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Barbara Maria Pizzolato

Estate planning Attorney at Fort Myers, FL

5.0   8 reviews

also known as Barbara M. Pizzolato


Licensed for 35 years

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    50%
    Simple Estate Planning Preparation of Wills, Trusts and related documents Living Wills and Healthcare Surrogates Durable Powers of Attorney Designation of Pre-Need Guardian Deeds Settlement of decedents' estates Probate and Trust Administration Complex Estate Planning Pre-mortem Estate Planning Preparation and review of Wills, Revoca

    35 years

  2. Probate
    20%
    FLORIDA PROBATE ATTORNEY, LOCATED IN LEE COUNTY FLORIDA, REPRESENTS CLIENTS IN FORT MYERS AND SURROUNDING AREA IN ESTATE PROBATE PROCEEDINGS, FOREIGN WILL (OUT OF STATE) PROCEEDINGS, ESTATES WITH NO WILL AND ALL OTHER PROBATE PROCEEDINGS.

    35 years

  3. Trusts
    20%
    Preparation of Wills, Trusts and related documents Living Wills and Healthcare Surrogates Durable Powers of Attorney Designation of Pre-Need Guardian Deeds Settlement of decedents' estates Probate and Estate Administration

    35 years

  4. Business
    5%
    ALL ASPECTS OF CORPORATE AND BUSINESS LAW, BUSINESS PURCHASE AND SALES, BUSINESS CONTRACTS, EMPLOYEE CONTRACTS, NON-COMPETE AGREEMENTS, LLC FORMATION, CORPORATE REPRESENTATION, BUSINESS LITIGATION, COMMERCIAL LEASES, COMMERCIAL CONTRACT DISPUTES, COMMERCIAL CONTRACTS, FAMILY BUSINESS, SMALL BUSINESS, BUSINESS IN LEE COUNTY, BUSINESS IN COLLIER COUNTY, FL BUSINESS, NY BUSINESS, NJ BUSINESS, BUSINESS LAW, COMMERCIAL LOANS, COMMERCIAL FINANCING, BUSINESS STARTUP, STARTING A BUSINESS, LOCAL COUNSEL

    35 years

  5. Wills and living wills
    5%
    Preparation of Wills, Trusts and related documents Living Wills and Healthcare Surrogates Durable Powers of Attorney Designation of Pre-Need Guardian Deeds Settlement of decedents' estates Probate and Estate Administration Complex Estate Planning Pre-mortem Estate Planning Preparation and review of Wills, Revoca

    35 years

BARBARA M. PIZZOLATO was first admitted to practice law in 1987.  In July of 1994, she opened her own practice in Dix Hills, New York after practicing in Manhattan from 1987 to 1993 and then in Melville, New York for a year and a half.  She presently maintains offices in Melville, New York; West Orange, New Jersey; and Fort Myers, Florida.  Although still admitted in the State of Connecticut, she no longer actively practices in that State.

Ms. Pizzolato received her Juris Doctorate from New York Law School, Night Division, in 1987 and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1982 where she was a member of Alpha Kappa Delta Sociology Honor Society.

Licensed to practice law in the states of New Jersey (1987), New York (1988), Connecticut (1988) and Florida (2002), Ms. Pizzolato is admitted to practice before the New Jersey Superior and U.S. District Courts (1987), the New York Supreme Court (1988), the U.S. District Court for the Southern (1990) and Eastern Districts (1992) of New York, the Connecticut Superior Court (1988), the U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut (1992), the Florida Supreme Court (2002) and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (2005).  Reported Cases:  TTF, Inc. v. Brozman Archer Realty Services, Inc., 722 N.Y.S.2d 408 (2d Dep’t 2001). 

In New York, Ms. Pizzolato was an arbitrator for the Small Claims Part of the New York State Unified Court System from 1998 to 2002; a Matrimonial Fee Dispute Arbitrator for the Suffolk County Unified Court System from 1995 to 2002; an Officer of the Suffolk Academy of Law; Member and Secretary of the Board of Managers of the Pro Bono Foundation of the Suffolk County Bar Association (1993-2002), Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Practitioners’ Committee (1996-1998, 1999-2002); Member of the Suffolk County Bar Association Committees on Fee Disputes, Corporate Law, Tax Committee; Member of the National Association of Female Executives (1993-2001); and First Vice President and Treasurer of Long Island Women’s Network (1996-2001). 

