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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 and chair of the Trusts and Estates Department at Mackenzie Hughes LLP. She is also a member of the Firm's Executive Committee and the Firm's Administrative Partner. She concentrates her practice in estate planning (wills, trusts, and advanced directives), estate and trust administration, elder law and long term care planning, estate litigation, and guardianships, as well as 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 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. She has been listed in the "Super Lawyers New York Upstate Edition" for Estate Planning and Probate since 2009. Anne is Past-President of the Onondaga County Bar Foundation. She is a former co-chair of the OCBA Surrogate's Court Practice Committee. Anne is a Trustee for Vera House Foundation, Inc., formerly Chair of the organization and its Major Gifts Committee. She 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 and a member of the Menorah Park Foundation. Anne is a former Vice-President of Congregation Beth Sholom Chevra Shas. Anne is a 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 co-authored New York Practice Guide-Probate and Estate Administration (Lexis) and 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, administration and litigation, elder law and long-term care planning, guardianship, special needs trust, 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, swimming and reading.


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