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Ami S. Longstreet

Partner and Co General Counsel

Ami S. Longstreet has been with Mackenzie Hughes since 1998 and is a partner in the firm.  She concentrates her practice in the areas of elder law, guardianships, planning for individuals with disabilities, estate and trust planning and administration.

In addition to representing clients, Ami serves as Co General Counsel to the Firm.  In this capacity, she focuses on advising the Firm’s attorneys on complicated ethical and professional issues.

  • Assisted a client in obtaining 24 hour home care, covered by Medicaid for his parents, the first 24 hour home care approved in the county in which it was approved
  • Assist clients on a daily basis through the complicated process of asset preservation planning and Medicaid applications
  • Assist clients from the least to the most wealthy through the estate and trust planning and estate and trust administration processes
  • Assist disabled members of our community and their families with special needs trusts, guardianships and other important planning techniques

Current:

  • Member of Upstate Foundation Professional Advisors Council
  • Volunteer for the Onondaga County Surrogate’s Court Clinic
  • Frequent lecturer on Elder Law and Trusts and Estates Law for various professional and not-for-profit entities
  • Fellow of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Co-Author of New York Practice Guide: Probate and Estate Administration, published by LexisNexis
  • District Delegate- Trusts & Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Author of “Tax Considerations for Estate Planning in Light of Recent Legislation and Case Law” which was published in “Inside the Minds/Strategies for Trusts and Estates in New York”, published by Thompson Reuters/Aspatore
  • On the Board of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse-Eastern District

Prior:

  • Chair of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Director and President of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York
  • Chair of the Governance Council of the Women’s Fund of Central New York
  • District Delegate for the Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Board Member, Fayetteville Free Library
  • Board Member, Alzheimer’s Association – Central New York Chapter
  • Board Member YMCA of Greater Syracuse
  • Board Member Girl Scout Council of Central New York
  • Co-Author of eight quarterly articles titled “Tax News” for the Elder Law Attorney, the official newsletter of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
  • Elected by peers as a Fellow in the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell
  • Elected as Super Lawyer by peers
  • Elected to Best Lawyers in America
  • University of Vermont, Bachelor of Science
  • Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law, Cum Laude
  • Vermont Certified Public Accountant
  • New York State
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit

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Mackenzie Hughes LLP Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

SYRACUSE, NY – Mackenzie Hughes LLP is pleased that eight of its lawyers have been named as Super Lawyers in the 2018 edition of New York Super Lawyers Upstate magazine. The list includes: Stephen T. Helmer, Business & Civil Litigation; Personal Injury & Medical Malpractice; Ami S. Longstreet, Estate Planning & Probate; Elder Law; James…

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Seven Mackenzie Hughes Attorneys Recognized as “Best Lawyers in America”

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Mackenzie Hughes LLP is proud to announce that seven of its attorneys have been named to the 2018 edition of Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Recognized for their work: Clayton H. Hale, Jr., tax; Stephen T. Helmer, commercial litigation, insurance law, personal…

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Mackenzie Hughes LLP Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Mackenzie Hughes LLP is pleased to announce Stephen T. Helmer, has been named as one of the Top 50 attorneys in Upstate New York for 2015 in the Super of New York Super Lawyers Upstate magazine. Also included in the 2015 are Elizabeth A. Hartnett, Estate and Probate; ; Ami S. Longstreet, Elder Law; James…

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New York State Budget Extends “Clawback” of Gifts for New York Estate Tax Purposes

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The Federal and New York State Tax Advantages of Long Term Care Insurance

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