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Irina S. Shea, Esq., CELA®, AEP®

Irina S. Shea is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Business and the Georgetown University Law Center and has been an estate planning attorney since 1996. She is licensed to practice law in both New Jersey and New York. She has worked as an associate attorney in the Trusts & Estates department of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom in NYC doing high end estate planning and as a Vice President and Trust Officer at JP Morgan Private Bank in NYC. These experiences gave her unique insights into not just strategic estate planning but the real life execution of such estate plans years later that prove invaluable to her private practice clients today. She is a Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA®) and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®). Irina lives in New Jersey with her two sons, one dog, and three cats.

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Colleen A. Gaedcke, Esq.

Colleen A. Gaedcke is a graduate of Seton Hall University (2007) and Hofstra University School of Law (2010). Colleen has been practicing Elder Law since 2012, focusing on Medicaid Asset Preservation, Medicaid applications, Estate Planning, Guardianships, and Special Needs Planning. Colleen also serves as a court appointed attorney for incapacitated adults. Colleen works with clients in New Jersey primarily in the Bergen County area. Prior to working in private practice, she worked as the Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Nestor F. Guzman of the Chancery Division, Family Part of Passaic County and the Honorable Margaret Mary McVeigh of the Chancery Division, General Equity Part of Passaic County. Colleen was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Elder Law in 2018, 2019 and 2020. She is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association’s Elder and Disability Law Section and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Colleen lives in New York City with her husband.

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Samantha Evans
Client Service Coordinator

Samantha Evans is our Client Service Coordinator and the first person you will meet at our firm. Her role as Client Service Coordinator is to make the estate planning, elder law, and estate administration process, go as smoothly as possible for all clients by walking them through our procedures, getting them scheduled for their initial consultation, and helping them prepare for their meeting with Irina or Colleen. She understands that many clients who are reaching out to our firm are not always familiar with our areas of practice and she is always happy to answer any questions that they may have in order to help them understand what they need. Samantha joined our firm in 2016 and lives in New Jersey with her husband, Tom, and her cat, Lacey.

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Certified Elder Law Attorney (CELA®)
and Accredited Estate Planner (AEP®)

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