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Irina Sturam Shea

Estate planning Attorney at Ramsey, NJ

4.8   19 reviews
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 13 years
    New York - NY 28 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 28 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1996
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Irina

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Irina S. Shea has been a Trusts & Estates attorney since 1996. She is double board certified in Estate Planning and Elder Law.  She began her practice at the New York City law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom where her principal practice area was estate planning. She then moved to the JP Morgan Private Bank as a trust officer. From there, Irina entered private practice with a focus on estate planning, elder law and estate administration. She has also been asked by numerous clients to serve as a private executor. Irina is a member of the New Jersey and New York State Bar Associations and has an office in Ramsey, NJ.

 

 

Irina is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA) by the ABA accredited National Elder Law Foundation, an Accredited Estate Planner® (AEP) by the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils, an Accredited Attorney by the Department of Veterans Affairs and a Certified Mediator. She is an active member of The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel and the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council.  Irina is the author of articles appearing in Trusts and Estates Magazine and The Wealth Counsellor.

 

 

 

She is a frequent lecturer and speaker at financial and legal conferences, universities, assisted living communities and senior groups on topics related to her practice area.

 

 

 

Irina is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Georgetown University School of Business in Washington, DC. She is licensed to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

 

 

When Irina is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, Aidan and Nicholas, her rescue dog, a black lab mix named Rosie and her stray-to-stay tabby cat, Alex.

