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Lissett Costa Ferreira

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in New York, NY

Meenan & Associates LLC
299 Broadway, Suite 1310
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 332-244-6810
Fax: 212-226-7716
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
Selected to Rising Stars: 2017
Licensed in New York Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate (20%), Business Litigation (20%), Employment & Labor: Employee (20%), Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%), Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Languages Spoken: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Attorney Lissett Costa Ferreira is a partner at Meenan & Associates in New York, New York. As chair of the firm’s elder law, special needs, family law and divorce practice groups, Ms. Ferreira handles cases in each of these areas, as well as trusts and estates law. She serves clients throughout the New York metropolitan area.

A practicing lawyer for over 15 years, Ms. Ferreira is a dedicated and passionate advocate for her clients and their families. She has established herself as a strong litigator and negotiator and as a respected member of the legal profession. She holds licenses to practice law before all New York state courts and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.

Along with her law practice, Ms. Ferreira is committed to staying involved in her legal community. She sits on the Board of Directors of the New York Women’s Bar Association and is a member of several groups and committees of the New York City Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association.

In 1999, Ms. Ferreira graduated with honors from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Portuguese and Brazilian studies. She went on to earn her law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 2003. While attending law school, she served as symposium editor of the Fordham Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif.

Prior to joining Meenan & Associates, Ms. Ferreira spent several years working for a New York Supreme Court judge, handling guardianship and matrimonial matters. She brings that experience to her law practice, guiding clients to the best resolution to their situation.

Practice Areas
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 20%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20%Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Estate Planning, Trusts, Non-Compete Agreements, Employment Law - Employee, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Labor Law, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Animal Bites, Assault, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Laws, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Selections

3 Years Super Lawyers
1 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2019 - 2021
  • Rising Stars: 2017

About Lissett Costa Ferreira

First Admitted: 2005, New York

Professional Webpage: https://meenanesqs.com/lissett-c-ferreira-partner/

Newsletters

  • Blog that serves as resource for Article 81 guardians and guardianship professionals, Co-publisher

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Access to Affordable HIV/AIDS Drugs: The Human Rights Obligations of Multinational Pharmaceutical Corporations, 71 Fordham L. Rev. 1133 (2002),
  • Fordham Law Review, Symposium Editor, 2001-2002

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Part 36 certification as court evaluator, counsel to guardian and Alleged Incapacitated Person, and guardian ad litem

Honors/Awards

  • Nominated and appointed Symposium Editor of Fordham Law Review
  • , Selected as a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer Rising Star: Elder Law, 2017
  • , Selected as a New York Metro Area Super Lawyer: Elder Law, 2019-2020
  • Inducted into the Fordham University School of Law chapter of the Order of the Coif, 2003
  • Fordham University School of Law, Dean's List, 2001-2003
  • Fulbright Scholar, 1999-2000, Mozambique
  • Awarded Murray magna cum laude Public Service Award by Fordham University School of Law, 2003

Educational Background

  • Brown University, AB, Dual Major, Honors in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, 1999
  • Hunter College High School, 1995
  • Coimbra University, Study Abroad Program, 1997

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Trusts & Estates Committee, New York State Bar Association, 2019
  • New York Women’s Bar Association, Member, Judiciary and Matrimonial Committees New York Women’s Bar Association, Chapter Delegate to Fundraising Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of the State of New York
  • 2014, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts
  • 2005, New York
  • Member, Matrimonial Committee, New York Women's Bar Association, 2019
  • Chair, Lawyers' Networking Group #3 of the Small Law Firm Committee of the NYCBA, 2019
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, 2019
  • Member, Family/Matrimonial Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, 2019
  • Member, Small Law Firm Committee of the New York City Bar Association, 2019
  • Co-Chair, Elder Law & Disabilities Committee of the New York Women's Bar Association, 2019
  • Member, Legal Problems of the Aging Committee of the New York City Bar Association, 2019
  • Member, Elder Law & Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association, 2019
  • Board Member, New York Women's Bar Association, 2019
  • Member, New York City Bar Association, 2019
  • Member of the Office of Court Administration's NY County Guardianship Advisory Committee, Sub-Committee on Court Examiners' Training, 2012

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Successfully represented indigent client in contesting guardianship petition for daughter filed by daughter's dad, 2019
  • Represented elderly lady in obtaining money judgment against former home health aide that financially exploited her, 2014

Transactions

  • Successfully helped many individuals become Medicaid-eligible and obtained Medicaid benefits for them to cover long-term care costs, including immediate needs and Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, 2019
  • Negotiated and drafted prenuptial agreements for high-net worth individuals with complex financial circumstances, 2018
  • Protected millions of dollars in assets for family members of individuals needing long-term care, 2019
  • Assisted clients with Medicaid asset protection planning, including drafting and funding irrevocable trusts, 2019
  • Assisted dozens of clients with proper estate planning and drafting of advance directives, 2019
  • Advised clients regarding the effectiveness of trusts from Medicaid eligibility and estate planning perspectives, 2015
  • Advised clients on prenuptial agreements drafted by mediator and negotiated additional protections for clients, 2014
  • Assisted individuals and families with estate and long-term care planning, 2019

Representative Clients

  • Help disabled person create and obtain approval by Medicaid of Supplemental Needs Trust, 2019
  • Advise trustee of supplemental needs trust, 2019
  • Serve as trustee of supplemental needs trusts, 2019
  • Represented client in contested matrimonial action and obtained favorable settlement agreement regarding child custody and financial matters, 2019
  • Represented family members seeking appointment of guardian to an Alleged Incapacitated Person (AIP) and protection of AIP's finances in a highly contested guardianship matter involving financial abuse of the AIP, 2019
  • Represented client in obtaining favorable visitation and child support outcomes in contested Family Court proceedings, 2019
  • Assisted second marriage couple in estate and Medicaid planning, 2019
  • Assisted young couple with children in estate planning, 2019
  • Drafted and funded Medicaid Asset Protection Trusts to make couple eligible for Medicaid long-term care, 2019
  • Assisted client in obtaining favorable terms in matrimonial settlement, 2019
  • Assisted client in negotiating favorable terms in pre-nuptial agreement, 2019
  • Prepared nursing home Medicaid application with spousal refusal and five years of financial documents and transactions, 2019
  • Assisted client in obtaining immediate needs Medicaid through Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program, 2019

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Obtained favorable visitation and child support outcomes for client in contested Family Court proceedings, 2019
  • Obtained favorable financial and child custody terms for client in contested matrimonial action, 2019
  • Successful in obtaining court order preventing clients' children from traveling with other parent to country that is not member of the Hague Convention and had travel advisory, 2017
  • Obtained guardianship and stopped financial exploitation of vulnerable elderly person in highly contested proceeding, 2019
  • Assisted clients in obtaining uncontested and amicable divorces from spouses with favorable terms, 2014
  • Negotiated settlement of highly contested and protracted final account proceeding in a guardianship matter involving a guardian's financial mismanagement of a ward's assets, 2016
  • Successfully prosecuted application for appointment of guardian to an Alleged Incapacitated Person (AIP) and protection of AIP's finances in a highly contested guardianship matter involving financial abuse of the AIP, 2019
  • Successful in obtaining temporary child support and spousal support and counsel fees for non-monied spouse in contested matrimonial proceeding, 2017

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Inducted into Board of Directors of New York Women's Bar Association, 2019
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Office Location for Lissett Costa Ferreira

299 Broadway
Suite 1310
New York, NY 10007

Phone: 332-244-6810

Fax: 212-226-7716

Last Updated: 5/12/2021

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