Ms. Begley served as an adjunct professor at Long Island University, C.W. Post from 1996 to 2018, where she taught two courses, Legal Aspects of Health Care Administration and Legal and Ethical and Governance Issues in Nonprofit Organizations. In 2005 she served on the C.W. Post Advisory Council Committee for the MPA accreditation program required by NASPAA. In 2010 she was awarded the Adjunct Faculty Recognition Award.
Ms. Begley is active in many community service activities. She served on the Board of Directors for Support For People With Oral and Head and Neck Cancer (SPOHNC), a nonprofit organization. She is a former director of the Columbian Lawyers Association of Nassau County. She is a panel member of the New York State Surrogate Decision Making Committee sponsored by the New York State Commission on Quality of Care for the Mentally Disabled.
In 2016, Ms. Begley was honored by Hofstra Law School with the Outstanding Woman in the Law award by the Maurice A. Deane School of Law Center for Children, Families and the Law.
She is certified as an Elder Law Attorney by the American Bar Association’s Accredited National Elder Law Foundation. She is one of only 500 Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA) in the country.
She is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell and was named a Metro Area Super Lawyer in the area of Elder Law for 7 consecutive years, this a rating service sponsored by Thomson Reuters. Only 5% of attorneys in New York receive this distinction.
How do I choose a lawyer?
Consider the following:
- Comfort Level
- - Are you comfortable telling the lawyer personal information? Does the lawyer seem interested in solving your problem?
- - How long has the lawyer been in practice? Has the lawyer worked on other cases similar to yours?
- - How are the lawyer's fees structured - hourly or flat fee? Can the lawyer estimate the cost of your case?
- - Is the lawyer's office conveniently located?
Not sure what questions to ask a lawyer?
Here are a few to get you started:
- How long have you been in practice?
- How many cases like mine have you handled?
- How often do you settle cases out of court?
- What are your fees and costs?
- What are the next steps?
Want to check lawyer discipline?
It is always a good idea to research your lawyer prior to hiring. Every state has a disciplinary organization that monitors attorneys, their licenses, and consumer complaints. By researching lawyer discipline you can:
- Ensure the attorney is currently licensed to practice in your state
- Gain an understanding of his or her historical disciplinary record, if any.
- Determine the seriousness of complaints/issues which could range from late bar fees to more serious issues requiring disciplinary action.