Elyssa D. Kaplan is an associate at Katz, Smith & Chwat, PC, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, tax law and estate administration. She predominantly focuses on the administration of estates of various sizes as well as estate planning with an emphasis on asset protection strategies for Medicaid purposes. In May of 2017, Elyssa received her Juris Doctor from Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. Prior to attending law school, Elyssa received her undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Law from Binghamton University in 2014, which is where she developed an interest in law.
Through her time as a legal intern at Tully Law, P.C. during her years in law school, Elyssa developed a strong interest for all areas related to elder law. It was while participating in the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University Federal Tax Clinic, where Elyssa was introduced to tax law. In the clinic, she assisted low income individuals with various tax controversies before the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and the Internal Revenue Service. Her experience in the Tax Clinic as well as her summer internship in the Nassau County Department of Social Services provided invaluable practical experience which she uses to assist her clients at Katz, Smith & Chwat, PC.
While at Hofstra, Elyssa served as a Senior Articles Editor for the Journal of International Business and Law. Her note, “The European Union Solution: Fighting the American Epidemic of Consumer Confusion in the Organic Food Industry” was published in the winter of 2016.
Prior to law school, Elyssa spent a summer working as a pastry cook for an organic farm-to-table restaurant in the heart of Chelsea Market in New York City. This love of cooking carries over into her spare time where she enjoys making elaborate cakes and pastries for various occasions for her friends and family.