Jennifer B. Cona

Top rated Elder Law attorney in Melville, New York

Cona Elder Law PLLC
Jennifer B. Cona
Cona Elder Law PLLC

Practice Areas: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in New York since: 1997

Education: University of Connecticut School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024

Cona Elder Law PLLC

225 Broadhollow Road
Suite 200
Melville, NY 11747 Visit website


Jennifer B. Cona is the founder and managing partner of Cona Elder Law PLLC, a well-known elder law and estate planning firm in Melville, New York. She provides a holistic approach to elder law, working together with both families and health care facilities to sustain quality care for golden-agers. She also heads up the firm’s Health Care Reimbursement and Recovery practice group.

With good knowledge of the federal and state laws that apply to elder care matters, Ms. Cona has dedicated her practice to helping the older population of New York make planning choices with or for their loved ones. She assists with Medicaid planning, preservation of assets, estate planning, estate litigation, probate and administration of estates, special needs planning, veterans’ benefits and guardianships.  

A 1991 graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, Ms. Cona graduated cum laude with a B.A. in political science. She received her J.D. from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 1996 and her license to practice in New York the following year.

A consummate professional, Ms. Cona has been honored in myriad ways by several prestigious organizations. She is:

·       Rated AV Preeminent* through Martindale-Hubbell and “Superb” through Avvo

·       Listed among 2015 “Top 10 Legal Eagles”

·       A recipient of Star Network’s Power Women in Business award

·       Selected for inclusion in the Best Lawyers and Who's Who in Healthcare Law

·       A Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University’s 2016 Outstanding Women in Law honoree

Accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Ms. Cona serves as a certified election inspector of the Suffolk County Board of Elections. She also frequently functions as a certified court evaluator and counsel to guardians and incapacitated people. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Ms. Cona always prioritizes corporate social responsibility and along with her firm, has founded a nonprofit called Senior Dreams Come True, which grants wishes to low-income seniors on Long Island. Furthermore, she holds memberships and leadership positions with charitable organizations such as the Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center, United Way of Long Island and more.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

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

  • 70% Elder Law
  • 30% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 1997, New York

