Ellen G. Makofsky

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Garden City, NY

Makofsky Law Group, P.C.
 | 600 Old Country Road, Garden City, NY 11530
Phone: 516-712-2277
Fax: 516-228-6525
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1986
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Elder Law (60%),
  • Estate Planning & Probate (40%)
    Attorney Profile

    Four times selected to the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers list for the New York metro area, Ellen G. Makofsky is a the principal shareholder of Makofsky Law Group, P.C. successor firm to  Makofsky & Associates, P.C. and Raskin & Makofsky, LLP.  Ms. Makofsky has concentrated her practice in Elder Law and Trusts and Estates and Probate and Estate Administration for over a quarter of a century.  The National Elder Law Foundation has named her a certified elder law attorney (CELA).

    Ms. Makofsky is a past President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, New York Chapter and just completed a third term as Secretary of the New York Bar Association (NYSBA), the largest voluntary Bar in the United States.   She served as Chair of NYSBA's Committee on Legal Education and as Co-Chair of NYSBA's Women in the Law Committee and is Chair of the Working Group to amend the Power of Attorney statute.  Ms.Makofsky has served as a member of the Executive Committee of NYSBA for three terms  and served as Chair of NYSBA's  Elder Law Section.  Ms. Makofsky  is a past president of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County, served as a Chair of the Long Island Alzheimers' Foundation Legal Advisory Board and is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and a member of the Elder Law, Social Services and Health Advisory Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.  She is also one of the founders of the Senior Umbrella Network of Queens and  founder of the Sun Council, Inc. She is past president of the Nassau chapter of the Gerontology Professionals of Long Island and the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau.  

    Ms. Makofsky graduated cum laude from  Brooklyn Law School. In 2009, she received an award from the NYSBA Elder Law Section for her work in furtherance of the rights of the elderly and the disabled. In 2010, the 7th Senatorial District of New York State named her a Woman of Distinction. Long Island Business News  named her a Top 50 Woman in 2014.  In 2016 Ms. Makofsky was honored by The Maurice A. Deane School of Law Center for Children, Famiilies and the Law as an Outstanding Woman in the Law.  In 2017 Ms. Makofsky  received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Law from Long Island Business News.

     
    Practice Areas
    • 60%Elder Law
    • 40%Estate Planning & Probate
    Focus Areas

    Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Wills

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 12 yearsbottom-image

    Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2020

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    About Ellen Makofsky

    Admitted: 1986, New York

    Professional Webpage: https://makofskylaw.com/our-attorneys/ellen-g-makofsky/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Award for Advocacy and and Representation of the Elderly and Persons with Disabilites, Lifetime Acheivement Award , New York State Bar Association Elder Law and Special Needs Section, 2020
    • Cum Laude, Brooklyn Law School
    • Annual award to the 50 most influential businesswomen on Long Island, Top 50 Long Island Business Woman, Long Island Business News, 2014
    • Award for Outstanding Service to the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation ("LIAF"), Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation
    • Award for Pro Bono Service to The Nassau Bar Association Senior Citizen Clinic , The Nassau County Bar Association
    • Nassau County Bar Association  Access to Justice Award, 2013
    • Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Law, Long Island Business News, 2017
    • Award for Special Distinction, The Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island
    • Award for contributions to the 7th Senatorial District and the Long Island community at large, Woman of Distinction, 2010
    • Outstanding Woman in the Law, The Maurice A. Deane School of Law Center for Children, Famiilies and the Law, 2016
    • Ranked by U.S. News Best Lawyers as the Best Law Firm for Elder Law on Long Island in 2018, 2018 Best Law Long Island Elder Law Lawyer of the Year, U.S. News-Best Lawyer, 2018

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation, 2003

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Chair of the New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, 2007
    • Secretary of the New York State Bar Association, 2014
    • Member of The Nassau County Bar Association and member of the Elder Law, Social Services, Health Advocacy Committee, Surrogate's Court Estates & Trusts Committee and Women in the Court's Committee
    • Secretary of the New York State Bar Association Senior Lawyer Section Executive Committee, 2014
    • President of the Estate Planning Council of Nassau, Inc, 2011
    • Secretary of the New York State Bar Association, 2017
    • President of The Sun Council, Inc., 2011
    • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1986
    • Member of the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
    • Member of the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association
    • Co Chair of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Women in the Law, 2014
    • Past Chair of the Senior Umbrella Network of Nassau ("Sunn")
    • Secretary of The New York State Bar Association, 2016
    • President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys ("NAELA") New York Chapter, 2014
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1986
    • Member-at-Large of the New York State Bar Association Executive Committee, 2009
    • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 1990
    • Member of the Executive Committee of the New York State Bar Association Elder Law Section
    • Chair of the Legal Advisory Board of the Long Island Alzheimers Foundation ("LIAF"), 2012
    • Past Chair and Co-Founder of the Senior Umbrella Network of Queens (Sun-Q) an organization that of professionals who serve older adults and the disabled.
    • Secretary of the New York State Bar Association, 2015
    • Past President of the Gerontology Professionals of Long Island, Nassau Chapter
    •  New York, 1985
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit, 1990

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Past Trustee of Landmark on Mainstreet, Port Washington, NY
    • Nassau County Bar Association Access to Justice Champion
    • Attorney volunteer to the monthly Nassau Bar Association Senior Clinic, 2005
    • Founder NYSBA Elder Law Section Pro Bono Senior Clinic, 2006 - 2010
    • Initiated Statewide Pro Bono Senior Clinic for the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, 2007
    • Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Children's Center Located in Port Washington, New York

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    •  Advance Directive News Column, NYSBA, Quarterly Column
    • Improving Long Term Care, New York Law Journal, January, 2007
    • Ask the Expert-Yes, Mom Can Buy Your Help, Newsday, December 29, 2007
    • Elderly Will Suffer With Medicaid Change, Times Union, June 25, 2006
    • Advance Directive News:Circumstances Change, NYSBA Elder and Special Needs Law Journal, 2012

    Educational Background:

    • Brooklyn Law School, 1985
    • Queens College of the City of New York, Queens, New York, M.S.
    • Boston University, Boston, New York, B.S. in English, 1966

    Comments

    • “Wonderful, caring attorney.”
    • “She is very experienced, knowlegeable and personable.”
    • “I have worked with Ellen Makofsky for many years. She is certainly one of the best Elder Law attorneys in New York State.”
    • “Premiere Elder Law Attorney and former head of the New York State BarAssociation's Elder Law Section.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Ellen G. Makofsky

    600 Old Country Road
    Garden City, NY 11530

    Phone: 516-712-2277

    Fax: 516-228-6525

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