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Mr. Bollhofer is president of the law office of Joseph A. Bollhofer, P.C. in St. James, New York. He is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Mr. Bollhofer received his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. 

Elder Law and Estate and Business Planning, including asset transfer and Medicaid applications, have been primary areas of Mr. Bollhofer's law practice since 1985. He periodically gives lectures in these areas of law to community, professional and continuing education groups. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and of the Elder Law, Estates and Trusts and Real Property Sections of the New York State Bar Association and the Elder Law, Surrogate’s Court and Real Estate Committees of the Suffolk County Bar Association.

Mr. Bollhofer also maintains an active real estate practice, representing purchasers, sellers and lenders, and is vice-president and general counsel to Downstate Title Agency, Inc. He has been serving area residents and businesses since 1985. His legal advice regarding estate and medicaid planning, elder law and real estate matters has appeared several times in Newsday and other area publications.

An active participant in community affairs, Mr. Bollhofer is past president of the Smithtown Alumni Association, the Smithtown Rotary Club (2010-11), the Smithtown Township Arts Council and the St. James Chamber of Commerce. He has been a resident of Smithtown, St. James and Head of the Harbor for almost all of his life.


Practice areas


  1. Elder Law: 30%
    32 years, 800 cases
  2. Estate Planning: 25%
    32 years, 1.1 thousand cases
  3. Real Estate: 20%
    32 years, 1.3 thousand cases
  4. Probate: 15%
    32 years, 500 cases
  5. Personal Injury: 10%
    32 years, 300 cases



Fixed (always)

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Contact info

291 Lake Ave
Saint James, NY, 11780-2221


NYCurrently registered 198507/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Inclusion in PublicationWho's Who Among American Law School Students1984
Full Academic Scholarship, Senior YearFordham University School of Law1983
Inclusion in PublicationWho's Who Among American High School Students1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
V.P., General CounselDownstate Title Agency, Inc.1997 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember2011 - Present
Smithtown Alumni Association, Inc.President2003 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember1998 - Present
Suffolk County Bar Association, Elder Law CommitteeMember1998 - Present
Rotary Club of SmithtownPast President1994 - Present
St. James Chamber of CommercePast President1989 - Present
Suffolk County Bar Association, Real Property CommitteeMember1985 - Present
Suffolk County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Estate and Trust Administration CommitteeMember1985 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
Smithtown Township Arts CouncilPast President1995 - 2000
Publication nameTitleDate
Newsday"Ask the Expert: Try to Delay Dad's Home Sale"2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
State University of New York, Stony BrookSocial Sciences InterdisciplinaryBA - Bachelor of Arts1981