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Educational Background:
  • Bachelor of Arts cum laude and with High Honors, William Smith College
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Founder, Cona Elder Law Charitable Events
  • Legal Advisory Board, Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center (LIAD)
  • Past Board Member, Visiting Nurse Association of Long Island
  • Board Member, United Way of Long Island  
  • Founder and Co-Chair, Senior Dreams Come True
  • Ms. Cona serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (LIAF) and serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Long Island.  Ms. Cona not only dedicates her personal time to community involvement and charitable endeavors but she has made charitable giving and community outreach part of the fabric of her law firm.  In 2007, Ms. Cona launched GDGC Charitable Events, the firm’s own not-for-profit organization committed to enhancing the quality of life for the elderly and the underprivileged. She spearheads various community outreach programs including GDGC’s own Senior Dreams Come True which grants wishes to low income seniors - from helping a senior meet basic needs to fulfilling a lifelong dream.  Senior Dreams has granted such wishes as airfare to see a newborn grandchild, building a wheelchair ramp, assistance with medical costs and co-pays, dental work, hearing aides, a day trip upstate to visit a disabled child in a group home and more.  GDGC attorneys and staff volunteer their time so there are no administrative costs, allowing every dollar raised to directly benefit seniors. Under her direction and as a team, “Team GDGC” has volunteered, participated in and raised money for charitable causes including the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF), the American Heart Association, the MS Society, and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  With her support and work schedule accommodation, the firm has entered three attorneys in the Long Island Fight for Charity.  GDGC attorneys and staff volunteered as a group to serve meals at the Ronald McDonald House, the INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network), stocked shelves at Long Island Cares, The Harry Chapin Food Bank and participate annually in a Midnight Run relief mission to hand deliver food and warm clothes to New York City’s homeless.  In 2016, the firm was honored with the Outstanding Corporation Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).  For 2017, the staff voted to fundraise internally for Sweet Cases - Together We Rise to support foster children and Honor Flight to support Veterans. 
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Certified Election Inspector, Suffolk County Board of Elections
  • Accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • State Certified Court Evaluator and Counsel to Guardians and Incapacitated Persons
  • Ms. Cona is a New York State Certified Guardian, Court Evaluator and Counsel to incapacitated persons and is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs for the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for Veterans benefits. 
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Ms. Cona is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (“NAELA”), the Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Sections of the New York State Bar Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, the Suffolk County Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Nassau County. 
  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Elder Law Section
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Elder Law Committee
  • New York State Bar Association, Elder Law and Trusts & Estates Sections
  • End of Life Shepherd, National End-of-Life Doula Alliance
  • Founder and Chair, Advanced Elder Law Focus Group
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • 10.0 Avvo Rating, 2019
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Jennifer Cona is a monthly columnist since 2021 to present in the Long Island Press, writing articles pertaining to Elder Law and Estate Planning matters., Monthly Columnist, Power of Your Attorney, Long Island Press, 2022
  • Ms. Cona has been featured in both local and national media and is frequently quoted in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger’s Retirement Report, USA Today, Long Island Business News, New York Law Journal, CPA Wealth Provider, Nassau Lawyer and Suffolk Lawyer and has been featured numerous times in Newsday’s Ask the Expert column. She has appeared as a legal expert on CNN, WNBC News, News 12 Television, News 55, Channel 21, WBLI Radio, WOR and WFAN.   Ms. Cona has authored numerous articles, including:  ♦ Healthcare for Seniors:  Now is the Time to Act (Long Island Business News) ♦ Protecting Assets:  What Seniors and Their Loved Ones Need to Know (Anton Media) ♦ Elder Care Expands in New York:  Will it Be Enough? (Long Island Business News)♦ Accessing a Loved One’s Medical Records:  The Intersection of HIPAA and the Family Health Care Decisions Act (The Suffolk Lawyer)♦ End-of-Life Decisions for Incapacitated Adults: Caught Between a Conflict of Laws (New York Law Journal)♦ Promissory Notes:  Know What You Don’t Know (Suffolk Lawyer)♦ Re-Thinking Law Firm Culture:  Blending Attorney Values with Client Demands and  Demographic Realities (New York Law Journal)♦ Protecting Residents: Should Nursing Homes Bring Guardianship Proceedings (Nassau Lawyer) ♦ Medicaid and Promissory Notes:  The Challenge Continues (Suffolk Lawyer)♦ Promissory Notes and Medicaid Planning:  A Last Bastion of Asset Transfers Following Changes in Federal Law (New York Law Journal)♦ Advocating for Twenty-Four Hour Split-Shift Home Care:  Building Your Case at Fair Hearing (NYSBA Elder Law Attorney) ♦ Medicaid Reform and the Deficit Reduction Act:  What Attorneys Need to Know (Nassau Lawyer) ♦ When Planning for Medicaid Leads to Estate Litigation (New York Law Journal)♦ Beware of the Deficit Reduction Act:  What Accountants Need to Know (CPA Wealth Provider) ♦ Spreading the Risk:  Managed Medicaid Home Care (Nassau Lawyer) ♦ Promissory Notes and Medicaid Planning:  Not for the Weak at Heart (New York Law Journal) ♦ Family Health Care Decisions Act:  A Surrogate Decision-Making Framework (Nassau Lawyer)♦ Shielding Assets for Medicaid:  The Note and Loan Strategy (Long-Term Living Magazine) ♦ Putting an End to the Statistical Games in Medicaid Home Care Cases (Suffolk Lawyer)  ♦ Death Before Determination:  Securing Retroactive Medicaid Home Care Benefits (NYSBA Elder Law Attorney)♦ Innovative Medicaid Planning Strategy – Note and Loan (Suffolk Lawyer)♦ Special Needs Trusts:  The Basics for Personal Injury Attorneys (Nassau Lawyer)
  • Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • 10.0 Avvo Rating
  • Who’s Who in Women in Professional Service
  • 40 Under 40 Rising Stars
  • Top 10 Legal Eagle
  • Power Women in Business
  • Smart CEO Brava Award
  • Most Powerful Women on Long Island
  • Who's Who in Healthcare Law 2021
  • Long Island Business Hall of Fame
  • Leadership in Law
  • Power 25 in Law
  • Power 25 in Law, Long Island Business News, 2021
  • Super Lawyers, 2021
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • Top 50 Women in Business Hall of Fame, Long Island Business News, 2018
  • Who's Who in Healthcare Law, Long Island Business News, 2017
  • Smart CEO Brava Award, Smart CEO, 2016
  • Top Women in the Law, New York Law Journal, 2016
Industry Groups:
  • Advanced Elder Law Focus Group
  • Founder And Chair

Office location for Jennifer B. Cona

225 Broadhollow Road
Suite 200
Melville, NY 11747

Phone: 631-390-5000


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024

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