Charlene E. McGraw, Esq.



Charlene E. McGraw is the founder and principal attorney at the McGraw Law Firm. In 2011, Charlene left her position as Chair of the Estates, Trusts & Elder Law Practice at the Sugarman Law Firm and opened a small office in Skaneateles in order to be able to provide more personalized and client-friendly legal services to her clients. Charlene enjoys the challenge of resolving complex legal problems, but the most satisfying part of her job is being able to alleviate her clients' stress by taking on the complicated legal issues they face as the result of difficult circumstances such as disability, long term care needs, and death.


Charlene's first legal employment was with the Mackenzie Hughes firm in Syracuse. During that time, she was primarily a litigator; she represented clients in administrative hearings, mediations, arbitrations, jury trials, and appellate matters. That experience not only taught Charlene how to litigate, but also how to effectively counsel clients to avoid expensive and unpredictable litigation.

For the past twenty years, Charlene's practice has been concentrated in the areas of estate planning, elder law, guardianship matters, estate administration, and estate-related litigation. She helps her clients successfully navigate the complicated laws governing probate, estate and gift taxation, guardianship, asset protection and Medicaid. She prepares the legal documents clients need including Wills, New York General Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, Living Trusts, Irrevocable Trusts, Deeds, and Limited Partnerships.

Charlene graduated from Binghamton University with a B.S. in Accounting and received her Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University College of Law (summa cum laude). She is a member of the Onondaga County and New York State Bar Associations as well as a member and past President of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York. Charlene is also a popular speaker for continuing legal education programs sponsored by bar association and other professional organizations. 

Charlene grew up in Syracuse, and she and her husband, Ed McGraw, raised their three daughters there. However, Charlene and Ed fell in love with the Skaneateles area and its beautiful lake many years ago. In 2006, they moved to the Village of Skaneateles. Charlene is an active member of the community and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Skaneateles Chamber of Commerce.