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Thomas Sciacca

Estate planning Attorney at New York, NY

4.9   59 reviews

Licensed for 19 years

Virtual consultation available

About Thomas

Learn Thomas’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    30%
    Wills, Trusts & Estates. Planning for single people and couples. Estate planning for the LGBT community. Estate tax planning. Supplemental Needs Trusts for disabled beneficiaries.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Litigation
    30%
    Surrogate's Court litigation. Probate contests, Will contests, Accounting matters, kinship hearings. Jury trials in the Surrogate's Court. Appeals of Surrogate's Court matters.

    21 years, 625 cases

  3. Probate
    30%
    Probate proceedings. Administration proceedings. Accounting proceedings. All matters in the Surrogate's Court related to Estates, contested and uncontested.

    21 years, 1,000 cases

  4. Guardianship
    10%
    Guardianship proceedings for incapacitated adults under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law. Guardianship for mentally retarded and developmentally disabled children in the Surrogate's Court. Guardianship for minors in the Surrogate's Court.

    21 years, 325 cases

PROFESSIONAL LEGAL SERVICES AT REASONABLE PRICES

Trusts & Estates attorney and litigator; licensed in NY, NJ, and FL.

Areas of practice:
Wills & Trusts
Estate planning
Estate tax planning
Business succession planning
Surrogate's Court (Estate) proceedings
Surrogate's Court (Estate) litigation
Guardianship proceedings
Guardianship litigation

Frequent speaker on topics including estate planning, estate planning for the LGBT community, probate, and Surrogate's Court matters. I am available to speak to your community group or organization.

Awards

Client's Choice 2020,2019,2018,2017,2016,2013
Client's Choice
2020 2019 2018 + 3 ...

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Licensed for 19 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/23/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2004
Updated 11/17/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 2003
Updated 11/08/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Thomas

Law Offices of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC
One Liberty Plaza - Suite 2300
New York, NY, 10006-1432

