Joseph A. Bollhofer has been licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey since 1985. Mr. Bollhofer received his undergraduate degree from Stony Brook University and his law degree from Fordham University School of Law. While at Fordham he was the Managing Editor of the Fordham Urban Law Journal, earning a full scholarship. He is listed in Who's Who Among American Law School Students. Mr. Bollhofer has been in private practice serving area residents and businesses since his admission to the bar. He established his own law firm in St. James, New York in 1989.
Elder Law and Estate and Business Planning, including asset transfer and medicaid applications, are primary areas of Mr. Bollhofer's law practice. Mr. Bollhofer also maintains an active real estate practice, representing purchasers, sellers and lenders, and is president of Downstate Title Agency, Inc. His legal advice regarding estate and medicaid planning, elder law and real estate matters has appeared several times in Newsday and other area publications. His practice also includes representation of injured persons in personal injury actions.
Mr. Bollhofer periodically gives lectures in these areas of law to community, professional and continuing education groups. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and of the Elder Law, Trusts and Estates, Real Property and Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association and the Elder Law and Estate Planning and Surrogate's Court Committees of the Suffolk County Bar Association. He also chairs the SCBA's Real Property Committee for 2017-18.
An active participant in community affairs, Mr. Bollhofer is the chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Village of Head of the Harbor. He is also past president of the Smithtown Alumni Association, the Smithtown Rotary Club, the Smithtown Township Arts Council and the St. James Chamber of Commerce. He has been a resident of Smithtown, St. James and Head of the Harbor for almost all of his life.