Lisa R. Valente is a partner at Makofsky Law Group, P.C., with offices in Garden City, New York. She was recently selected as a recipient of the 17th Assembly District’s “Women of Distinction” Award for 2021. She is a cum laude graduate of Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center. She received her B.A. in Politics, Economics and Law with honors from SUNY College at Old Westbury. Prior to becoming an attorney, Lisa worked at the Firm for many years as a senior paralegal. Lisa has extensive substantive and procedural knowledge in matters concerning Elder Law, Medicaid, asset protection planning, estate planning, guardianships, probate, and estate administration.
Lisa is a member of the New York State Bar Association and its Elder Law and Special Needs, Trusts and Estates and Young Lawyers Sections. Lisa is also a member of the Nassau County Bar Association and serves as Co-Vice-Chair of its Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advocacy Committee. In addition, Lisa is a member of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association and the Portuguese American Bar Association. Lisa is a Board member and Vice President of the New York Portuguese-American Leadership Conference. In addition, Lisa was inducted into the New York Portuguese-American Women Hall of Fame in February, 2020, and she was the recipient of the 2020 International Women’s Day award from Associação Girassol for her accomplishments as a strong Portuguese-American woman.
Lisa is a respected writer and was selected as the winner of the 2019 Elder and Special Needs Law Journal Writing Competition which was based on her article titled “Constitutional Challenges to Article 17-A Guardianships,” which has since been reprinted and cited by others in the legal community. In addition, Lisa authored an article for the Nassau Lawyer titled “Drafting Estate Planning Documents for Non-English Speaking Clients” (Nassau Lawyer, March, 2020).
Lisa concentrates her legal efforts on probate and estate administration, trust administration, accountings, beneficiary representation, asset protection planning, Medicaid applications, and drafting various estate planning documents for clients such as Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies. Lisa is a lively lecturer and recently presented a webinar on “Digital Assets” to the Nassau County Bar Association.
Lisa is bi-lingual with a fluency in both English and Portuguese. She is passionate about providing her clients with the utmost personal and high-quality legal service.
Outside the office and court, Lisa teaches religious education to the children of her local parish. In addition, Lisa is involved with the Nassau County Bar Association’s mentorship program. During her downtime, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband, three teenagers and fur baby at home.
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