Awards

Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
2015

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Location

Irina S. Shea, Attorney At Law LLC
88 W Main St
Ramsey, NJ, 07446-1844

Reviews

4.8 / 5.0
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Client's Choice 2015
Client's Choice
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Posted by John | May 23, 2024
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Execellent servive and professionalism.
Irina took us through the process of creating a new will, trust structure and powers of attorney/medical proxies. It was a smooth transaction and she effectively answered all of our questions. Very knowledgeable.
Posted by Aviva | March 24, 2022
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Top of the line Professional
Having had experience with several estate and elder care lawyers with my mother, planning an estate was not a task I was looking forward to. I only wish I knew about Irina Shea when my mother was alive as I could had avoided one huge “plus” headache. To begin with, estate planning is not a pleasant task for anyone when you know you are setting forth your wishes upon your demise. When my husband and I first met with Irina Shea over six months ago, we knew immediately we were going to proceed with her for a variety of reasons. Estate planning can be very contentious between partners, particularly when you have a blended family. Irina Shea is the most compassionate, smart, savvy, creative and down-to-earth lawyer I have ever met. She clearly explains different scenarios when it comes to planning your estate and provides you with options so you understand them in laymen terms. She has the patience of a saint when you need clarification; and we needed lots of explaining. She provides her opinions in supporting or opposing your wishes and postulates specific details so you can make clear and fair decisions. We also liked the fact that we were able to pay her a flat fee for her services instead of hiring her by the hour and paying for every question, phone call or email we had. She is a first class “human being” who truly loves what she does and cares for people. On a scale of 1-10, I would give Irina Shea a 20.
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Posted by Kristine | September 24, 2020
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Review of Irina Shea
I hired Irina to create and prepare my family's revocable wills, healthcare proxy, and power of attorney. From our initial contact to completion and signing, Irina and her team were responsive and professional. She made a very daunting process seamless and easy to navigate. I would highly recommend her for estate planning and estate legal matters.
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Posted by Matt | September 22, 2020
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Very professional
Irina was fantastic! She took the time to walk my wife & I through the process. I didn't feel like we were on a clock. Extremely professional at each step! Would recommend.
Posted by Suzanne | March 13, 2020
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Great experience !
It was such a pleasure working with Irina. We went to her for the sole purpose of setting up my husband and my estate plan. While it was fairly straight forward we had lots of questions and the typical “worries”. Irina was very knowledgeable, patient and clear and she got us through what can be a very difficult and somewhat uncomfortable task. I’ve already recommended her to a few people and would recommend her to others as needed.
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Posted by Daniel and Regina | March 11, 2020
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Living and Last Will
Had a great experience. What we thought might be a monumental task turned into a very easy process giving us reassurance our families needs were met. Friendly and welcoming staff.
Posted by Lois | October 26, 2018
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Very professional and helpful elder attorney
What a pleasure it was to work with Irina. My mother is 87 years old. Her husband of 70 years died in March. Their will and trust needed to be changed and updated. Irina made the whole process so easy for my mother to understand by way of putting everything on a white board in a way that my mother and I could understand. She relieved my mother of so much anxiety and stress. She is punctual, very precise and was available to answer any further questions we had. Thanks to Irina and her assistant Samantha what was a difficult and emotional time for my mother was alleviated with her professionalism. I would definitely recommend Irina to anyone.
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Posted by Tom | August 3, 2018
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Excellent Attorney
Irina recently did a complete estate plan for me along with certain aspects of planning for my two adult children. I have worked with a good number of attorneys over the years on both personal and business matters. That has included sole practitioners, in-house corporate counsels, and on up to some of the most prestigious firms in the world. With that experience, I can wholeheartedly endorse Irina. She is extremely knowledgeable, explains everything in a thorough and clear manner, and in general, is an absolute pleasure to work with. If you are looking for someone to help with your estate planning, stop your search here and call her.
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Posted by Nikki | December 11, 2017
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Excellent experience
My husband and I met with Irina regarding estate planning. She was extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and detail-oriented as she reviewed our current situation and explained our options. We felt completely comfortable and were very pleased with the entire process. Definitely recommend!
Posted by Mary Kay | October 13, 2016
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Planning your future
Irina Shea provides information for planning your estate will and end of life decisions in a kind, professional manner. Her suggestions are on point and she encourages interaction so as to fully understand your wishes. I highly recommend using her law firm for the practice of elder law.
Posted by John | September 22, 2015
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Family Will and Trust.
As my wife and I approached retirement we decided to update our Will and Trusts for family . Irina was vey thorough and explained the details of all documents. She assured us that she would guide our executor through the Will and help him to understand our wishes. Durable power of Attorney were set up for my wife and myself along with an Advance Directive for Health Care for each of us. The process was two extensive personal meetings. At the end my wife and I felt very comfortable that our assets were well protected and that the process of distribution of our remaining wealth would not be a burden to our survivors.
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Posted by Michael | September 22, 2015
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Extremely knowledgeable; succinct recommendations; no pressure
Irina took over the practice of an attorney with whom I had previously retained for estate planning. Her total grasp of the ever-changing estate planning landscape first impressed my wife and me to the degree that we retained after the first consultation. Irina has the great ability to explain complicated tax law and trusts in lay terms. Her knowledge base and tax planning advice convinced us that we needed to revise all of the documents and planning that we had in place for many years. We feel comfortable with our decision to have retained Irina and would highly recommend her services, without reservation,
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Posted by anonymous | September 10, 2015
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Professional, Caring Service
An elderly relative of mine had his will and estate planning done through Irina Shea. She is extremely knowledgeable about trust and estates law. She answered all of our questions thoroughly and you never felt rushed with an answer or that is was just irrelevant. In addition, Ms. Shea is extremely caring and passionate about helping out her client. I would (and have) recommended her to friends with the highest confidence. The professionalism, caring and detail-oriented focus is also shared by her entire staff. I never had a short, snotty answer from anyone. Ms. Shea and her team are really there to help her clients. She is an extremely talented attorney! Almost a year after the initial work my relative had done with Ms. Shea, she still takes the time to address questions that come up.
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Posted by Jeff | September 2, 2015
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Wonderful Experience
We met with Ms. Shea regarding estate planning. She and her staff were exceptionally well prepared for our meetings. she explained difficult concepts with ease and made us very comfortable. The final work was perfect. We recommend her highly.
Posted by Melissa | September 1, 2015
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Estate Planning Attorney
I used Irina to prepare my own wills/ documents and recommend her to all my clients. She is experienced, professional, knowledgeable and has compassion. Her team is very patient which is especially important in her field. I highly recommend her and her team.
Posted by Jeff | July 30, 2015
Excellent Estate Planning Lawyer
Irina is a premier estate planning lawyer. She listened to our family's needs and recommended a plan that was both effective and efficient for our budget. The product we received was incredibly professional and very user friendly. On top of all that, she is pleasant and personable. I have recommended Irina to all of my friends and colleagues that need estate planning advice.
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Posted by Dan | July 27, 2015
Irina is the best
Irina Shea provides absolutely top notch legal advice. She created a will and estate plan for me and my wife that we rely on and trust. She keeps us informed of any relevant information that might impact our plan.
Posted by anonymous | May 28, 2013
Highly Recommended
Bright, sharp, and highly intelligent, Irina provides first class representation to her clients. Her background in trusts, the tax code, and estate planning make her an avid attorney for matters involving estates, trusts, wills, and elder law.
Posted by anonymous | October 19, 2016
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IRENA SHEA
MADE MY WIFE AND I VERY COMFORTABLE. EXCELLENT ATTORNEY.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Trust Officer
  • JP Morgan Trust Company
  • 1999 - 2002
  • Attorney
  • Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom
  • 1995 - 1999

