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Ilene S. Cooper

Photo - Ilene S. Cooper Ilene Cooper is a partner at Farrell Fritz concentrating in Trusts and Estates.  She practices litigation in Surrogate's Courts throughout the New York Metropolitan area.  Her area of work has required her to prepare objections, answers, discovery demands, motions and memoranda of law.  She also has experience in the drafting and execution of will and trust instruments, powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills.  Previously, Ms. Cooper worked as a Principal Law Assistant/Referee for the Surrogate of Suffolk County, Honorable Ernest L. Signorelli.  In addition to her work at Farrell Fritz, Ms. Cooper is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Touro Law School, as well as a member of the School's Board of Trustees.

Ms. Cooper, a columnist for the Suffolk Lawyer, a publication of the Suffolk County Bar Association, is presently on the Advisory Committee of the Suffolk Academy of Law, and is the First Vice President of the Suffolk County Bar Association.  In 2006, she was appointed by the Appellate Division, Second Judicial Department, to the State of New York’s Grievance Committee for the Tenth Judicial District.

Together with her local Bar Association activities, Ms. Cooper is a Member at Large of the New York State Bar Association Trust and Estate Law Section and a former Chairperson of the New York State Bar Association's Committee on Trust and Estate Administration, a member of the Special Committee on Fiduciary Appointments, a Fellow of the New York Bar Foundation, and a member of the House of Delegates.  In addition, she is a member of the Theodore Roosevelt American Inn of Court.  In 2003, she was nominated as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Council (ACTEC).  

Ms. Cooper is presently a columnist for the New York Law Journal, where she writes an article entitled "Trusts and Estates Update", and is the author of "Case Notes", a quarterly column published in the New York State Bar Association's Trusts and Estates Newsletter.  Further, Ms. Cooper is the editor of Warren's Heaton, on Surrogate's Courts, volume on litigation.