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Richard J.Shapiro | AV | Click to Play | AV Preeminent TM | Martindale-Hubbell Lawyer Ratings Richard J. Shapiro 
Goshen, New York
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phone 845-477-5735
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Born in Middletown, N.Y., Richard Shapiro heads the firm's Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law department. He has pioneered in the Hudson Valley the use of the Three Step Strategy, a process that incorporates an annual maintenance program as an essential part of a client's estate plan. Mr. Shapiro also counsels high net worth clients and business owners in creating tax efficient legacy plans, which are designed to ensure that the client's values are passed to future generations. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, he is a member of WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Shapiro has received an "AV Preeminent" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has a perfect 10.0 rating at www.avvo.com. Mr. Shapiro frequently writes on estate planning topics for local and national publications. In addition to serving as attorney for the Town of Minisink, he is actively involved in community affairs, including serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Orange Regional Medical Center from 2006 through 2008.

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Year Joined Organization:
2002
Areas of Practice:
40% Estate Planning
40% Elder Law
10% Business Planning
10% Real Estate Law
Litigation Percentage:
10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
Pennsylvania, 1988
New York, 1991
U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1991
Education:
University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1988
J.D.


Cornell University, 1985
B.S.


Published Works:
The Complete Guide to Estate & Financial Planning in Turbulent Times, Collaborative Press


Estate Planning for Blended Families, Aspen Publishers, Volume XIX, Number 9, 2008


The Sale of Assets to a "GDOT", New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, Spring 2009 -- Vol. 42, No. 1, 2009


Classes/Seminars Taught:
Elder Care in New York -- Legal and Financial Issues, National Business Institute, May 12, 2005


How to Draft Effective Wills and Trusts, National Business Institute, November 17, 2005


Resolving Legal and Financial Issues in Elder Law, National Business Institute, May 15, 2007


Estate Planning and Long-Term Care Options for Elderly Clients, National Business Institute, November 28, 2007


Top Ten Estate Planning Techniques, National Business Institute, May 20, 2009


Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts, National Business Institute, May 6, 2010


Estate Planning Basics, National Business Institute, May 16, 2011


Top Ten Estate Planning Techniques, National Business Institute, June 26, 2012


Honors and Awards:
AV Preeminent Rating -- Martindale-Hubbell


Professional Associations and Memberships:
Middletown Bar Association, 1996
President


Orange County Bar Association
Member


New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Section
Member


New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section
Member


Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council
Member


Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, 1995 - Present
Member


Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, 1995 - 1996
Regional Chairperson


Horton Medical Center, 1999 - 2002
Trustee


National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Member


Willkill East Rotary Club, 1999 - 2000
Member, President


Brittany Miller Foundation, 1996 - 1998
President


Brittany Miller Foundation, 1996 - 2000
Board of Directors


Orange Regional Medical Center, 2002 - 2011
Trustee


Southwinds Retirement Home, 2003 - 2006
Director


Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County
Member, Endowment Committee


WealthCounsel
Member


ElderCounsel
Member


Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties Professional Advisors Council


Past Employment Positions:
Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, Washington D.C., Associate, 1989 - 1991


Crowell & Moring, Washington D.C., Associate, 1988 - 1989


Town of Minisink, Acting Justice


Ancillary Businesses:
Exit Planning Solutions, LLC
Fraternities/Sororities:
Phi Kappa Psi