Joan S. Silverman

Joan S. Silverman


  • Smith College (1970)
  • Columbia Law School (1974)

Joan S. Silverman concentrates in estate planning, including the preparation of Wills and trusts, health care directives and powers of attorney, probate, estate and trust administration, and estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax, as well as income tax as it relates to estates and trusts. She has prepared many types of trusts, including testamentary trusts and inter vivos revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts (including dynasty trusts, trusts for minors, grantor retained annuity trusts (“GRATs”), qualified personal residence trusts, life insurance trusts, charitable remainder and charitable lead trusts, and trusts as recipients of IRAs and qualified retirement plans). She is experienced in planning to minimize income and estate tax consequences of qualified plan assets such as IRAs and other tax-deferred accounts and retirement plans. Over the course of her years of professional practice, Ms. Silverman has planned for and administered estates and trusts ranging from modest assets to multi-million dollar valuations. She has represented families, business owners, architects, artists and designers, physicians and many other professionals with regard to their estate planning.

Joan graduated from Smith College in 1970 with an A.B. in English, and received her law degree (J.D.) from Columbia Law School in 1974, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Teaching Fellow.

Ms. Silverman's career in private practice began at Hughes Hubbard & Reed, a large multinational law firm, and continued at several other New York City law firms. Since 2005, she has had her own practice in White Plains and New York City and has also been of counsel to Menaker & Herrmann for the last several years.

Ms. Silverman is a member of the New York State Bar Association, is listed in Super Lawyers, and is AV rated. She was a former member of the Surrogate’s Court Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.