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Ami S. Longstreet has been an attorney at Mackenzie Hughes since 1998
and is a partner in the firm. She is charged with helping businesses and
members of the Syracuse community understand estate and trust planning
and administration as well as elder law, including asset protection and
Medicaid planning, and planning for individuals with disabilities.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Vermont
and worked in Vermont as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) for two years.
After that, she attended Syracuse University College of Law and graduated
cum laude. While a student, she was a member of the Justinian Honorary
Law Society and the Syracuse University Law Journal of International Law.
In 1985, Ami was admitted to the New York Bar, the U.S. District Court,
Northern District of New York, and in 1986, the U.S. Court of Appeals,
Ami's professional affiliations include the Onondaga County Bar Association,
the Central New York Women's Bar Association, the New York State (Elder
Law Section - Past President; Trusts and Estates Section - District Delegate)
and American (Real Property, Probate and Trusts; and Tax Sections) Bar
Associations. She is also a volunteer speaker for the New York State,
Onondaga County and Central New York Women's Bar Associations, as well
as other nonprofit organizations. She is a board member and secretary
of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York, and a board member
of the YMCA Greater Syracuse and the Fayetteville Free Library. Ami was
former Chair of the Governance Council of the Women's Fund of Central
New York, a Fund of the Central New York Community Foundation. From 1996
to 1999, she served as an adjunct professor of "Elder Law" at
Syracuse University College of Law. She has been listed in the Elder Law
Section of "Best Lawyers in America" and the "Super Lawyers
New York Upstate Edition" for Elder Law and Estate Planning and Probate
since 2007. Ami was elected as a Fellow in ACTEC (American College of
Trust and Estate Counsel).
Ami also spent a substantial amount of time in 2000 and 2001 co-authoring
eight quarterly articles titled, "Tax News," for the Elder Law
Attorney, the official newsletter of the Elder Law Section of the NYSBA.
She has also written outlines for many of the speaking engagements listed
Prior to joining Mackenzie Hughes, Ami worked as an attorney at another
large law firm in Syracuse, subsequent to practicing as an attorney in
Albany for five years. She was also self-employed as a practicing attorney
for four years. In all of these positions, her area of expertise was elder
law and estate and trust planning and administration.