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Areas of Practice include:

Elder Law & Disability Planning
Estate, Trust and Guaradianship Litigation
Estates, Trusts & Personal Planning
Family & Matrimonial Law
Health Care Law
Wealth Management

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Anne B. Ruffer is a partner, chair of the Trusts and Estates Department and a member of the Executive Committee at Mackenzie Hughes LLP. Her practice focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, estate litigation, wills, trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, living wills, guardianships, elder law and long-term care planning as well as a variety of business related matters.

Anne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin in 1980. She attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel from 1978 to 1979. She went on to study at Syracuse University College of Law, where she graduated high honors with a Juris Doctorate in 1983. Anne was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984.

Anne is a member of Onondaga County, New York State (Trusts and Estates and Elder Law Sections and former Elder Law Fifth District Delegate), American Bar and CNY Women's Bar Associations. Anne is Past-President of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation. She is co-chair of the OCBA Surrogate's Court Practice Committee. Anne is a Trustee for Vera House Foundation, Inc. heading its Major Gifts Committee and is a regular volunteer at Vera House's Monday Night Legal Clinic. She is also chair of the CNY Community Foundation's Professional Advisors Group, a member of the Menorah Park Foundation and a Vice-President of Congregation Beth Sholom Chevra Shas. Anne is a former chairperson for Vera House Foundation, Inc., former member of the Arc Guardianship committee, former President of the Vera House Board of Directors, has served as Vera House's liaison to the United Way and was a member of the DeWitt Community Library Board of Trustees.

Anne is a past recipient of the Onondaga County Bar Association's Distinguished Pro Bono Award and New York State Bar Association's President's Pro Bono Service Attorney Award.
Anne presently co-authors New York Practice Guide-Probate and Estate Administration (Lexis). She co-authored the tax news column for "Elder Law Attorney," a publication of the New York State Bar Association. Column titles have included, "College Choice Tuition Program," "New York's SOP Tax: What Do We Do Now?," "Home Sale Exclusion: Tax Issues to Consider," "Some Tax Issues Which Affect Disabled Persons and their Families," and "New York's Supplemental Needs Trusts: Testamentary Bequests." She has lectured on the topics of estate planning, asset preservation, guardianship and ethics matters for the New York State Bar Association, Onondaga County Bar Association, and private organizations.

Outside of work, Anne enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, and reading.


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