Estate & Probate Attorney in Fort Myers, FL & Naples, FL
Since she began practicing law in 1987, Ms. Pizzolato has practiced as both a litigator and an estate planning attorney. Many of her litigation and corporate clients asked her to handle their estate and business planning needs as well, and over time she found the latter more rewarding.
Working with families and business owners to meet their life-long goals and most-pressing concerns brings her a great deal of personal satisfaction. In essence, Ms. Pizzolato has chosen to practice an area of law focused on collaboration rather than conflict. She has represented and assisted thousands of clients with their estate planning, business succession planning, probate, and trust administration needs.
Ms. Pizzolato received her B.A. from Stony Brook University in 1982 and her J.D. from New York Law School in 1987. She is licensed to practice law in New Jersey (1987), New York (1988), Connecticut (1988), and Florida (2002).
Ms. Pizzolato has received an AV® PreeminentTM rating from Martindale-Hubbell® Lawyer Ratings (2014, 2015, 2016), indicating she exhibits the highest level of professional excellence. She is also a member of many esteemed organizations including the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, WealthCounsel®, The Florida Bar (Real Property, Probate & Trust Law and Tax Law Sections), The American Bar Association (Practice Management and Tax Law Sections), Rotary South of Fort Myers, and several others including the Bar Register of AV Preeminent Women Lawyers (2014, 2015, 2016), which is a particularly exceptional honor. Only five percent of all women lawyers carry such a distinction.
While her main office is now located in Fort Myers, Florida, Ms. Pizzolato still practices law in New Jersey and New York, as well. This flexibility has proven particularly valuable for her Florida estate planning clients with assets in multiple states.
So, too, has her willingness and ability to handle client planning needs over the phone and by email. In fact, some of her long-term corporate clients have never actually met Ms. Pizzolato in person, but given her personable nature and commitment to serving as a “lawyer for life,” these clients have also become close friends.