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Nancy Burner

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Nancy Burner, Esq. CELA is an Elder Law Advocate, Founder and Managing Partner of Nancy Burner & Associates P.C. who has been practicing law since 1988.  


She is a member of the Elder Law and Trust and Estates sections of the New York State Bar Association; the Suffolk County Bar Association; and the Real Property, Trust and Probate Committee of the American Bar Association.  Nancy is certified by the National Elder Law Foundation, and accredited by the American Bar Association. 


In 2002 Nancy was appointed to The New York Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection and currently serves as Vice-Chair. The Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection is a 7 member state administered agency created in 1981 to protect legal consumers from dishonest conduct in the practice of law.  


Recognized as a leader in Elder Law by both her peers and her clients, she has received the highest professional rating from Martindale Hubbell based on confidential peer reviews; since 2007 has been repeatedly nominated to Super Lawyers; and carries a 10+ superb rating on AVVO.


Nancy frequently lectures on the legislative changes, financial implications, and governmental benefits affecting the elderly and special needs population.  In addition, she sits on the Legal Advisory Board of the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center of Long Island, and is a staunch advocate of increased support for research and services for those touched by this disease.  


Nancy earned her Bachelor of Arts in 1985 from Stony Brook University where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. She graduated in the top 2% of her class, with distinction, from Hofstra University School of Law in 1988.  In 2011, Nancy returned to her alma mater as an Adjunct Professor, where she created and teaches their first law school course in Elder Law.  She also teaches Elder Law at Touro Law.



Nancy continues to grow her practice with offices in Manhattan, Setauket, and Westhampton Beach.  She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York.




*The National Elder Law Foundation ifs not affiliated with any governmental authority. Certification is not a requirement for practice of law in the State of New York and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law.



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Practice areas


  1. Trusts: 20%
  2. Elder Law: 20%
  3. Medicaid & Medicare: 20%
  4. Estate Planning: 20%
  5. Guardianship: 20%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Nancy Burner & Associates, P.C.

12 Research Way
East Setauket, NY, 11733-2806


NYCurrently registered 198803/13/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
NY Women Leaders in the LawNew York Magazine2015
Best Law FirmUS News & World Report2015
Super Lawyer 2015Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Super Lawyer 2014Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Super Lawyer 2013Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Super Lawyer 2012Super Lawyers Magazine2012
SuperLawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2010
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2009
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2007
Outstanding ServiceDay Haven Adult Services2006
Outstanding ServiceSteve Levy Suffolk County Executive2006
Special Recognition of ServiceCongressmen Steve Israel2006
Certificate of AppreciationLions Club2005
Citation of ExcellenceNY State Assembly (Steven Engelbright)2001
Award of Recognition of ExcellenceSuffolk County Bar Association1992
The Benjamin Weintraub & Alan Resnick Bankruptcy Law PrizeHofstra University1988
Leadership Recognition AwardNational Multiple Sclerosis SocietyN/A
Designation of CELANational Academy of Elder Law AttorneysN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorHofstra University School Of Law2011 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorTouro Law Center2015 - 2015
FounderNancy Burner & Associates, P.C.1995 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
John T. Mather Foundation BoardBoard Member2012 - 2013
Alzheimer's Disease and Resource Center of Long IslandBoard Member on the Legal Advisory Board2010 - Present
New York Lawyers FundTrustee2002 - 2005
National Association of Elder Law AttorneysMember2000 - Present
Suffolk County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Suffolk County Women's Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Real Property, Trust and Probate CommitteeMemberN/A
Board of Directors of John T. Mather Memorial HospitalBoard MemberN/A
New York State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Times Beacon RecordIncreases In Estate Tax Exemptions Allow For More Meaningful Estate Planning2015
South Shore PressIRA: Are They an Item of Income or a Resource?2015
South Shore PressFailure to Maximize an IRA2015
Times Beacon RecordWhat is a Pooled Trust and Why Should I Care?2015
South Shore PressSupplemental Security Income2015
South Shore PressTaxation of a Decedent2015
South Shore PressTransferring Property into a Trust2015
South Shore PressMedicare Changes2015
Times Beacon RecordEnd of Life Decisions2015
South Shore PressHow to Name a Minor as a Beneficiary on an IRA2015
South Shore PressCan We Avoid Capital Gains2014
Nancy Burner & Associates Firm BlogStar Exemptions2012
Southampton PressFirst Alzheimers Walk Comes To Westhampton Beach2012
Nancy Burner & Associates, P.C.Family Healthcare Decision Act2012
Times Beacon RecordTax Consequences of Irrevocable Trusts Create Confusion2012
Times Beacon RecordUnderstanding supplemental needs trusts2011
Times Beacon Record NewspapersNew tax law attempts to make long-term care insurance affordable2010
New York State Bar AssociationEthical Considerations for the Elder Law Attorney Under the Rules of Professional Conduct2010
Times Beacon RecordWhat is the Family Health Care Decision Act?2010
Times Beacon RecordMedicare rehab extended2010
Times Beacon RecordConsider a qualified personal residential trust to cut estate taxes2010
Times Beacon RecordEstablishing an estate plan2010
Times Beacon RecordFirst- and third-party supplemental needs trusts can help disabled2010
South Shore PressAsk Nancy2010
The Suffolk LawyerRetirement Funds and Medicaid2009
Super LawyerNancy Burner, second year named to Super Lawyers2009
The Village TimesElder law attorney Nancy Burner Counsels with care2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Hofstra University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
State University of New York, Stony BrookN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1985
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Importance of Planning EarlyEstate Planning2012
Planning Strategies for Families with Special Needs ChildrenSpecial Needs2012
2012 Walk to End Alzheimer'sAlzheimer's2012
Trusts TopicsTrusts2011
Recent Changes in the Medicaid and Federal Tax Estate LawsEstate Planning and Elder Care2011
Planning Strategies for Families with Special NeedsSpecial Needs Planning2011
Medicaid and Estate Tax Law Changes 2011Medicaid and Estate2011
Estate Planning and Financial Strategies for RetirementEstate Planning2011
Alzheimer's Disease Education Conference and EXPOHealth Care Reform2011
Workshop for Executors and TrusteesLiving Trusts and Estate Planning Seminar2010
Senior Checklist ForumEstate Planning2010
Panel Discussions & Open HouseEstate Planning and Elder Law2010
Long Term PlanningEstate Planning and Elder Care Seminar2010
Estate Planning for Singles and CouplesEstate Planning Seminar2010
Estate Planning and Elder Care SeminarEstate Planning and Elder Care2010
Long Term Care Options: Nursing Home or Home CareEstate and Medicaid Planning2009
Estate Planning and Elder Care SeminarEstate Planning and Elder CareN/A