Richard J. Shapiro

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Elder Law Attorney in Goshen, NY

Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP
10 Matthews Street, 2nd Floor
Goshen, NY 10924
Phone: 845-291-0011
Fax: 845-291-0021
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1991
Practice Areas: Elder Law (60%), Estate Planning & Probate (20%), Administrative Law (10%), Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

A partner at Goshen, New York-based Blustein, Shapiro, Frank & Barone, LLP, Richard J. Shapiro focuses his practice on various aspects of elder law as well as estate planning and administration. He is the only lawyer located in the surrounding region, consisting of Orange, Sullivan, Dutchess and Ulster counties, who has been certified as an elder law attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation. Admitted to practice in New York, Mr. Shapiro is also admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, and he heads the firm’s estate planning, probate and elder law department.

Mr. Shapiro provides advice and counsel to his senior clients and their family members on such matters as long-term care alternatives, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and he also helps them with Medicaid and Medicare planning issues. He has prepared and reviewed special needs trusts for those clients who, because of their physical or mental infirmities, are unable to handle their daily affairs.

In his estate planning and administration practice, Mr. Shapiro has extensive experience in the preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, advance medical directives, and financial and health care powers of attorney, and he tailors each plan in accordance with the wishes and needs of each client. Mr. Shapiro also guides heirs and beneficiaries through what is often a lengthy and complicated probate process.

Mr. Shapiro attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, where he majored in communications and received a Bachelor of Arts. He then obtained his legal education at the University of Pennsylvania Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1988. Highly regarded by his colleagues, he has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 60%Elder Law
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 10%Administrative Law
  • 10%Business/Corporate
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Wills, Business Formation and Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Partnership, Contracts, Business Organizations


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021

About Richard J. Shapiro

Admitted: 1991

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Book: Inside the Minds: Strategies for Trusts & Estates in New York (contributing writer); 2013
  • Article: The Sale of Assets to a “GDOT” (co-author); NYS Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section newsletter; 2009
  • Article: Estate Planning for Blended Families (author); The Elder Law Report; November 9, 2008
  • Book: The Complete Guide to Estate & Financial Planning in Turbulent Times )contributing author); Collaborative Press; 2010
  • Elder Care in New York, Legal & Financial Issues; National Business Institute
  • Article: Domestic Asset Protection Trusts v. Prenuptial Agreements (co-author); WealthCounsel Quarterly; Oct. 2016
  • Book: Secure Your Legacy: Estate Planning and Elder Law for Today’s American Family (author); 2017
  • Estate Planning Basics; National Business Institute    
  • Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques; National Business Institute
  • Estate Planning & Long-Term Care Options for Elderly Clients; National Business Institute
  • Resolving Legal & Financial Issues in Elder Law; National Business Institute
  • How to Draft Effective Wills & Trusts; National Business Institute

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Horton Medical Center, Trustee, 1999-2002
  • Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, Regional Chairperson, 1995-1996
  • Brittany Miller Foundation, President, 1996-1998
  • Brittany Miller Foundation, Board of Directors, 1996-2000
  • Wallkill East Rotary Club, Member, President, 1999-2000
  • Southwinds Retirement Home, Director, 2003-2006
  • Orange Regional Medical Center, Trustee, 2002-2011
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County; Endowment Committee Member
  • Cornell University Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network, 1995-Present
  • Director, Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan
  • Chairman of the Board, Orange Regional Medical Center Board of Directors, 2006-2007; Community Foundation of Orange and Sullivan Counties, 2012-present

Educational Background

  • Cornell University, 1985
  • Graduate of the Esperti-Peterson Institute’s Advanced Wealth Strategies program, 2002

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • In 2017 Mr. Shapiro earned the Certified Elder Law Attorney* designation from the National Elder Law Foundation, as accredited by the American Bar Associated. He is the only CELA based in the Mid-Hudson region and is 1 of fewer than 500 CELA's nationwide. *The National Elder Law Foundation is not affiliated with any governmental authority. Certification is not a requirement for the practice of law in the State of New York and does not necessarily indicate greater competence than other attorneys experienced in this field of law, 2017


  • Membership in NAELA's Council of Advanced Practitioners is through a peer nomination process. Membership is limited to those practitioners who demonstrate trustworthiness, professionalism, and skillfulness, Council of Advanced Practitioners, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, 2019
  • Super Lawyer, 2014-2019
  • 10.0 Rating from
  • AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Director, Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council, 2019
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • Pennsylvania Bar
  • New York Bar
  • Chairman, Community Foundation of Orange & Sullivan Counties Professional Advisors Committee, 2019
  • Member, New York State Bar Association (Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Sections); Director, Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council; Member, National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys; Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; Member, Orange County Bar Association; Member, Middletown Bar Association
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Office Location for Richard J. Shapiro

10 Matthews Street
2nd Floor
Goshen, NY 10924

Phone: 845-291-0011

Fax: 845-291-0021

Last Updated: 4/8/2021

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