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Joanne Seminara Lawyer Profile

Biography

Joanne Seminara has been an attorney licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey for almost 3 decades. Joanne practices in the areas of elder law, estate and trust planning, including estate tax and Medicaid planning, and special needs planning.

Of counsel to Grimaldi & Yeung LLP, Joanne has handled trusts and estates for her entire career, drafting countless wills and trusts. Joanne is especially gratified that she has provided compassionate service to families facing the death of a loved one to make sure a decedent’s last wishes are fulfilled, personally acting as trustee and executor as needed. Joanne is an experienced negotiator of Medicaid liens for clients and has successfully developed asset protection plans for the clients who have special needs and require long term care. Joanne, who has extensive experience representing both individual and corporate clients in the sale and purchase of real estate, is known for her thoroughness, tenacity and compassion.

Public speaking, organizing and community service have been an important part of Joanne’s life for 30 years. She regularly speaks at legal education seminars on estate, trust and tax matters and is a popular speaker at community events. A member of Community Board 10 in Brooklyn for some 18 years, Joanne served as chair of the Board’s Land Use and Zoning committee and was the elected Chair of the Board from 2010 to 2013, priding herself on efficiently running a Board that emphasized the talents of its members and ensured inclusion of all community voices.

Employment History

Counsel
April 2011 - Present Grimaldi & Yeung LLP
Partner
October 1989 - October 2011 Kurzman Karelsen & Frank, LLP
trust and estates, business law, real estate and zoning. labor and employment law
Associate Attorney
October 1986 - October 1989 Wolff, Seminara & Mitherz LLP

Education

Brooklyn Law School
Year Graduated: 1985
JD Law
Lehigh University
Year Graduated: 1978
Bachelors Biology; Chemistry

Awards & Certifications

Women’s Community Service Award
Year(s): 2014
Organization: New York City Council
Top Women in Business Award
Year(s): 2012
Organization: Home Reporter & Spectator News
Keynote Speaker on Women’s Voting Rights
Year(s): 2010
Organization: Ft. Hamilton Army Base
30th Anniversary Service Award
Organization: Union Center for Women
Service Award
Organization: Golden Flame Society of St. Rosalia-Regina Pacis Church
Community Service Award
Organization: Guild for Exceptional Children, Inc.

Bar Associations

New York State Bar Association
October 1986 - Present
Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Member
New York City Bar Association

Other Experiences

Teacher
Former high school teacher
Author
5@55: The Five Essential Legal Documents You Need By Age 55, Quill Driver Books, 2015
Lecturer
Real Estate, Bay Ridge Real Estate Institute, 1992 - Present

Government Agencies

Democratic State Committeewoman, 64th Assembly District
2002-Present
New York City Community Board 10
Member from 1993; Chair, 2010-2013

Other Affiliations

Bay Ridge Lawyers Association
October 1988 - Present
Business Networking International
Bay Ridge Real Estate Institute
Lecturer, Real Estate
Alliance of Bay Ridge Block Associations
Past President
Guild for Exceptional Children, Inc
Past Director and Parliamentarian
Lutheran Medical Center's Investigative Review Board
Community Member

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