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Richard J. Shapiro J.D., CELA, CAP - Goshen, NY

10 Matthews Street Goshen, NY 10924

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Updated: 12/08/2021

Goshen Estate Planning Lawyer

Overview

Born in Middletown, N.Y., Richard Shapiro heads the firm's Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law department. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the American Bar Association, and is one of fewer than 40 attorneys in New York State to achieve that prestigious Certifcation...

Born in Middletown, N.Y., Richard Shapiro heads the firm's Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law department. He is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the American Bar Association, and is one of fewer than 40 attorneys in New York State to achieve that prestigious Certifcation. Mr. Shapiro has pioneered in the Hudson Valley the use of the Legacy Assurance Program, a system 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. In 2017 Archway Publishing released Mr. Shapiro's book, Secure Your Legacy: Estate Planning and Elder Law for Today's American Family. 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 his current role as a Director for the Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan County, and serving as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Orange Regional Medical Center from 2006 through 2008.

About Richard J. Shapiro J.D., CELA, CAP

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning
  • Elder Law
  • Business Planning
  • Real Estate Law

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

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

Specialties and Certifications

  • Certified Elder Law Attorney, National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), 2017

Other Affiliations

  • 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

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1988
    J.D.
  • Cornell University, 1985
    B.S.

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Kappa Psi

Past Positions

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan, November 15, 2012 - Present
  • Orange Regional Medical Center

Classes and Seminars

  • 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

Ancillary Businesses

  • Exit Planning Solutions, LLC

Achievements

Other Sources of Feedback About Richard J. Shapiro

Included on the 2024 Upstate New York list


Past Lists

  • 2023 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Upstate New York Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Richard J. Shapiro on Super Lawyers

Honors

  • Selected to New York Super Lawyers - 2014 - 2021
  • Selected to Top 25 Hudson Valley Super Lawyers - 2021
  • AV Preeminent Rating -- Martindale-Hubbell
  • 10.0 Rating - AVVO.com

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Office Information

Address

10 Matthews Street Goshen, NY 10924

Fax

  • 845-291-0021

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Office Hours

9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F

Publication

Articles

  • The Complete Guide to Estate & Financial Planning in Turbulent Times, Collaborative Press
    Contributing author for comprehensive guide to estate and financial planning.
  • Estate Planning for Blended Families, Aspen Publishers, Volume XIX, Number 9, 2008
    A discussion of the pitfalls and opportunities for planning for couples in "blended" families -- those that have children from prior relationships and possibly children from the current relationship.
  • 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
    A primer on how to effectively structure a sale of assets to an "intentionally defective" grantor trust.

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