Ms. Pizzolato was previously a Member of the Board of Directors of Sarah’s Center, Chairperson of the Citizens' Advisory Committee for the Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities of the Town of Huntington; a Member of the Board of Directors of The Long Island Center for Professional and Business Women (1996-1998) as well as Nassau/Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.; in addition, she was a former member of the following organizations: Long Island Association (Tax Policy Committee); The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (1988-1994), The Real Estate Board of New York (1990-1993); the Queens County Bar Association (1988-1993); New Jersey State Bar Association; Connecticut State Bar Association; a Major Trustee Investor of the Chamber of Southwest Florida and former Chair of Professional Development for The Business Network of Southwest Florida.

After the events of September 11, 2001, Ms. Pizzolato served on the American Bar Association’s Disaster Relief panel of legal experts offering pro bono assistance to victims of the World Trade Center attacks involving landlord/tenant issues.  In addition, after Hurricane Charley, Ms. Pizzolato provided pro bono services to individuals through the Young Lawyers Division Emergency Panel and has volunteered her services again for each upcoming hurricane season.

Presently, Ms. Pizzolato is a member of the American Bar Association, 1988-Present, New York State Bar Association );  Florida Bar Association, Lee County Bar Association, and Rotary South of Fort Myers. 

Ms. Pizzolato is the Author of "The Pizzolato Newsletter", a quarterly newsletter which offered clients, colleagues and others updates on current legal issues; the following are Ms. Pizzolato’s published articles: "Limited Liability Companies", One on One, Newsletter of the General Practice Section, Vol. 15, No. 3, page 22-23 [Fall, 1994], N.Y.S.B.A. and "Public and Private Agencies Spur Economic Growth", Real Property Law Section Newsletter, Vol 21, No. 3, pages 21-25 [Summer, 1993], N.Y.S.B.A.  Ms. Pizzolato regularly contributed articles concerning landlord/tenant matters to The Suffolk Lawyer, a monthly publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association as well as The Rhodes Real Estate Review and Action Line, a publication of The Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section.  In addition, in New York, Ms. Pizzolato was a member of the Suffolk Academy of Law’s Practicum Project Faculty and annually taught landlord/tenant law to attorneys in New York.

Ms. Pizzolato, the sole shareholder of Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A., concentrates her practice in Trusts and Estates, Probate, Estate Administration, Estate Planning, Family Trusts, Family Wealth Transfer, Living Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Trust Planning, Wills and Living Wills, Business Law, Business Estate Planning, Business Formation, Business Planning, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Transfers, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Family Business Successions, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Commercial Transactions, Corporate Law, Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Formation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Incorporation, Professional Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Partnership Law, Family Limited Partnerships, Family Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Partnership Dissolution, Partnership Formation, Partnership Organizations. 

She resides in Fort Myers, Florida with her husband and two children.  Her interests include golf, reading and entertaining.

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Licensed for 35 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2002
Updated 11/23/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/28/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1987
Updated 11/04/2022
State CT
Status Retired
Acquired 1988
Updated 11/28/2022

