Marie Elizabeth Villefranche is an Associate in the Elder Law and Estate Planning Practice at Abrams Fensterman, LLP in the firm’s Long Island office.
Ms. Villefranche practices in the areas of elder law, estate planning, estate administration and guardianship. She focuses on Medicaid planning including preparation of trusts, promissory notes and gifting strategies customized to meet our client’s particular circumstances to maximize both Medicaid coverage and asset protection. As a guardianship attorney, the Court has appointed her as Court Evaluator.
Prior to joining Abrams Fensterman, Ms. Villefranche was an Associate Attorney at law firms in Garden City, Uniondale, and Seaford, practicing in the areas of elder law and trusts & estates, and she was a Law Clerk at a law firm in Manhattan.
Ms. Villefranche earned a bachelor’s degree cum laude in History from Hunter College and a Master’s degree in History from Rutgers University. Thereafter, she obtained a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. During law school, Ms. Villefranche was the recipient of the New York Bar Foundation Trusts and Estates Law Fellowship and interned for the Honorable Ronald L. Ellis, Southern District of New York, and the Honorable Robert J. Gigante, Surrogate’s Court of Richmond County. An article based on Ms. Villefranche’s research has been published in the New York Law Journal.
Ms. Villefranche is admitted to practice law in the state of New York. She is a member of the New York State, Nassau County, and New York City Bar Associations.
- Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
- Rutgers University, M.A., History
- City University of New York, Hunter College, B.A., History