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Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt

Estate planning Attorney at Ithaca, NY

4.9   12 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    New York - NY 25 years
    Massachusetts - MA 25 years
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

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LAW FIRM OF LORRAINE MOYNIHAN SCHMITT ATTORNEY AND COUNSELOR AT LAW WITH OVER 17 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE. CONTACT US AT 607-275-5210

Lorraine is a talented attorney with a solid reputation throughout the state of New York. Passionate about several areas of law, she serves a diverse group of clients, many of whom speak highly of her unique blend of sensitivity and professionalism. Lorraine is highly committed to her clients. Fellow attorneys also regularly commend Lorraine for her proactive approach and her professional integrity. If you are currently feeling stressed or overwhelmed due to pressing legal concerns, you are encouraged to reach out to Lorraine.

Location

Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt, Esq
Attorney & Counselor at Law
109 E Seneca Street
Ithaca, NY, 14850

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2023
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| Consulted Attorney
Helpful
Lorraine took time out of her busy day to help me find an attorney to represent me and my unique needs. She is generous and thoughtful, and I appreciated her guidance and advice.
Posted by Adrienne | March 14, 2023
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Great Representation
My family has been working with Lorraine for years! She is professional, patient, knowledgeable and was very accessible. She helped make our challenging work easier. Thank you!
Posted by Denise | March 2, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Lorraine listens to her clients. She went above and beyond to help us. She helped protect our rights during an estate battle. We will be doing business with her in the future too.
Posted by Ted | December 14, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Stereotype Defier!
Let's face it, lawyers have a bad reputation. For the majority it is well earned. I am please to have found someone that defies the negative stereotype. Lorraine is very conscientious on being responsive to the client. She is honest on time commitments or telling another attorney would be necessary due to her current workload. I am honored to have her for my family attorney and recommend her to others for their legal needs. We need more like Lorraine in this profession.
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Posted by Claudia | October 27, 2017
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Estate planning without tears
We went to Lorraine for help updating my mother's will and health proxy/living will, and to obtain Power of Attorney over her affairs. Mother is well aware of her diminishing cognitive abilities and is easily embarrassed. But after three meetings and signing all the papers, Mother talked on and on about how wonderful Lorraine was, so patient and willing to explain things in simple terms, and how comfortable she felt about the whole experience. Lorraine brings a wealth of experience to estate planning and, just as important, a great deal of tact and respect. She emphasized that Mother was her client, not us, which made my mother feel that she still had some control over her life. As an elderly person moving to an independent living community and about to give up her car, this was enormously important to my mother.
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Posted by Betsy | May 12, 2017
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Lorraine is a gem!
Recently, Lorraine assisted my mother with her estate planning documents - Will, POA, etc. Her ability to put my mother (and me) at ease during the process was phenomenal. She has a very calm demeanor, is extremely knowledgeable and if gifted in her ability to effectively explain legal details to a lay-person. The process of the initial meeting to executing the documents was extremely smooth and has put my mind and my mother's at ease. Lorraine has also prepared documents for me and my husband. We were both very impressed with her work ethic, professionalism and great personality. She is just terrific and I highly recommend her.
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Posted by Nina | May 12, 2017
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So glad I contacted Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt
My consultation with Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt of Ithaca was a totally satisfying one. I found her dynamic, caring and eminently able to resolve the delicate landlord/tenant problem I faced.
Posted by Robert | March 15, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
A one of a kind find !
I have used Lorraine as my lawyer for my businesses and she always has done a great job both in formation and business transactions. I had a tragic life event happen to me and Lorraine was there for me all the way through this event. I came to realize she really cares about her clients and is passionate about what she does. Lorraine listens, advises and then puts her all into fighting for whats right for you. I'm so glad I have her on and at my side. I would highly recommend Lorraine !
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Posted by Louise | November 29, 2014
Review of Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt
November 29, 2014 To whom it may concern: I have known Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt since March 2010, having asked her to handle my deceased mother’s trust and estate. During the past 40 years I have engaged three other attorneys to handle matters such as divorce, rental and business disputes. Ms. Schmitt has been a breath of fresh air compared to any other representative. What immediately struck me was her integrity. Foremost she always takes the high road, the moral way, in resolving issues. And it is clear that she cares for her clients. She carefully explains and clarifies the possible approaches with expected likelihood of success or failure. With a set of choices provided and her professional leadership, most problems become small. Again, she never deviates from the law to achieve the expected results. She invests her time well which insures accuracy and efficiency, especially during court appearances which have always gone well. With her calming approach there is little anxiety. I highly recommend Ms. Schmitt for your next legal representative. Louise
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Posted by Laura | November 13, 2014
I am so grateful to have found Lorraine as my Lawyer.
Lorraine was very sensitive and professional. She worked with her heart as well as her head and knowledge. I was filled with anxiety during the whole case, Lorraine reassured me regularly with confidence and compassion. Lorraine's professionalism along with her kindness makes a perfect blend for the best lawyer ever! I did not want someone "mean" or "soft" but someone honest, gentle AND strong. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by John | February 13, 2012
patient, persevered and stayed positive in 2 difficult and long-lasting cases
Over several years, my wife and I had 2 separate and very difficult lawsuits to deal with that lasted a long time. and as demanding as we were, and even when we had unrealistic expectations, Ms Schmitt always validated our feelings and made us feel secure and hopeful. With her integrity we succeeded to the highest degree that was possible for those type of cases, while still feeling very ethical and accomplishing the results by only fully honest means. Ms Schmitt was always a real pleasure to engage with; no matter how we were feeling on any given day, good or bad, we never ever felt like we were being judged by her and she was never dismissive or arrogant. You relax around her and feel good about yourself - that is because of her personality. Ms Schmitt knew much more about law than us, yet made us feel that our input was valuable and always listened patiently. She is a very humble person but an aggressive and persistent and threatening lawyer to the opposition, and is truly compassionate and kind to her clients without ever putting on an act.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2022
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| Consulted Attorney
commercial lease
I needed clarification on my commercial lease for my business. Even though Lorraine was too busy to take on new clients she took the time on the phone to help me figure out my situation free of charge.
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AVVO RATING 6.8 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Solo
  • Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt, Esq.
  • 2015 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Town of Ithaca
  • 2012 - Present
  • Partner
  • Thaler & Thaler
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Town of Lansing Planning Board
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Attorney
  • Town of Lansing ZBA
  • 2007 - 2015
  • Student Judicial Clerk
  • Honorable Norman H. Stahl, United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • 1997 - 1997
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Education

  • Vermont Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • State University of New York, College at Cortland
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1993

Associations

  • Ithaca Sciencenter’s Board of Trustees and/or Advisory Board
  • Board of Trustees
  • 1999 - Present
  • Tompkins County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Tompkins County Bar Association
  • NYS Legislative Delegate
  • N/A
  • United Way Tompkins County
  • Board of Directors
  • 1999 - 2002
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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Ithaca Estate planning Lawyer Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt
Lorraine Moynihan Schmitt
Estate planning Attorney
Ithaca, NY
Licensed for 25 years
Free Consultation
Virtual consultation available