Jennifer M. McDonnell
Jennifer M. McDonnell was born and raised in Central New York. She attended SUNY at Utica/Rome concentrating on a BS in Business Public Management. She graduated from Albany Law School of Union University in 1999. Today, as an attorney at the Estate Planning Law Center, Jen concentrates her practice on estate planning, elder law, estate and trust administration, planning for the special needs of persons with disabilities.
Jen strives to meet and exceed her clients’ needs by: helping families and loved ones navigate the legal process of administrating the estate of the deceased; planning for people with special needs and disabilities to ensure that services and support will continue for the life of the person with the disability when the caregivers are no longer able to help; and helping families correctly supplement the goods and services available for Long Term Care through Medicaid Programs.
In addition, she focuses on educating parents on the need for estate planning and recognition of the “wealth” they have to pass on to their children, especially those with young children.
Jen has presented at CLE (continuing legal education) seminars for the Oneida County Bar Association and the National Business Institute (NBI) on Medicaid Law and Estate Administration. She also has presented at private seminars to insurance agents, financial planners, CPAs, government agencies, service agencies, and caregivers on various areas of estate, long term care, and special needs planning. In 2024, Jennifer became a Registered Social Security Analyst®, being able to provide comprehensive planning strategies for hundreds of individuals in pre-retirement.
Most People Leave Money on the Table
Very few people get all the Social Security they deserve.
The average household is losing $111,000 in potential income.
Social Security gives you one chance to get it right – forever.
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Discover important information for your situation.
If you are married, you may be able to collect up to one-half of your spouse’s Social Security benefit. This won’t affect your spouse’s checks. Ask an RSSA® for details.
If you are divorced and 62 or older, you may qualify to receive Social Security benefits from your ex-spouse — in addition to your own Social Security payments. Ask an RSSA® for details.
If your spouse has passed away, you may be eligible for a survivor benefit. The extra money may be essential for you. Ask an RSSA® for details.
If you are single, and solely responsible for your retirement, making the optimal Social Security claiming decision is particularly important. Ask an RSSA® about your options.
As a self-employed person, you may be able to decrease your payroll taxes — yet still receive the maximum income from Social Security. Ask an RSSA® for details.
Social Security can provide valuable disability benefits if you qualify, but these benefits — and how you qualify for them — are often misunderstood. Ask an RSSA® for details.