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  59 customer reviews
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Client's Choice 2020
Client's Choice
Thomas received a significant number of 4+ stars in 2020
Posted by Stephen | July 14, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, Integrity, Professionalism
Recommended to me by my cousin, an attorney who was impressed by Tom from a previous Zoom call, I hired Tom to create my estate planning documents. I am glad that I did. Tom is very knowledgable and professional and has created an office team that is equally professional and pleasant to work with. As one might expect, the process of creating estate planning documents is an iterative process whereby the attorney and the client refine the documents until the final versions meet all the client’s needs. During this process, some of the modifications that I requested actually could have had negative consequences and as such Tom provided clear reasoning why I should not make such modifications. Modifications without potential negative consequences were quickly and accurately made. The final product is a suite of documents that completely accommodates my personal situation. I have already recommended Tom to one of my closest friends. And I recommend Tom to you.
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Response from Thomas Sciacca July 28, 2021
Stephen, thank you so much for taking the time to write this review - I am most grateful. We also enjoyed working with you immensely. Best wishes. Tom Sciacca
Posted by Carol | January 25, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Patient, clear and caring.
Tom and his team were able to simple our wills and estate plan, answering and reanswering questions with patience and humor. Everything was completed in a timely manner. It was a pleasure.
Response from Thomas Sciacca January 26, 2021
Thanks, Carol - I appreciate you taking the time to write a review and I enjoyed working with you both!
Posted by Tim | December 7, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very knowledgeable and helpful
Tom was very helpful and up front as we talked through our legal documents. He thoroughly explained the various options available to us and let us know his recommended preferences and why.
Response from Thomas Sciacca December 7, 2020
Thanks Tim - I enjoyed working with you both and I really appreciate the time you took to submit a review for me. Best wishes.
Posted by Daniel | December 1, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thoughtful and diligent
Thomas assisted me with my estate planning. He thoroughly interviewed me to discern my needs and then promptly drafted documents that addressed those needs and my concerns. I heartily recommend him to others!
Response from Thomas Sciacca December 2, 2020
Daniel - thanks for taking the time to write a review! I appreciate it and appreciate your choosing our firm for your estate planning needs. Best wishes.
Posted by anonymous | November 18, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Downright Life-Changing Legal Services!
Thomas Sciacca proved to be a tenacious, experienced, responsive, and downright life-changing lawyer in my case. He helped me with a power of attorney/guardianship issue for a vulnerable adult. I'd been going in circles for about nine months with another attorney, and Thomas Sciacca helped me with everything I needed to get the outcome I wanted within two months. With Covid-19 and a nursing home involved, it really could've been a life or death situation in our case. Not only was he communicative, hard-working, precise, and extremely helpful on all counts, but he was a wonderful and compassionate human being to work with. I couldn't recommend him more highly to anyone who needs an experienced legal mind on their case. I only wish I had found him earlier, as hiring him immediately would've made the last year of my life much easier.
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Response from Thomas Sciacca November 23, 2020
Thank you for this review - I enjoyed working with you on this matter, and appreciate the time you spent to write this review! Tom Sciacca
Posted by Neal | November 6, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent guidance and help with will, living will, and power of attorney
Couldn’t have been happier with Ton and his crew for their thoughtful and patient guidance.
Response from Thomas Sciacca November 6, 2020
Neal, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review - especially a positive one like this! I appreciate it and I appreciate you.
Posted by Nicole | September 3, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Estate Planning
Tom was referred to me for estate planning purposes. He was incredibly informative and honest in our discussion. Tom not only answered direct questions, but offered information on areas that were pertinent and I had not thought about. He offered solutions that were practical and economical. I highly recommend him for any estate planning needs. He was a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Michael | June 5, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Attorney. Glad to have found him.
Thomas Sciacca could not have been more professional and understanding. Guardianship for a family member can be overwhelming, but he was able to provide so much helpful information to us in our consultation. I will be using his services to help ensure the best care for my family.
Posted by David | May 13, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
The Best
I had a paid phone consultation with Mr. Sciacca concerning a very difficult and unusual probate case. He was informative, knowledgeable, and professional. I received much more than the cost of the consultation. Unfortunately, he recommended that I use attorney with closer proximity to the probate case. This is the correct call, but I wish that I could have hired his firm.
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Posted by Julian | December 11, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Easy to work with and made goods suggestions
Mr. Sciacca drew up new estate-planning documents for me, including a will, a power of attorney, a living will, and a health-care proxy. The process was straightforward, he made good suggestions, responded to my concerns, and completed the documents in the time promised. (It took about 6 weeks from first meeting to signing, but I was in no hurry.) He also did research on a slightly complicated question that came up in the process. He was a pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Dylan | November 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Outstanding Estate Planning Experience
From start to finish I had a flawless experience with Tom Sciacca. He made the Estate Planning process easy and painless. I've worked with other Trust & Estate professionals in the past and there is no other attorney I'd recommend as highly as Tom.
Posted by Lothar, Werner and Bernd | August 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Settlement in a inheritance case
