Cona Elder Law Founder & Managing Partner Jennifer Cona has been named on Long Island Business News’ 2023 Who’s Who: Women in Professional Services.
Jennifer B. Cona is the founder and managing partner of Cona Elder Law, an award-winning elder law and estate planning law firm in Melville that is celebrating 25 years in business.
Cona’s practice focuses on asset protection, Medicaid planning, estate planning, probate and estate administration, estate litigation, special needs planning and guardianships. Cona also founded the firm’s Health Care Reimbursement and Recovery practice group. Under Cona’s guidance, the firm works to secure and ensure a payment source for long term health care, working together with both families and health care facilities to sustain quality care for older adults.
Cona noted that a new trend is emerging in the context of elder financial abuse – senior scams.
“Seniors are falling prey to scams perpetrated against them by foreign nationals, as well as members of their own community,” she said. “This growing industry is targeting our most vulnerable. Many seniors do not report that they have been scammed because they are embarrassed, or they fear losing their independence; they are afraid the children will take over their finances. But the more people who come forward to report scams, the more scammers can be caught and prosecuted, and the more seniors we can protect.” “We firmly believe that by exposing these malicious actors and seeking restitution on behalf of the victims, we can make a significant impact in protecting our older adults,” Cona said.
Under Cona’s direction, the firm has received the prestigious HIA-LI Business Achievement Award. Dedicating herself and her firm to corporate social responsibility, the firm has received the Outstanding Corporation Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals and was recognized as Those Who Make a Difference by HIA-LI. Cona is the founder of the firm’s own non-profit, Senior Dreams Come True, which grants wishes to lowincome seniors, from helping a senior meet basic needs to fulfilling a life-long dream.
Cona is recognized by Best Lawyers in America© and is rated a Super Lawyer. She is also the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for her business acumen and commitment to the community including New York Law Journal’s Top Women in Law (inaugural class); ); Long Island Press 2023 Power List; Top 10 Legal Eagle on Long Island; and Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney for her legal services provided to a severely disabled woman.
Cona is the immediate past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center and currently serves as Secretary on the Board. She also serves on the board of the United Way of Long Island. She is the founder and chair of the Advanced Elder Law Focus Group, an industry thinktank. Cona is a New York State Certified Guardian, Court Evaluator and Counsel to incapacitated persons and is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 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.
Cona has been featured in many publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsday, The New York Law Journal, Kiplinger’s and Reader’s Digest. She is also a frequent lecturer and has appeared as a guest on WNBC-TV, WABCTV, CNN-fn, News 12, WLNY News 55 and many radio stations including WOR, WCBS AM, WBAB and WFAN.
Cona Elder Law is a leading elder law and senior health care industry resource, distinguished by its multigenerational and holistic approach to elder law and estate planning. The firm’s mission is to inspire and empower people to embrace aging with support, resources and referrals. The firm provides thought leadership and delivers legal services to both families and the health care industry, finding innovative strategies and solutions to ensure older adults receive quality care.
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