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Last Updated: March, 2011


Michele J. Zerafa graduated cum laude from the college of Business Administration at Fordham University with a major in Accounting. Michele was also enrolled in the honors program and won an award for best honors thesis for her paper on the Inter-State Income Taxation of Professional Athletes.

Michele graduated from Pace University School of Law in 1996 and prior to forming McLaughlin & Zerafa, LLP, Michele worked at two small Trusts & Estates firms, focusing on Estates Planning and Estate Administration and also held a position with one of the Big 4 Accounting firms as a senior tax associate.

Throughout her career, Michele has been a frequent lecturer and author on various Estate Planning and Estate Administration topics. She is currently a member of the Westchester County Bar Association Trust and Estates Executive Committee as well as having previously served on the Advisory Board of Berkley College for its Paralegal Program.

Michele is licensed to practice law in New York and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, Trust and Estate Section and the Westchester County Bar Association. Michele lives in White Plains, with her husband, James Zerafa, and their two children.

Areas of Practice:

  • Estate Planning
  • Probate and Estate Administration
  • Guardianships
  • Elder Law / Medicaid Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • State and Federal Tax Audits
  • Business / Entity Formation
  • Estate Litigation
  • Trust Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • New York, 1997


  • Pace University School of Law, White Plains, New York, 1996, J.D.
  • Fordham University, Bronx, New York, 1993, B.S. (Accounting)
    • Honors: Cum Laude
    • In Cursu Honorum

Published Works:

  1. Michael Candela & Michele J. Zerafa, The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, The New Basis Rules For Inherited Property For The Year 2010, Westchester County Bar Journal, Fall/Winter 2009.