To Tom Sciacca and team a very big thank you for the way you handled the case in the death of our late cousin and securing a settlement. As our family resides in Europe and other parts of the world we had to be totally guided by you in this matter. Your inside knowledge to guide us along and eventually get us a settlement was extraordinary. One point that comes to mind especially is your style. At no time over this long period of the case did you use any harsh words to upset the other side but you were always clear and firm in your demands. Also extremely fine human skills combined with an enormous knowledge of the legal system made this settlement possible. We have to say that we could not have been in better hands. Thank you again to you Tom and your team. Lothar and Bernd
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Posted by carol | July 8, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ms
Thomas Sciacca is an extremely knowledgeable attorney. But beyond his legal expertise, he is a kind, caring, and intuitive professional -- easy to talk with about difficult and sensitive issues and forthcoming with superb advice. His office is run so seamlessly by Norman Piasecki, always accommodating, organized, and a pleasure to interact with. It is so apparent that this law office values its clients. I put my compete trust and confidence in these stellar professionals and recommend them wholeheartedly.
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Posted by anonymous | June 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely capable and caring lawyers and staff
I can’t say enough good things about Thomas and the associate, Zachary Whiting, whom he assigned to us initially. We had a complicated case which involved money left by a decedent who’d been in a non-traditional partnership with the plaintiff (a person with a disability), and POA malfeasance resulting in theft of much of the money left to the person with the disability. Thomas and Zachary were completely open-minded and unfazed by the unusual nature of the relationships & personalities involved, and helped guide us through the process of detailing our case against said POA. They also counseled us regarding financial planning, recommended an equally evolved tax professional we are still happily working with, and a lawyer who was familiar with disability laws. Thomas also found us a litigator who was willing to work on contingency should we need to take the case to trial - although ultimately we settled out of court for an amount we can live with (and which is likely more than we’d have ended up with had we gone to trail, been awarded everything we wanted, and then given 1/3 to cover the litigators contingency fee). During the duration, I felt I could trust them and tell them anything without fear of uptight judgement or skepticism. Additionally, they were exceedingly understanding of and sensitive to the plaintiff’s disability and how traumatic the whole situation was for him. If they were doctors I would say they have ideal bedside manners. They also worked with us to keep costs down, giving me the option to do some of the basic legwork like gathering of documents, etc, myself. All in all, Thomas Sciacca’s law firm is highly recommended and deserving of our praise and appreciation.
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Posted by Jack | June 26, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Always clear and helpful
Tommy has been patient with me throughout the process of developing a will and advance directives. Arranging appointments has been easy. His follow up is great.
Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Helpful, easy to talk to, and knows his stuff
My husband and I needed to get wills (after 40+ years together), we were referred to Tom by a friend. He was easy to talk to, explained clearly how marriage laws in NY and NJ differed and what would happen to our estates without wills. He was candid and extremely helpful, exactly what we were looking for. We are extremely happy to have him on board.
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Posted by anonymous | January 9, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great experience
Tom handled my legal matter quickly and professionally. It was a pleasure working with him and Norm. Highly recommended.
Posted by Chen | November 28, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very honest and very helpful
Thomas Sciacca is my professor when I studied at NYU, THE best professor. I know this is not ratemyprofessor.com but I want to say he is very knowledgeable and explains law very well and make it very easy for everyone to understand. My brother in law passed at young age unexpectedly so my husband and I all the sudden feel that we need a living will. Tom took his time to listen to us carefully about what we need and what is our ending goal. Rather than take advantage of our vulnerability, he told us that based on our situation, hire him to do a living will is not necessary. He gave us a lot of advice and answered a lot of questions we have. We will definitely go back to Tom when we really need the service and recommend to any family and friend who need legal help on Will/ probate. He is not the lawyer who just want to make money from you, he is the one who want to help and willing to educate.
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Posted by Edward | April 4, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
On the recommendation of a friend who consulted with Tom at the LGBT Center, I also went for a free consult. I was impressed and him immediately: Tom Sciacca is empathetic, professional, precise, knowledgeable, ethical, not rushed, straightforward concerning fees, provided legal options to my needs, absolutely no pressure to make decisions, patient, responsive to all communications, on-point in his explanations and advice, Tom's professional assistance got me through every aspect of dealing with my brother's estate; he took the lead on all filings and I always felt I was covered well-represented. He coordinated where necessary with other attorneys (e.g. real estate) and my accountant, A very positive experience, I especially liked that he provides client-exclusive outlets for phone and laptop charging while we met. Regarding fees: reasonable. When dealing with a Will Package, a single charge was quoted and paid for. For all other assistance, consults and time, I was billed on a pro-rated hourly basis. He also charges for his very able Assistant's time on specific projects (at a lower rate). Billing was prompt and I paid accordingly and immediately,
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Posted by Roy | March 14, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The highest recommendation possible
Tom was a pleasure to work with. Thorough, thoughtful, attentive, organized, intelligent and honorable are few of the words I'd use to describe him. On top of this personable and a truly nice guy. He made things easy every step of the way. Hire him!
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 435-435 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Thomas Sciacca, PLLC
  • 2007 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • New York University
  • 2006 - Present
  • Associate
  • Freedman Fish & Grimaldi, LLP
  • 2003 - 2007

