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Elder Law & Disability Planning

With his wife in a nursing home, an elderly gentleman with a medical condition turned to Mackenzie Hughes to help him secure 24-hour home care through Medicaid using a caregiver of his choice. Through advocacy and negotiations with a variety of healthcare agencies in Onondaga County, Mackenzie Hughes secured the services he needed—making it the first case in Onondaga County where Medicaid covered 24-hour home care.

Because of our experience, judgment and sensitivity in advising clients on important personal planning issues, our attorneys are highly regarded as being among the leading elder law counselors in the region. We focus on careful planning and drafting to meet the individualized needs of our clients, helping to assure their property will be suitably preserved in the event of potential future nursing home and long-term care needs, and minimizing the loss of assets for long-term care.

We also advise individuals with disabilities and their family members so that maximum asset preservation is achieved for disabled children and adults. We have extensive experience in both revocable and irrevocable trusts and will provide clear-cut explanations on whether these documents are recommended and, if so, what they mean and will do for you.

Our attorneys are experienced in the area of guardianships and work closely with clients in establishing guardianships as appropriate.

Specific services include:

  • Medicare and Medicaid planning, including asset preservation and trusts
  • Consulting on long-term care insurance coverage
  • Private medical insurance
  • Long-term care policies
  • Assistance regarding cost/availability of long-term care in Central New York
  • Planning regarding transfers of assets for Medicaid eligibility purposes
  • Trust planning, including revocable, irrevocable and supplemental needs trusts
  • Planning for individuals with disabilities
  • Guardianships for individuals with disabilities as well as elderly individuals


Ami S. Longstreet

Partner and Co General Counsel


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