Areas of Practice include:
Elder Law & Disability
Estate, Trust and Guaradianship Litigation
Estates, Trusts & Personal
Health Care Law
Anne B. Ruffer has been at Mackenzie Hughes since 1987. She is a partner
in the firm and a member of the Executive Committee. Her practice focuses
on estate and trust administration, estate litigation, estate planning,
wills, trusts, powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, living wills, guardianships,
elder law and long-term care planning as well as a variety of business
Anne received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University
of Wisconsin in 1980. She attended Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel
from 1978 to 1979. She went on to study at Syracuse University College
of Law, where she graduated high honors with a Juris Doctorate in 1983.
Anne was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1984.
Anne is a member of Onondaga County, New York State (Trusts and Estates
Sections and former Elder Law Fifth District Delegate), American Bar and
CNY Women's Bar Associations. Anne is Past-President of the Onondaga County
Bar Foundation. She is co-chair of the OCBA Surrogate's Court Practice
Committee. Anne is a Trustee for Vera House Foundation, Inc. heading its
Major Gifts Committee. Anne is a former chairperson for Vera House Foundation,
Inc, former member of the Arc Guardianship committee, former President
of the Vera House Board of Directors, has served as a member-at-large
and liaison to the United Way, and as a member of the DeWitt Community
Library Board of Trustees
Anne is the recipient of the 2005 Onondaga County Bar Association's Distinguished
Pro Bono Award and 2006 New York State Bar Association's President's Pro
Bono Service Attorney Award. She is a regular volunteer at Vera House's
Monday Night Legal Clinic.
Anne has also spent time co-authoring the tax news column for "Elder
Law Attorney," a publication of the New York State Bar Association.
Column titles have included, "College Choice Tuition Program,"
"New York's SOP Tax: What Do We Do Now?," "Home Sale Exclusion:
Tax Issues to Consider," "Some Tax Issues Which Affect Disabled
Persons and their Families," and "New York's Supplemental Needs
Trusts: Testamentary Bequests." She has lectured on the topics of
estate planning, asset preservation, guardianship and ethics matters for
the New York State Bar Association, Onondaga County Bar Association, and
Outside of work, Anne enjoys traveling, hiking, reading and spending
time with her family.