Dorsey and DeRiso

Dorsey and DeRiso

Whitestone / Queens Estate Planning and Administration Lawyer

Firm Overview

Creating an estate plan is an important task. Well-crafted wills, trusts and other estate planning documents can protect your estate from estate transfer taxes and preserve a legacy for your beneficiaries and heirs. Doing so when you are of sound mind ensures your wishes will be followed after you are no longer able to care for yourself or your family. However, New York wills, trusts and estates law has strict guidelines governing estate planning tools.

As an attorney, I work closely with clients, accountants, appraisers and other third parties to build an estate plan in accordance with New York laws. I have in-depth knowledge of all regulatory guidelines, as well as New York state and federal estate transfer taxes, and I always keep these issues in mind as I work with clients to make legally sound documents. I have more than 43 years of experience helping clients plan for their futures and walking them through the estate administration process.

Primary practice areas

My practice is dedicated to helping clients with:

-Estate planning, including drafting wills, trusts, healthcare proxies and powers of attorney documents
-Estate administration, including probate, administration, litigating contested probate, administration and judicial accounting
-Elder law, including assisting clients in asset preservation
Wealth management services tailored to your needs

Confused about what estate planning document will best fit your specific needs? Every tool has benefits and some have drawbacks - you should be aware of when making an estate plan. I can explain the purpose of different estate planning tools and how each one can be used to protect your well being and your assets. To better meet your needs, I keep flexible office hours and often visit the homes of elderly clients with mobility issues. My office is also handicap accessible.

Main Office

Main Office
19-02 Whitestone Expressway, Suite 105
Pistilli Corporate Plaza
Whitestone NY 11357



Estate Planning

It is crucial you have a will or trust stating how you wish to distribute your assets, regardless of the amount of real or personal property involved.

I help clients build estate plans with wealth management goals in mind. I provide assistance creating wills and trusts that minimize estate taxes while protecting your wishes and your loved ones. I have a thorough understanding of New York state and federal estate transfer taxes.

I also have extensive experience dealing with the complex relationship between Medicare and Medicaid eligibility as related to estate planning. I can help you manage your finances in a way that makes you eligible for the benefits of government assistance. Additionally, I work with clients whose estates are smaller and may not involve tax planning or asset protection.

Dominick A. DeRiso

Dorsey and DeRiso

I have more than 43 years of experience practicing trust and estates law. I greatly enjoy working with clients to solve their problems, putting decades of knowledge to use when crafting or executing estate plans. My range of experience includes both small and large complex estates.

Areas of practice

The main focus of my practice is on:
-Wills, trusts & estates
-Estate planning
-Estate probate & administration
-Elder law

I also provide other legal services in connection with estate planning and estate administration matters. I have a thorough understanding of commercial and residential real estate and leasing, limited liability company law, business law, partnership law, corporate law, transferring and selling assets, and buying and selling businesses.


I graduated with a B.A. from Fordham University in 1964. I then went on to receive my J.D. from St. John's University in 1967.

Admissions and professional memberships

Admitted to practice law in New York in 1968 and the District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 1972, I am a member of the:

New York State Bar Association
Member, Trusts and Estates Law Section; Elder Law Section; Real Property Law Section; Business Law Section
Flushing Lawyers Club
Community involvement

I am involved in New York's classical music community and am a member of the Advisory Board of the New York String Orchestra Seminar, a program whose sole focus is offering exceptionally talented young musicians an opportunity to train with acclaimed professionals and perform in Carnegie Hall. I take an active role in fundraising scholarships for the seminar, and my son has been accepted to the program twice.

Personal information

Outside of work, I enjoy classical music and the opera, rowing, and spending time with my family and Portuguese Water Dogs, Domino and Demi. My son David is a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.


St. John's University
Juris Doctorate ,