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

Contact Barbara

Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A.
12751 New Brittany Blvd.
Suite 402
Fort Myers, FL, 33907
Barbara M. Pizzolato, Esq.
Suite 240, One Suffolk Square
1601 Veterans Memorial Highway
Islandia, NY, 11749
Barbara M. Pizzolato, Esq.
c/o Richard A. Feldman, Esq.
80 Main Street, Suite 140
West Orange, NJ, 070520000
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Posted by Jerry | September 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Review for Ms Barbara Maria Pizzolato
Ms Pizzolato & her assistants are very professional, courteous & attentive. They produced, & maintain, a very detailed & inclusive ‘Estate-Planning Portfolio’, for both myself & my wife. She conducts annual reviews, & they provide changes, updates, etc., if/as required. We very highly recommend Ms Pizzolato, & her organization, for production & maintenance of an ‘Estate-Planning Portfolio!’ You, your family & heirs will be very happy, proud, & thankful for what she provides.
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Posted by Jack P | November 26, 2015
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Trusted Firm!!!
My relationship with the Pizzolato Law Firm began 10 years ago when we became Florida residents. From updating NJ Wills and Trust documents to life changing events, Barbara has provided effective solutions to my emerging estate requirements. Her objective approach to problem solving is always based on her unique insights into my personal goals. Clearly a firm that can be trusted and relied upon.
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Posted by Vida | April 2, 2015
Barbara Pizzolato the attorney that can be your friend!!
I have known Barbara for nearly 20 years. Miss Pizzolato has the compassion of a friend and the knowledge and experience of the trusted attorney that she is!! Her main interest has always been what was and is best for me!!!
Posted by Ed | March 29, 2015
Details
Barbara and staff are extremely detailed, knowledgeable and personable. Greta to work with and reliable. They create confidence in the services you receive.
Posted by Donald | March 27, 2015
All The Support I Need
I am 87 and need to have a dependable person looking out for my best interests. Ms Pizzaolato keeps me current and is available for help whenever I need it. I look forward to our continued association.
Posted by Frank | March 27, 2015
A fine laywer for your Trust!
Ms. Pizzolato is a very fine lawyer, who listens to her clients and help them achieve there goal. She was very understanding to what we wanted to have done and offered us different ways to reach them.
Posted by anonymous | October 14, 2008
Mr. Fred H. Kobie, President Kobie Kooling, Inc
Barbara Pizzolato has been one of the most professional attorneys I have had the pleasure to work with. Not only did she help us understand the tough questions, she protected our interests and help our business and family plan for a more secure future. Because of her profesionalism I have become friends with Barbara and her family and our strategic relationship continues to this day. I know when the task at hand is under her control, I can get back to my schedule because she will take care of my needs seemlessly. She is a fantastic person to have on our team and we are lucky to have found Barbara.
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Posted by anonymous | October 13, 2008
Glam Girl Montiel Corporation
Barbara Pizzolato has been, a most trustworthy attorney, she has a lot of knowledge in her field. She is very fair in her charges for her firm. She pays SPECIAL attention to details when reviewing your case. She is always reachable either by phone or via email. I never have gone more than a few hrs of contacting her and received an answer back to any concern I may have had. What I love most about her she is a REALIST, she tells you how it is. I RECOMMEND Barbara to anyone who is in need of an attorney.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 400-400 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Barbara M. Pizzolato, P.A.
  • 1994 - Present
  • Arbitrator for the Small Claims Part
  • New York State Unified Court System
  • 1998 - 2002
  • Chair Solo/Small Firm Practitioners’ Committee
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Committee Member on Fee Disputes
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Committee Member on Corporate Law and Tax Law
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • 1996 - 2002
  • Member
  • Nassau Suffolk Law Services Committee, Inc.
  • 1996 - 1998
  • Matrimonial Fee Dispute Arbitrator
  • Suffolk County Unified Court System
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Officer
  • Suffolk Academy of Law
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Member and Secretary of the Board of Managers
  • Pro Bono Foundation Suffolk County Bar Assoc.
  • 1993 - 2002
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Education

  • New York Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • State University of New York, Stony Brook
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Legal Cases

  • Reported Cases: TTF, Inc. v. Brozman Archer Realty Services, Inc., 722 N.Y.S.2d 408 (2d Dep’t 2001).
  • ORDERED that the order is affirmed, with costs.

Associations

  • Estate Planning Council Fort Myers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Rotary Club of Fort Myers South
  • Former Board Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Law Practice Management Section
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Taxation Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1994 - Present
  • Suffolk County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • Calusa Inns of Court
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Women Leaders in the Law
  • Fortune Magazine
  • 2015
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • AV Rated by Clients
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • 2009 Best of Fort Myers, Business Award
  • U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)
  • 2009
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Publications

  • Lawyer for Life
  • Dispelling a Malicious Myth: Irrevocable Trust Aren't Irrevocable
  • 2016
  • One on One
  • Limited Liability Companies
  • N/A
  • Real Property Law Section Newsletter
  • Public and Private Agencies Spur Economic Growth
  • N/A

Speaking Engagements

  • 4 Costly Legal Mistakes that may leave your children at risk!
  • Estate Planning
  • 2016
  • Certificate Credited Program
  • Business Structure and Contracts
  • 2008
  • Staying in Control
  • Estate Planning
  • 2006
  • Pelican Preserve Expo
  • Estate Planning and Domicile
  • 2006
  • Staying in Control
  • Living Wills and Health Care Surrogate Designation
  • 2006
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