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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
Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1988||06/19/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Pro Bono Lawyer of the Month||Nassau County Bar Association||2015|
|Lawyer of the Year||Broward Lawyers Care||2003|
|Lawyer of the Year||Broward Lawyers Care||1998|
|owner||Law Offices of Joanne Fanizza, P.A.||1995 - Present|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|New York State Bar Association||member||2008 - Present|
|Nassau County Bar Association||member||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||member||1988 - Present|
|Broward County Bar Association||member||1988 - Present|
|NYSBA Elder and Special Needs Journal||Should They Go or Should They Stay: Issue-spotting for the New York Lawyer Whose Clients May Be Considering a Change in Domicile to Florida||2016|
|eZines.com||Seniors - You Can Maintain Control After Control Slips Away With the Right Plan||2010|
|eZines.com||The ABC's of Medicaid For the Elderly||2010|
|eZines.com||Busting the Biggest Medicaid Myth - Transferring Assets"||2010|
|eZines.com||Should You Trust the Living Trust?||2010|
|eZines.com||Pre-prepared Legal Documents -- Why "Canned" Documents Can Get You Canned||2010|
|eZines.com||Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples -- An Ever-Changing Area of the Law||2010|
|University of Florida||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1981|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||N/A|
|Westbury Memorial Public Library||Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning||2016|
|Elder Law, Social Services & Health Advocacy Committee||What 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 client||2011|