Richard Shapiro, head of the firm’s Estate Planning, Probate, and Elder Law Department and a Certified Elder Law Attorney* (CELA), counsels clients of both modest and higher net worth in creating tax-efficient legacy plans that provide asset protection throughout the generations.
Richard is the only* Certified Elder Law Attorney* whose home office is based in Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess, or Ulster counties, one of only 36* CELAs in New York State, and one of fewer than 500* CELAs nationwide. The CELA designation is earned through the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF), the only organization approved by the American Bar Association to offer certification in the area of elder law.
Richard is the author of Secure Your Legacy: Estate Planning and Elder Law for Today’s American Family, published in 2017 by Archway Publishing, a division of Simon & Schuster.
He is also a contributing author for The Complete Guide to Estate & Financial Planning in Turbulent Times, a book published in 2010 by the Collaborative Press, and has written a chapter for Inside the Minds: Strategies for Trusts and Estates in New York, 2013 ed., a “how to” book for attorneys published by Aspatore Books, a division of Thomson Reuters.
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. 845-291-0011Born in Middletown, N.Y., Richard is a graduate of Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
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