Trusts & Estates, Guardianship, Litigation




About Sylvia E. Di Pietro, Esq.

SYLVIA E. DI PIETRO, ESQ. has practiced law in the area of estate practice and guardianship law, Article 81 advocacy and petitions, contested elder matters, as well as trusts and estates matters, probate, administration, accountings, guardian ad litem, complex trust and probate litigation. Sylvia is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School where she teaches a certified course in Elder and Article 81 Guardianship Law.

Sylvia E. Di Pietro also has vast experience in contractual negotiations for clients in the area of risk management in the television, theater, music and entertainment industries.

Prior to entering law, Sylvia enjoyed a rich career as an official court reporter in the Supreme Courts of Queens and Kings County reporting major civil and criminal trials. Thereafter, she was the Managing Director of Forsythe International Limited located in New York, a premium incentive marketing and consulting firm, specializing in promoting creative ideas to Fortune 500 Companies, the research and marketing of intellectual properties, creating advertising and sales promotional campaigns, and handling all aspects of public relations and media placement for a celebrity clientele.

Adjunct Professor of Law - Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York

In the Spring of 2013, Sylvia returns to her alma mater, Brooklyn Law School, to teach a course in Elder Law, which surveys the growing elder population, including an overview of issues faced by the elder law practitioner and the ethical problems frequently encountered. Selected topics include the concept of capacity, Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law, the role of the guardian, court evaluator, attorney for the alleged incapacitated person, the practical aspects associated with bringing the contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings, powers of attorney, Medicaid planning, fact patterns, case studies, constitutional issues, wills, trusts, estate planning and patients' rights.

With an emphasis on a "view from the bench," the students encounter "judicial participation." The course also satisfies the requirements for Part 36 list enrollment, within two years of course completion, as a Court Evaluator or Guardian, and upon bar admission, as an Attorney for the AIP.

Education and Honors

Sylvia E. Di Pietro is a native New Yorker, admitted to practice law before the courts of the State of New York, the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Sylvia is a graduate of the Honors Program from Long Island University, receiving a BA and MA in English. As a graduate of Brooklyn Law School, she received distinction and high honors in Real Estate Law and Moot Court Trial Advocacy. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award in the Art and Science of Trial Advocacy from the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

Bar Associations

Over the years Sylvia has served as an active board member of New York County Lawyers Association, NYCLA's Foundation, Mentoring, Communications and Continuing Legal Education Committees. Over the years she has also served as a NYCLA Delegate to the New York State Bar Association House of Delegates.

Sylvia serves as the present Vice-Chair to the Estates Trusts Section, where she also served as its Chair. Her past service with NYCLA  includes that of Chair of the Real Property Section, and Co-Chair of the Committee on Coops and Condos. As a member of the New York State Bar Association,

Sylvia also serves as a Vice-Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Section for Trusts and Estates for the New York State Bar Association, where she is actively involved in creating and presenting CLE programs for attorneys throughout the State. She is also a member of the Elder Law and Litigation Section.

As a current member of the New York City Bar Association, she sits as a member of the Council on Judicial Administration, where she acted as Chair of the Subcommittee on Guardianship Law, moderating the First Department Guardianship Roundtable: A Frank and Open Discussion of Guardianship Problems.

Dedicated to the advancement of women in all professions, Sylvia's past service includes that of Vice President, Recording Secretary and Board Member of the New York Women's Bar Association, where Sylvia also served as a Delegate to the Network of Bar Leaders, Delegate to the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York, and creator of continuing legal education and chairperson for numerous events.

Her dedication to the legal profession includes membership in the Jewish Lawyers Guild as well as the Columbian Lawyers Association, First Department. Prior service includes that of a board member to the Network of Bar Leaders representing the Columbian Lawyers Association.

Her contribution to the Bar encompasses teaching unique CLE courses facing trusts and estate practitioners, and membership at NYCLA and New York City Bar Association, where she sits as a member of the Council on Judicial Administration, Chair of the Subcommittee on Guardianship Law, and various other subcommittees. She is a former member of the State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction.

Sylvia's vast experience and dedication as Speaker and Educator in Bar Association and Law Activities Include:

New York County Lawyers Association - Member of the Board of Directors

New York State Bar Association

New York City Bar Association

New York Women's Bar Association

Columbian Lawyers Association, First Judicial District

Jewish Lawyers Guild

American Bar Association

National Academy of Continuing Legal Education

Network of Bar Leaders of the City of New York

Sylvia E. Di Pietro, Esq., LLC

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Attorney Practice Areas: Last Will & Testament, Living Trusts, Health Care Proxy, Probate, Administration, Accountings, Complex Trusts & Estate Litigation, Supplemental Needs Trusts, Same Sex Marriage, Trust Administration, Surrogate and Supreme Court proceedings, Guardian Ad Litem, Power of Attorney, Beneficiary, Inheritance, Elder Abuse,  Elder Law, Mental Hygiene Law, Guardianship, Article 81 Petitions, Risk Management Contracts, Consulting, and Radio, TV & Media Appearances.

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