While working on her undergraduate coursework at Alfred State College and the State University of New York at Buffalo, Jean Harris Gustafson, Esq. became employed by one of our area's largest non-profit corporations serving individuals with disabilities. After several years with the same agency, she decided to pursue a law degree in hopes of continuing her work advocating on behalf of people with disabilities and their families.
In 2004, Jean graduated magna cum laude from the University at Buffalo Law School and began practicing law in the areas of special education law, disability law and estate planning. Currently, her practice spans across all areas of Elder and Disability Law.
Much of Jean's practice focuses on Medicaid Planning for individuals contemplating a potential or immediate need for residential nursing home or assisted living placement. In these instances, we take advantage of the various assets protection tools that are available pursuant to federal and state laws and rules, in order to preserve the assets that our clients have accumulated during their lives. If a Medicaid application is necessary, we work directly with the appropriate government agencies and private facilities to ease the individual's transition to their new home.
Jean also dedicates much of her practice to Estate Planning for disabled and non-disabled individuals. Through the employment of appropriate Estate Planning documents, such as Wills, Trusts, Living Wills, Health Care Proxies and Powers of Attorney, clients can and do avoid significant negative consequences which would otherwise result. In addition, they are able to ensure that their desired legacy is given effect.
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|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Bar Association of Erie County||Member||N/A|
|New York State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2004|
|State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|