Education

  • New York University School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2010
  • Pace University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2003

Legal Cases

  • Anonymous
  • Achieved desired result for client

Associations

  • Brooklyn Bar Association
  • 2020 - Present
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 2010 - Present
  • Lesbian and Gay Law Association of Greater New York
  • 2003 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2003 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • New York County Lawyers' Association
  • 2003 - 2014
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Languages Spoken

  • American Sign Language
  • English
  • German

Honors and Awards

  • New York Metro Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Clients' Choice Award
  • Avvo
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Empire State Counsel
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Superb ranking
  • Avvo
  • 2013
  • Hyman Award for Excellence in Trusts & Estates
  • Westchester Community Foundation
  • 2002
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Publications

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Speaking Engagements

  • SAGE speakers' series
  • Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples: LGBT & Others
  • 2019
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Estate Planning for Unmarried Couples: LGBT & Others
  • 2019
  • SAGE Advisors Series
  • Practice in the Surrogate's Court: Advice and War Stories from Court Attorney-Referees: A CLE by SAGE
  • 2016
  • UBS Speaker Series
  • Section 3 DOMA Repeal & Effect on LGBT Community
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (25)
Endorse Thomas
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is the first person I think of when asked for referrals for wills, trusts and estates - he is a wealth of information with an exceptional expertise. He readily and thoroughly helps other attorneys who are grappling with these complex matters - on an individual basis and as a trainer. Tom graciously volunteered his time to participate in a training for attorneys at Legal Services NYC; he helped shape the program, edited our template wills, added valuable content to the training materials, and provided clear and thoughtful guidance as a trainer. Tom is thorough, patient, kind, and driven to deliver first-class services and work product. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have Tom as a mentor and friend."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is very a knowledgeable and competent attorney. I am very impressed with Tom and would highly recommend him to my clients."
Estate planning Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"First an foremost, let me say that Thomas is a "people person," which is what ultimately makes him an excellent litigator. He brings the perfect combination of substantive know-how on the law with the actual ability to try a case. That's rare among trusts and estates lawyers and it's what distinguishes him from the bunch. I wholeheartedly trust and endorse Thomas and will always send any client or friend in need of his expertise his way."
Estate planning Attorney | Aug 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Estate planning Attorney | Jul 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom is a treasure trove of knowledge about estate planning and administration. On top of this, he is an exceedingly generous colleague when it comes to sharing his knowledge with his fellow attorneys. I feel grateful to know Tom, and to consider him a colleague."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tom has a wealth of knowledge in trusts and estates. He is also approachable, reliable, kind and caring."
Probate Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"This is a letter of recommendation for Thomas Sciacca. I first spoke with Mr. Sciacca on a Surrogate's Court matter we were both working. He always acted professionally, courteously, and intelligently. His written arguments were wise, concise, and useful. An attorney can quickly discern brilliance by reading what he/she has written, and I could opine, without a doubt, that Mr. Sciacca's abilities far exceed that of most. His knowledge puts him in the top echelon of attorneys. Whenever I speak with Mr. Sciacca, I always gain just a little more respect for him. I highly recommend Thomas Sciacca as a lawyer, person, and professional. Please feel free to call my office should you require any further information."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom is a former colleague with a quick mind. I endorse him for estate planning and probate. He also signs."
Estate planning Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Sciacca for over a decade. His knowledge and expertise in his field are unparalleled. Whether it be a simple estate matter, planning for current and/or future needs of loved ones, or the litigation of estate issues, I never hesitate to recommend Mr. Sciacca to my clients. Mr. Sciacca and his office will handle you matter in a professional manner, ensuring that your particular needs and requirements are met."
General practice Attorney | Apr 24
Relationship: Friend
"I attended Pace Law with Tommy, and I have been, and still am, consistently impressed with both his legal acumen and character!"
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It's a genuine pleasure to recommend Thomas Sciacca for all of your trust and estates needs. He's well-versed and remains current in the law. Please consider Thomas when you need legal assistance."
Estate planning Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Attorney Sciacca without reservation. I find him to be well versed in his field. Thomas has a reputation of being detail oriented and committed to his clients."
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