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D. Victor Pellegrino

Attorney and Counselor At Law

"Protecting The Assets of Seniors and Their Families For Forty Years"

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2627 Genesee Street                                                                
Utica, New York,13501

Phone: (315) 733-0417
Fax:     (315) 792-8075


Member:

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Elder Law and Special Needs Section,
Tax Section, Trusts and Estates Section of the New York State Bar Association

Oneida County Bar Association

Biographical Sketch:

Mr. Pellegrino is a native of Utica, New York and a graduate of Utica College of Syracuse University and Seattle University Law School, formerly The University of Puget Sound School of Law, "With Distinction." While attending law school, Mr. Pellegrino was awarded the American Juris Prudence Award for Wills, Estates and Trusts awarded by the Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company. After attending law school, Mr. Pellegrino studied in New York University Law School's Graduate Tax Law Program and worked at a Park Avenue law firm in New York City before returning home to Utica, New York in 1978 to set up practice.

He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Elder Law and Special Needs Section, Trusts and Estates Section and Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association, and has served as a contributor on the Board Of Advisors of "Money Whiz" Estate Planning Forum on America Online.

Mr. Pellegrino has served as chairperson of the Tax Subcommittee and The Economic Development Council of the Utica Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as a member of the Chamber's Board of Directors. He has served three times as President of the City of Utica Board of Education, Chairperson of the Budget & Finance Committee and the Community Relations Committee of the Board of Education and as Chairperson of The Bond Advisory and Oversight Committee. He is a Past President of the Board of Eastside Senior Citizen's Center, Past President of the Board of COMPASS, an organization of Health Care Agencies that provide free health care information to seniors and a Founding Board Member and Member of the Executive Board of Directors of Compassion Coalition, Inc., which provides free food to people in need, a Past Platinum Sponsor and volunteer of the Alzheimer Association of Central New York, and a Past Member of the Board of Directors of the Utica Symphony. Dick originated a volunteer tutoring program that recruited over 1100 volunteer tutors for at risk children and has served as a volunteer reading tutor. 

Mr. Pellegrino has lectured to numerous community groups and has taught in continuing education seminars for Attorneys, CPA's, Insurance and Real Estate Professionals, Financial Planners and social workers on the subject of Estate and Medicaid Planning. He has taught estate planning courses at Utica College of Syracuse University and MVCC and is currently teaching classes in Estate and Medicaid Planning at Herkimer County Community College, Oneida County BOCES and Mohawk Valley Learning In Retirement at the State University of New York Polytechnic Institute, teaching classes in How To Protect Assets From Nursing Home Expenses and Uncovered Medical Expenses, as well as What Is Probate, How and Why To Avoid It, Advanced Medicaid Planning, Alzheimer's A Lawyer's Perspective, All of My Legal Documents Are Signed What Could Possibly Go Wrong?, Does Your Will Protect Your Children and Grandchildren and How To Protect Your Child's and Grandchild's SSI and Medicaid With A Supplemental Needs Trust. Dick has a full time law practice in the City of Utica, New York at 2627 Genesee Street, with a practice concentrating in the areas of Elder Law, Tax, Estate, Medicaid and Financial Planning on the personal, gift and estate tax levels, including Supplemental Needs Trusts for children and adults with special needs.

He is a regular guest speaker at senior centers, assisted living facilities and organizations serving seniors all over central New York, speaking on Estate Planning and files Medicaid in numerous counties in New York State.

Dick has recently served as one of the administrators of Memory People, a Facebook Group devoted to Alzheimer's awareness and support of people with Alzheimer's, their caregivers and loved ones. 

Dick has a First Degree Black Belt in American Eagle Style Martial Arts. He also is a student of Iaido and Botto, training in the Samurai Sword, as well as a student of the American Cane System, training in the martial arts use of the cane.  



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