranging from estate planning (“Long-Term Care Planning with Trusts,” Nassau Lawyer, March 2021, “Life Estate Deeds: Pitfalls and Considerations,” Nassau Lawyer, March 2020) to Medicaid planning (“CDPAP: Medicaid Recipients Can Choose Their Caregivers,” Nassau Lawyer, March 2019) to the importance of attorney collaboration to best serve clients (“Securing Medicaid Benefits for Those With an Immediate Need” Elder and Special Needs Law Journal, Vol.27, Spring 2017).
Deidre concentrates her efforts on guardianship proceedings, asset protection planning, Medicaid applications, estate administration, and drafting various estate planning documents for our clients. Deidre is frequently selected for court appointments pursuant to Part 36 of the Rules of the Chief Judge of the New York State Unified Court System. These appointments include serving as Court Evaluator, Counsel for the Guardian, Counsel for the Alleged Incapacitated Person, and Guardian Ad Litem in estate proceedings.
Deidre is a lively lecturer and has presented to numerous groups on topics ranging from elder law and estate planning to Medicaid planning techniques.
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