Rebecca M. Blahut

Rebecca M. Blahut

Partner
Location:
Poughkeepsie, New York
Phone:
845-486-6866
Fax:
845-486-7621
Email:

Elder Law:
Development of plans for possible incapacity or need for nursing home care, complex gift and promissory note plans and the preparation of Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, and Medicaid Trusts to aid in the protection of assets and Medicaid applications.

Guardianships:
Applications for appointment of guardians for incapacitated and developmentally disabled individuals under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law and Article 17-A of the Surrogate's Court Procedure Act. Assist guardians with all aspects of the management of guardianship estates.

Estate & Special Needs Planning:
Development of Estate Plans for individuals and the preparation of estate planning documents, including Wills, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Supplemental Needs Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Generation Skipping Trusts and Charitable Trusts. Creation of Estate and Gift Tax Plans to reduce or avoid taxation. Assist business owners to plan for the transfer of businesses to a younger generation.

Trust and Estate Administration:
Assist Executors, Trustees and Administrators with all aspects of the administration of Estates and Trusts. Services include probate of Will, marshaling of assets, preparation of estate tax returns, sale and distribution of assets, preparation and filing of accountings and discharge of fiduciaries.

Memberships/Affiliations:

Professional:
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council, Executive Committee (2015-2017)
Dutchess County Bar Association (Treasurer 2006 to 2011)
New York State Bar Association (Member, Estates & Trusts and Elder Law Sections)
Mid-Hudson Women's Bar Association

Civic:
Board of Trustees of Anderson Center for Autism & Anderson Center Services, Inc., Secretary (2015-2016), 1st Vice President (2016-present)
Board of Directors of Dutchess County Arts Council (2009-2013), Chairperson (2012), Corporate Secretary (2010-2011)
Board of Directors of St. Francis Home Care Services, Inc. (2013-2014)
Dutchess County Arts Council Golf Tournament Committee (2006-2009)
Dutchess County Bar Association, Treasurer (2006-2011)
Board of Directors of Quitman Resource Center for Preservation, Treasurer (2006-2008)
Board of Directors of Grace Smith House (2004-2007)
Community Foundation Garden Party Committee, Committee Member (2013-2014), Chairperson (2013)

Rebecca was born in Manassas, Virginia and was raised in suburban New Orleans. She lived in Jackson, Mississippi for five years, where she attended law school. She relocated to the Hudson Valley in May of 2001. Rebecca and her husband, David, Assistant Director of Networks & Telecommunications at Vassar College, reside in Staatsburg.

Areas of Practice

  • Estate Planning
  • Guardianships
  • Trust and Estate Administration
  • Elder Law

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 2002

Education

  • Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi
    • J.D. - 2001
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
    • B.S. - 1996
    • Major: Finance

Honors and Awards

  • Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce: Forty Under 40 Shaker Award, 2010 Recipient

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Hudson valley Estate Planning Council, Executive Committee, 2015 - 2017