THE LAW OFFICES OF MARISSA T. JONES


I am a 2004 graduate of New York Law School. For the first eleven years of my career, I practiced as a corporate regulatory attorney working both as in-house counsel and as an associate in a private practice firm.  I was first exposed to the practice of law when I was sixteen.  At that time I began working at the Law Firm of Anthony V. Guardino, whose practice primarily focused on real estate transactions and probate and administration of wills.   It was during this time I made the decision to go to law school.   After Graduating from Law School, I became a Contract Attorney working on assignments for two large law firms: Paul Weiss, Rifkin, Wharton & Garrison, LLP and Hughes and Hubbard and Reed, LLP.  In February 2005, I became a Staff Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.  I worked as a Staff Attorney at Skadden from February 2005 until July 2007. It was at Skadden that I became exposed to the insurance regulatory world and mergers and acquisitions.   In July 2007,  I became in-house counsel to Starr International USA, Inc., one of my clients at Skadden Arps. I was in-house counsel to Starr from July 2007 until September 2010.  From September 2011 until March 2013, I was a compliance manager for Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc.   From April 2013 until I opened my own practice in March 2015, I was an associate at Goldberg Segalla, LLP.

Although I have been fortunate enough to have had a terrific experience in the area of corporate law, my passion has changed to servicing the elderly, the incapacitated, and individuals with disabilities and special needs.  I have a personal connection to this area of law and believe I can use my experience to bring comfort and offer guidance to others similarly situated.

In 2015, I shifted my focus to helping individuals with their estate planning, real estate matters, and issues relating to guardianship proceedings.  In this capacity, I work to protect individuals, couples, families, seniors, veterans, adult children with elderly parents, and parents with mental and physical disabilities.   I bring to this arena both a personal and professional connection to the incapacitated community.  I currently serve as an Article 81 Guardian for a family member who was diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia.  I have firsthand knowledge of the issues and hardships family members of those suffering from mental illness face-including both the financial challenges and alienation from the community based upon the stigmas associated with mental illness.  Years of visiting several different hospitals has taught me that these individuals facing mental disabilities need an advocate who will protect not only their assets, but also their quality of life and dignity.   I am committed to making sure that the incapacitated community has an advocate that will treat them with the respect, compassion, and dignity they deserve while protecting their best interests.

Currently my practice focuses on:

Guardianships - I represent individuals in Article 81 and 17A Guardianship proceedings, which deal with the appointments of guardians to manage the affairs of minors or incapacitated adults --  including both financial and medical decisions;

Elder Law - I work with elders  so that they can accomplish their  legal, financial and healthcare goals.  It is important to properly plan in advance for illnesses, disabilities or unforeseen accidents.  Advance planning can ensure that elders  receive the care they deserve without depleting their  financial resources. I also assist families who believe someone they love has been subjected to elder abuse.

Estate Planning - I work with individuals and families to devisevalid estate plans to protect their assets and loved ones. A personalized estate plan may include including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and healthcare directives to give clients peace of mind that they have done everything to protect those they love --alleviating some of the stress in an already emotional situation.

Probate and Estate Administration - Whether an individual dies with or without a will, I can represent families to guide them through the complex Surrogate Court procedures for  administering estate assets.

Real Estate - I handle both residential and commercial real estate transactions.  I handle all aspects of the real estate transaction from contract negotiation and drafting, to mortgage referrals and review of mortgage documents, to  title search reviews and resolving all title issues to ensure clear title.


Honors:

• Super Lawyer’s Rising Star 2015

• Best of NY Honoree 2016 - The Law Office of Marissa T. Jonesearned one of the top scores among the Best for NYC Finalists, specially, earning top scores for Community and the Environment in Staten Island.

Board Affiliations:

Director - Staten Island Women’s Bar Association

Busy Beach Day Care Center: Member of the Board for Busy Beach Day Care, which provides child care services for ages 3 months - 5 years, including UPK.

Organizations:

• Staten Island Women’s Bar Association
• New York County Women’s Bar Association
• Richmond County Bar Association
• New York State Bar Assocation
• Staten Island Business Council

Certifications:

• NY Real Estate Broker License