THE LAW OFFICES OF MARISSA T. JONES


Marissa T. Jones has been practicing law since 2005.  She is a 2001 graduate of CUNY Brooklyn College and graduated New York Law School in 2004.

Marissa T. Jones was first exposed to the practice of law when she was sixteen.  At that time she began working at the Law Firm of Anthony V. Guardino, whose practice primarily focused on real estate transactions and probate and administration of wills.   Her experience solidified her decision that she wanted to go to law school and become an attorney.    After Graduating from Law School in 2004, she 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, she became a Staff Attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLP.  For the next eleven years of her career, she was a corporate regulatory attorney working both as in-house counsel and as an associate in a private practice firm.   She worked as a Staff Attorney at Skadden from February 2005 until July 2007. It was at Skadden that she became exposed to the insurance regulatory world and mergers and acquisitions.   In July 2007,  she became in-house counsel to Starr International USA, Inc.,  a client of Skadden Arps.  She was in-house counsel to Starr from July 2007 until September 2010.  From September 2011 until March 2013, she was a compliance manager for Parsons Brinkerhoff, Inc.   From April 2013 until she opened my own practice in March 2015, I was an associate at Goldberg Segalla, LLP.

Although Marissa was fortunate enough to have had a successful career in the area of corporate law, in 2015, her passion changed to servicing the elderly, the incapacitated, and individuals with disabilities and special needs.  Through her own personal experience becoming a legal guardian for a member of her family that was incapacitated, Marissa realized that this was an area of law that she wanted to pursue and felt passionate about.  Her 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, she shifted her focus to helping individuals with their estate planning, real estate matters, and issues relating to guardianship proceedings.  In this capacity, she works to protect individuals, couples, families, seniors, veterans, adult children with elderly parents, and parents with mental and physical disabilities.   She has worked with hundreds of families to help them achieve their goals of preserving their assets, providing those they love with the protections and care they need through guardianship proceedings and proper medicaid planning.  She has also helped families during their times of loss through the administration and probate process.   It is her top priority to help families preserve everything that they have worked hard to achieve over the years and ensure that their wealth is passed down to future generations, while still receiving the medical care and attention required to live out their remaining years with dignity and grace.

She brings to this arena both a personal and professional connection to the incapacitated community.  She currently serves as an Article 81 Guardian for various individuals suffering from mental health issues including depression, bipolar schizophrenia, personality disorders, and others who are just mentally and physically unable to care for themselves.  She has 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 her that these individuals facing mental disabilities need an advocate who will protect not only their assets, but also their quality of life and dignity.   She 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.

The Attorneys at the Law Firm of Marissa T. Jones, focus on the following practice areas:

Guardianships – We 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 – We 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.  We assist families in medicaid planning and applying for medicaid. Advance planning can ensure that elders  receive the care they deserve without depleting their  financial resources. We also assist families who believe someone they love has been subjected to elder abuse.

Estate Planning – We work with individuals and families to devise valid 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.

Matrimonial Matters: We can assist you with pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, separation agreements, and uncontested divorces.

Medicaid Planning and Crisis Planning- We consult families on how to structure assets to ensure they are protected against nursing home costs. Typical strategies include, asset transfers, trust and promissory notes.

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

Real Estate – We handle both residential and commercial real estate transactions.  We 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.


LICENSES:

Admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey

HONORS:

  • Super Lawyer’s Rising Star 2015
  • Best of NY Honoree 2016 – The Law Office of Marissa T. Jones earned one of the top scores among the Best for NYC Finalists, specially, earning top scores for Community and the Environment in Staten Island.
  • New York Metro Area Rising Star Top Lawyers 2018

BOARD AFFILIATIONS:

Recording Secretary – Staten Island Women’s Bar Association

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

Community Board 2 – Board Member

ORGANIZATIONS:

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Elder Counsel Attorney
  • Women’s Bar Association of New York (WBASNY)
  • Staten Island Women’s Bar Association
  • Richmond County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Staten Island Business Council

CERTIFICATIONS:

  • NY Real Estate Broker License