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At Russo Law Group, our case managers are dedicated to providing outstanding service and support to clients with their elder law and estate planning needs. With extensive experience in the legal field, they have the knowledge required to handle a variety of cases relating to guardianship, will planning, trusts, Medicaid qualification/planning, probate matters and administration of estates.
We are proud of our team and their commitment to providing the highest quality service to our clients. At Russo Law Group, we believe that our clients come first. We are here to provide peace of mind and unparalleled support to help you navigate through your elder law and estate planning needs.
Marilyn Cantore has been with the firm since October 2005. She came to Russo Law Group, P.C. from another Elder Law firm where she was a Paralegal for over three years. As our Peace of Mind (POM) Coordinator and paralegal, she has an ongoing relationship with all POM clients, answering their questions and assisting them in any way possible. She is also responsible for overseeing our ElderCounsel/WealthCounsel software for document drafting. She is constantly helping her co-workers and training them with new procedures. In her free time, Marilyn enjoys going for walks, spending time with her family and playing with her grand-furbaby!
Kathleen DeGraff started with our firm in February 2022. Prior to joining Russo Law Group, P. C. she was a paralegal at another law firm for over 3 years where she focused on estate administration and various civil litigation matters. Currently, Kathleen works in the Garden City office for Katie Ann Trotta and Joshua R. Berzak as a case manager working in our Estate Administration Department, helping clients through difficult times after having lost a loved one. Kathleen and her soon-to-be husband have an incredible dog named, Rocco Jones. Kathleen enjoys walks with Rocco Jones, soaking up all sunsets while playing beach volleyball, attending country music concerts and family game nights.
Cathy Evans started with our firm in March 2015. Prior to joining Russo Law Group, P.C. she was a legal assistant at another law firm for 27 years where she focused on estate planning, estate administration, business transactions and real estate. Currently, Cathy is the case manager for Deanna M. Eble. She assists Deanna in both the Garden City and Islandia offices by working closely with her clients to help implement their estate plans. She also helps in the real estate department and with corporate matters.
Cathy has two adult children and a dog, Zoey. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She loves the outdoors, enjoys traveling, attending concerts, spending time at the beach, and wine tasting on the east end.
Christella Francois joined our team in November 2015 as the receptionist at our Garden City office. Currently, she is a case manager for the firm working closely with clients to help implement their estate plans. Prior to working at our office, Christella was the receptionist for another Elder Law firm. In her free time, Christella enjoys spending time with her family and friends, staying active, traveling and shopping.
Kirrelle Freeman joined team Russo in June 2010. Prior to working at Russo Law Group, P.C. she was an Account Manager at Bank of America. Currently, she is a Case Manager for both Kim N. Christian, Esq. and Tommaso Marasco, Esq. Kirrelle assists the firm in a variety of client matters from Estate and Medicaid Planning to Real Estate. She is happily married with three children and a dog named, Duke. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, experiencing new things, and spending time with her family outdoors.
Joanna A. Perez
Joanna Perez has been with our firm since April 2003 as a case manager for our Medicaid and Elder Law departments. Prior to joining the law firm, Joanna acted as the onsite Medicaid Coordinator at various Medical Centers. Her specialty lies in Medicaid. From beginning to end, Joanna is involved in the whole Medicaid process and keeps our approval numbers amongst the best around. Joanna is bilingual and available to assist Spanish speaking clients.
In her free time, Joanna enjoys spending time with her family, taking long walks on the beach and cooking. She also enjoys traveling and sight-seeing when she can get away. Her dream vacation is to go to Hawaii.
Russo Law Group, P.C. provides services to help you organize your financial information and would be happy to talk with you about your planning needs. To speak with one of our experienced elder law and estate planning attorneys, please contact our office today at 1 (800) 680-1717.