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 counsel to 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, Estates and Trusts, Real Property and Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law Sections of the New York State Bar Association and the Elder Law and Estate Planning, Surrogate's Court, Real Estate and Insurance and Negligence Law Committees of the Suffolk County Bar Association.
An active participant in community affairs, Mr. Bollhofer is a member of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Incorporated 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.
Colleen Huemmer entered the real estate title industry in 1993 while attending college to become a paralegal. After she obtained her degree in Paralegal Studies, she worked for mortgage lenders and law firms, handling several aspects of real estate bank closings as a loan officer, loan processor, loan closer and coordinator. She also worked for several years as a project manager for a construction company, overseeing the process from the beginning intake to the final build certificate. Since 2008, Colleen has been working for law firms in the areas of real estate, including title clearance, closings and short sale negotiations, estate planning, estate administration and elder law. In 2014 she joined the law firm of Joseph A. Bollhofer, P.C.