ATTORNEY AT LAW



As a social worker and attorney, I have an understanding of the sensitive issues involved in estate planning, and in handling the affairs of a loved one who has passed away. My estate work includes probating wills, estate administration, discovery proceedings, accountings, judicial settlements, and the preparation of Federal and New York estate tax returns, and income tax returns for decedents and estates.  I also work with clients to develop personal estate plans, including the preparation of Wills, powers of attorney, and health care proxies. 


​​​As a social security disability attorney, I advocate for my clients to obtain the benefits they need and deserve.  I have a particular interest in helping both adults and children with mental health diagnoses, as I have worked extensively with these individuals in both the social work and legal fields.  My experience as a social worker includes counseling adults with severe mental illnesses in a group home. These individuals suffered from many different illnesses, including schizophrenia, major depressive disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and other mental health conditions.  I have also counseled emotionally disturbed children in a residential treatment program.  The children I worked with had various illnesses, including ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and other conditions.  Throughout my career I have had a passion for advocating for those with disabilities, both in and out of the courtroom. 


EDUCATION

  • J.D., Law, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2004
  • M.S.W., Social Work, State University of New York at Buffalo, 2004
  • B.A., Psychology and Sociology, State University of New York at Oswego, 2000


MEMBERSHIPS

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association
  • Erie County Bar Association Committee for the Disabled


If you need assistance with an estate, will, real estate matter, or social security benefits, contact me at (716) 464-2411 and we can decide what services I can provide to meet your needs.