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Michael Todd Shilinski

Estate planning Attorney at Pleasantville, NY

5.0   18 reviews

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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Planning estates via Wills and Trusts as well as documents that will allow others to help you in your time of need such as Health Care Proxies, Living Wills and Powers of Attorney.

    18 years, 500 cases

  2. Real estate
    Residential Real Estate Sales or Purchases in Westchester County at a flat rate.

    18 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Probate

  4. Elder law
    Medicaid planning and counseling.

    18 years, 100 cases

  5. Litigation

    18 years, 50 cases

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Licensed for 17 years
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 2005
Updated 11/28/2022

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

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Gullotta & Shilinski, LLP
427 Bedford Road, #180
Pleasantville, NY, 10570


5.0 / 5.0
  18 customer reviews
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Posted by Pilar | January 14, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Small Business Legal Help
I have opened two small business with the help of Michael Shilinski and he has been great with navigating through red tape with the state and helping to craft contracts. I am very happy with all of the services he provided. I will also go back to him with any issues that need to be addressed with either business.
Posted by Mike | January 16, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Michael Shilinski has handled both my will and power of attorney files and was my also my real estate attorney for my recent home purchase. Michael was extremely organized and professional while being very easy to work with. He answered all emails and calls promptly and was always available for support when needed. He made both processes very smooth and stress free for my wife and I. I would highly recommend Michael and will certainly use him again in the future when needed.
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Posted by Jon | December 12, 2019
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Intricate Real Estate Deal
We hired Michael to represent us in the purchase of a new home in Briarcliff Manor NY. As we were moving from California, it was important that we had somebody on our side who had a lot of New York Real Estate experience. There were several intricacies to the deal and at every turn Michael was an exemplary advisor and advocate for us. He thought of all the potential issues we might come across and prepared us so well for all eventualities. Also Michael is just a great guy to deal with, nothing is ever too much trouble, we will always use Michael for all our future legal needs, one of the best legal people we have ever worked with. Jon and Marci , November 2019.
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Posted by Jeffrey Osterman | April 9, 2019
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Everything was smooth - exactly what you'd want!
Michael handled my mom's will, power of attorney and health care proxy and then after she passed handled the probate of her estate. The documents he prepared worked exactly as one would want, allowing me to handle my mom's affairs after she fell ill. Michael was always extremely responsive and coordinated well with my other family members. The probate process was smooth and there were absolutely no hiccups. I always felt well-informed at every step of the way and Michael was highly responsive to any requests for information or clarification that I had. I recommend him without hesitation.
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Posted by Daniel | April 9, 2019
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Taking Care of My Parents
Mr. Shilinski was very knowledgeable and patient while helping me organize my parent's affairs. I feel much more prepared now moving forward with my family's estate planning. Should have done this years ago.
Posted by anonymous | October 26, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
A Very Good Estate Planning Attorney
I hired Michael for working out my estate plan: Will, Health Care Proxy, Living Will, and Power of Attorney for finances. I am very pleased with the job he did, both with advising me and preparing the documents. This included giving my executor and Power of Attorney agent proper legal access to my digital assets, which is apparently still considered to be a new thing in the legal world. He charged a reasonable flat fee for his service. I would expect to hire him again for revisions to my estate plan in the future.
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Posted by Ruth | March 3, 2018
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A competent professional
Michael recently handled a property sale for me. Throughout the entire process, from deciding to put the property on the market through the closing, Michael guided and advised me. He was readily available to answer questions and provided me with a reasonable timeline about the process. Since I hadn’t engaged a real estate agent for this sale he also handled many of the additional requirements. I particularly appreciated that whenever he offered advice he explained his reasoning but also made it clear that I was the one to make the decision. Also because of his real estate set fee policy there were no unpleasant surprises at closing. Michael’s competent professionalism enabled me to enter into this transaction with confidence. Thank you, Michael.
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Posted by Charmaine | January 17, 2018
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Excellent Lawyer
Michael made our property deed transfer as effortless for us as possible. He communicated clearly with all involved parties, allayed every concern, and expertly completed the process. Thank you so much, Michael.
Posted by Sarah | November 12, 2017
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A pleasure to work with
My husband and I hired Michael to prepare a comprehensive estate plan (our first). What I appreciated most about Michael was his ability to engage with the pertinent legal issues at a high level, but also to explain them in a way that was accessible. I am an attorney by training, but my husband is not, and we both found Michael to be clear, engaged and thoughtful throughout the process. Michael also has a warm and low-key manner that helped us deal with the unpleasantness of estate planning. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of a great trusts and estates lawyer.
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Posted by Irene | October 30, 2017
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Compassionate Lawyer
