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About me

I am a dual-licensed lawyer (New York and Florida), and practice actively in both states.  My primary office is on Long Island, in Farmingdale near the Nassau-Suffolk County borner.  My secondary office is in Fort Lauderdale, which I called home for 35 years, until 2007.

Although considered a "general practice", my practice focuses on estate planning and administration, elder law, real estate, small business and litigation.  I also have a specialty in Constitutional Law, whcih stems from my first career as a newspaper reporter.  I was a media lawyer for 7 years, and continue to keep up with First Amendment and other civil rights law. 

I love what I do, helping clients achieve their legal goals with the least amount of stress possible and at a reasonable cost.  In turn, my clients come back and refer their friends and loved ones to me.  My colleagues also refer many legal matters to me, and I reciprocate the professional courtesy.  I couldn't ask for more!


Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Italian

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Contact info

Law Offices of Joanne Fanizza, P.A.

2631 E. Oakland Park Boulevard
Suite 205
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33306

Law Offices of Joanne Fanizza, P.A.

One East Main Street, Suite 1
Bay Shore, NY, 11706


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
  2. Real Estate: 20%
  3. Business: 20%
  4. Litigation: 10%



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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NYCurrently registered 200703/07/2016
FLMember in Good Standing198806/19/2016
DCInactive 200607/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2016
Pro Bono Lawyer of the MonthNassau County Bar Association2015
Lawyer of the YearBroward Lawyers Care2003
Lawyer of the YearBroward Lawyers Care1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ownerLaw Offices of Joanne Fanizza, P.A.1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar Associationmember2008 - Present
Nassau County Bar Associationmember2008 - Present
American Bar Associationmember1988 - Present
Broward County Bar Associationmember1988 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
NYSBA Elder and Special Needs JournalShould They Go or Should They Stay: Issue-spotting for the New York Lawyer Whose Clients May Be Considering a Change in Domicile to Florida2016
eZines.comSeniors - You Can Maintain Control After Control Slips Away With the Right Plan2010
eZines.comThe ABC's of Medicaid For the Elderly2010
eZines.comBusting the Biggest Medicaid Myth - Transferring Assets"2010
eZines.comShould You Trust the Living Trust?2010
eZines.comPre-prepared Legal Documents -- Why "Canned" Documents Can Get You Canned2010
eZines.comEstate Planning for Same-Sex Couples -- An Ever-Changing Area of the Law2010
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Westbury Memorial Public LibraryWills, Trusts and Estate Planning2016
Elder Law, Social Services & Health Advocacy CommitteeWhat to do when the nursing home makes a claim against your client: Creative ideas and solutions from the perspective of both the nursing home and the client2011