Richard Shapiro, head of the firm’s Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law Department, counsels clients of both modest and higher net worth in creating tax efficient legacy plans that provide asset protection throughout the generations. He is a member of WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Named a Super Lawyer in the field of estate planning and probate, Richard has also received an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and has earned a perfect 10.0 rating at In addition to serving as a municipal attorney, he is actively involved in community affairs. Richard is a member of the Middletown, New York, and Orange County bar associations. He has been admitted to the New York and Pennsylvania Bars, and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Born in Middletown, N.Y., Richard is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. shapiro_superlawyers_blue




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Areas of Practice

Estate planning
Elder law
Business planning
Real estate law

Bar Admissions

1991: U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
1991: New York
1988: Pennsylvania


1988: University of Pennsylvania Law School
1985: Cornell University

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, Nov. 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

2016: Super Lawyer
2015: Super Lawyer
2014: Super Lawyer
10.0 Rating from
AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell


Phi Kappa Psi

Past Employment Positions

1989-1991: Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, Washington D.C., Associate
1988-1989: Crowell & Moring, Washington D.C., Associate
Town of Minisink, Acting Justice

Ancillary Businesses

Exit Planning Solutions, LLC

Community Affiliations

1995-Present: Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network
2002-2011: Orange Regional Medical Center, Trustee
2003-2006: Southwinds Retirement Home, Director
1999-2002: Horton Medical Center, Trustee
1999-2000: Wallkill East Rotary Club, Member, President
1996-2000: Brittany Miller Foundation, Board of Directors
1996-1998: Brittany Miller Foundation, President
1995-1996: Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, Regional Chairperson
Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County; Endowment Committee Member
Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties; Professional Advisors Council

Professional Associations

1996: Middletown Bar Association, President
New York State Bar Association; Trusts and Estates Section
New York State Bar Association; Elder Law Section
Orange County Bar Association
Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council


National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

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