At the law firm of Susan G. Parker, Esq. PC, we specialize in estate planning, elder law planning, business counseling, and probate. Some clients want a health care proxy, durable power of attorney or a will. Others want us to look at their assets and come up with a solid estate plan. We can guide you through a variety of planning services.
We also work with clients who want contracts and other business-related agreements, as well as prenups and postnups.
Our local neighbors in Chappaqua, Ossining, Croton, Hawthorne, Pleasantville, Thornwood, Yorktown, Eastchester, Yorktown Heights, Katonah, Rye, Somers, Tuckahoe, Eastchester, Cortlandt Manor and other communities in Westchester, Putnam, and Dutchess County, come to our law office in Briarcliff Manor for legal assistance. Clients from all over the country who need help for parents and relatives in New York State often contact us after reading our excellent reviews on AVVO, google plus and other websites.
Susan G. Parker, Esq. PC
Susan G. Parker received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and earned her law degree at St. John’s University School of Law. She later received an advanced tax law degree from New York University School of Law ( LL.M. Masters in Taxation ).
Upon graduation from law school, Susan G. Parker, Esq. PC specialized in benefits, pensions, executive compensation and employment contracts at the NYC office of Coudert Brothers. She expanded her experience into estate planning and representing closely held businesses while in practice at a large White Plains law firm. Thereafter, Susan served as a tax attorney at Texaco, Inc. and expanded her experience into corporate and international tax matters.
Susan G. Parker, Esq. PC initially opened her Westchester County, NY law firm in 1996. Her goal was to provide top flight service and experience, at more affordable fees, than available elsewhere in Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and Dutchess Counties.
Susan is licensed to practice law in New York and Florida. She is also admitted to practice before the federal courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, as well as the U.S. Tax Court. Ms. Parker is a member of the American Bar Association, New York State Bar Association, the Florida Bar Association, and the Westchester Women’s Bar Association.
Ms. Parker is also the author of four books published as part of the Real Life Legal TM series: Estate Planning: A Road Map for Beginners, Elder Law: Legal Planning for Seniors, What to Do When Someone Dies and Business Owners Start-up Guide.
More about Susan G. Parker, Esq. PC
Why did you decide to become a lawyer?
I am long on truth, justice and fairness. I grew up watching Perry Mason and I like to see justice served.
Why did you decide on Estate Law?
After years in other fields, including tax , corporate finance and employee benefits, I felt I could make the biggest impact on individuals by providing personal service, one client at a time. Because of my background in taxes and employee benefits, I have a leg up when it comes to estate planning because I have a deep understanding of tax and other planning for special type of assets.
Why did you choose to live and work in Briarcliff Manor?
I moved here in 1980 right out of law school and raised my family here. I enjoy serving members of my community and nearby areas.
Who are your favorite lawyers? Why?
I enjoy TV and movie lawyers – especially the lawyers on Law & Order. I think these shows give people a good understanding of how the law works and why it’s not always fair, and why justice isn’t always served.
What do you like about being a lawyer?
My greatest satisfaction is helping people plan for their future and shepherding them through life transitions such as business and estate planning, probate and elder law matters.
Advice for younger generations about becoming a lawyer?
If you care about something deeply, legal training can be invaluable. The study of law requires discipline and expands your mind. If you do practice law, you have a real opportunity to make a difference in people’s lives.
What is the most difficult part of your job?
Often people seek my guidance regarding family matters and theft of an older person’s assets. This truly pains me because it’s often so unfair and difficult for clients to accept.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping people. I derive a great deal of satisfaction in helping people nail down their plans and providing them with assurance and certainty that things are set the way they want them to be.
What do you do when you are not working?
I enjoy the outdoors and have a golden retriever puppy who keeps me busy walking and running and playing. My hobbies include arts and crafts, writing and bike riding. I love the beach and I love to travel.
Jacqueline Johansen, Esq.
Jacqueline Johansen began as counsel to the firm in 2018. She specializes in a wide range of business and commercial matters, as well as estate planning and Medicaid.
Jacqueline earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from New England School of Law. During law school, Jacqueline clerked for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and interned at the U.S. District Court in Boston. Upon graduation from law school, Jacqueline clerked for the Honorable Chief Justice Phillip Rapoza of the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
Prior to joining the our firm as counsel, Jacqueline was employed at Greenberg Traurig’s Litigation group in Boston, and the Law & Compliance group at Tymann LLC. In addition to serving as counsel to Susan G. Parker, Esq. P.C., Jaqueline maintains the Vaughn Group, a private practice firm in Massachusetts on Cape Cod. She is well versed in all aspects of business litigation, including real estate matters, as well as estate planning and Medicaid.
Education: J.D., summa cum laude, New England School of Law; M.S., merit, Criminal Justice Policy, The London School of Economic; B.A., Humanities, Yale University
Admitted to Practice: Massachusetts; U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts; U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
Admission pending for license in NYS.