Some might find the title of my review to be an oxymoron, but after finding Micheal Shinski, I can attest it is not! My husband and I just completed working with Michael on our Estate Documents. Michael helped us to not only understand what we were doing, and the decisions we were making, but also did it in a way that was both helpful and relaxed. Since this is not easy topic, it was very nice to work with somebody who is low pressure, very knowledgeable, and extremely helpful at every turn. Michael was interested in our ideas, and figured out exactly how to word changes we were requesting to make. His goal was to make sure the documents were 100% accurate in describing our wishes. Estate Planning can be a sensitive topic and this is NOT the type of lawyer that you want to be pushy or argumentative, so we were relieved and happy to find Michael and have already recommended him to our sisters and friends!
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Posted by Lisa | October 5, 2017
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The Best
I was referred to Michael Shilinski through my realtor at Centurty 21 when selling my house in Pleasantville. Michael is highly organized, resourceful and personable. Though I inadvertently brought some glitches to the process of selling, Michael was able to iron them out quickly and with professional aplomb. I could not have asked for a better real estate attorney experience.
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Posted by Mitchell | July 26, 2013
Thorough and thoughtful estate planning attorney
I hired Michael to help me with my father and his much over due estate planning. He spent an enormous amount of time and energy explaining the importance of the basic estate planning documents that my father should have in place. My father and I quickly felt comfortable with him and he did a wonderful job. Now I know that my father can be taken care of if he needs help in the future.
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Posted by Amanda | July 11, 2013
Great lawyer to handle your estate planning needs!
Michael hired my grandparents wills, living wills, power of attorneys, and health care proxies. He was compassionate, knowledgeable and went the extra mile. I would recommend Michael without hesitation!
Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2013
Knowledgeable, Reliable, Conscientious, and Helpful
I was referred to Michael Shilinski by a local real estate appraiser prior to our contract for a home purchase. From the beginning of our home purchase, he presented as capable, conscientious, and responsible. He was immediately helpful in describing the mortgage/contracting process. As first-time homebuyers, we were anxious and unaware of the process and procedures involved in purchasing a home. He made us feel comfortable and worry-free throughout the process. He was able to provide us with a timeline of expectations with regard to our contract, the appraisal, the inspection, and the mortgage expectations. Furthermore, he provided us with additional requirements as homebuyers who were negotiating without realtors. He checked in with us via telephone on a weekly basis and he was readily available to answer questions as they arose. Michael frequently returned phone calls in a timely manner (within that day). Michael seems extremely knowledgeable in his field and provided exceptional advice throughout the process. He made excellent recommendations for additional resources as well. Most importantly, Michael explained all documents at the closing in a comprehensive manner and was well prepared to make the process as efficient as possible. He is a competent, hard-working, professional with an intrinsic concern for his clients. We highly recommend Michael and will definitely seek his guidance with any future legal questions/concerns. It was a pleasure working with him.
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Posted by Louis | May 18, 2013
Timely, Responsive, Trustworthy
Housing market in Chappaqua is very tight. After a substantial amount of time looking for the right house -- we find one, we got an accepted offer at a good price, we wanted to move quickly to get the house off the market before other bidders came in. Michael was timely, responsive, and trustworthy. He understood our situation. He was willing to be flexible. He was willing to move quickly. Great job. We closed last week.
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Posted by Mary | May 17, 2013
Professionalism at its best
I have had the honor of working with Michael Shilinski for the past ten years or so. The first time I worked with him in my capacity as a title attorney I was struck by his serious and professional tone. Michael's goal is to serve the best interests of his client; if he is unfamiliar with a particular aspect of the transaction he makes it his business to learn all there is to know. He takes his responsibility toward his client very seriously as he does his responsibility to the legal profession as a whole. You will never witness Michael being cavalier toward a legal matter in which his client is involved. When you retain Michael Shilinski to be your attorney you can sit back and relax. He will handle your legal matter from start to finish; he will advise you as to the progress every step of the way; he will respond to your questions and concerns immediately.
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Posted by Jon and Sharon Thompson | January 20, 2013
Efficient and Responsive
Michael helped my wife and I make rapid changes to our estate plan after we encountered drastic financial change in our lives. He was always available and completed our work ahead of schedule.
Posted by anonymous | November 16, 2012
Honest and Compassionate Elder Law Attorney
We retained Michael T. Shilinski to probate the estate of our mother. He provided us with excellent advice and counsel. During a very difficult time, we were able to focus on our family and let Mr. Shilinski handle the legal aspects of the estate.
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gullotta & Shilinski, LLP
  • 2012 - Present


  • New England Law Boston
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • George Washington University
  • MA - Masters
  • 1999
  • George Washington University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995


  • Westchester Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Pleasantville Zoning Board of Appeals
  • Member
  • 2016 - 2021

Languages Spoken

  • English


  • The Examiner
  • It's Never Too Early to Consider Estate Planning for Your Family
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • An Open Discussion with an Estate Attorney
  • Estate Planning and Elder Law
  • 2017

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Real estate Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is a knowledgeable and dedicated attorney, who I would highly recommend."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael has a solid grasp of estate planning and real estate law and is an asset to the AVVO community."
Estate planning