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • JD
  • 1995
  • Georgetown University
  • 1991

Associations

  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
  • 2016 - Present
  • National Association of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2013 - Present
  • Elder Counsel
  • 2013 - Present
  • Wealth Counsel
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Elder Law Foundation
  • 2013 - Present
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 1996 - Present
  • Financial Planning Association of New York
  • 2010 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Accredited Estate Planner
  • National Association of Estate Planners and Councils
  • 2016
  • Certified Elder Law Attorney
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management
  • Estate Administration in New Jersey
  • 2016
  • Ho-Ho-Kus Senior Group Workshop
  • Power of Attorney and Inheritance & Gift Tax
  • 2016
  • Wealth Structuring Group
  • Elder Law/Medicare/Qualified Income Miller Trust Planning for Regular Folks
  • 2015
  • Retirement & Personal Wealth Solutions
  • Gifting Strategies 2015
  • 2015
  • FPANJ Regional Meeting
  • Trusts: Types, Features and Taxation
  • 2015
  • Elder Law/Medicare/Qualified Income Miller Trust Planning for Regular Folks
  • Asset Protection for Regular Folks
  • 2015
  • Bergen Community College Speaking Engagement
  • Retirement Elevated
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (7)
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Estate planning Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Irina, brings a unique set of qualifications to her legal practice. Irina is a true professional. Her exceptional knowledge of estate planning and Elder law allows her to clearly explain these concepts to her clients. Her number one priority is ascertaining clients' goals and meeting those goals. I endorse her."
Estate planning Attorney | May 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have had the pleasure of getting to know Irina over the past few years. She is an incredible attorney, has the utmost integrity, is dedicated to her clients and is someone I trust implicitly to refer my clients to. If you are looking for an estate planning or elder law attorney, you and your family will be in great hands with Irina."
Estate planning Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Irina combines smart, sophisticated skills with tremendous compassion for her clients. She is a true professional, committed to their best interests. I endorse her."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Other
"I have known Irina for years and she is my "go to" attorney for clients seeking to engage in estate and long-term care planning in New Jersey. While Irina is extremely thorough and knowledgeable, she is also very personable, compassionate and accessible. Based on all of these qualities, I unqualifiedly recommend her."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I routinely refer New Jersey matters to Irina because I know her to be a caring, thorough and incredibly competent attorney. With Irina, I know that I can rest assured my client or contact is in good hands."

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Ramsey Estate planning Lawyer Irina Sturam Shea
Irina Sturam Shea
Estate planning Attorney
Ramsey, NJ
Licensed for 28 years