Elder Law and Special Needs Section - Tara Anne Pleat

Tara Pleat
Tara ANNE PleaT

ELDER law and special needs SECTION


Tara Pleat is chair of the Elder Law and Special Needs Section of the New York State Bar Association.

She is a partner of Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC. She practices in the areas of special needs estate planning and administration, traditional estate planning and administration, long-term care planning, and elder law. 

She graduated cum laude from Albany Law School with honors in the Estate Planning concentration and earned her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany. 

She also is an active member of the Trusts and Estates Law Section, where she serves as District Delegate for the Fourth Judicial District.  She is a member of the Special Needs Alliance, the Academy of Special Needs Planners and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. 

In March of 2016, Tara was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  ACTEC Fellows are selected on the basis of experience, professional reputation and ability in the fields of trusts and estates and on the basis of having made substantial contributions to these fields through lecturing, writing, teaching and bar activities.

Tara is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of Eastern New York. In addition, Tara is a graduate of the 2006 class of Leadership Saratoga, sponsored by the Saratoga Springs Chamber of Commerce. Tara is a Member of the Board of Directors of AIM Services, Inc., a disability service organization based in Saratoga Springs, New York. She is a Member of the Board of Directors of the Wesley Community, a continuing care community for seniors in Saratoga Springs, New York as well serves on the Board of the Wesley Foundation.  Tara also chairs the Planned Giving Committee of the Wildwood Foundation, an organization that supports Wildwood Programs, a school for individuals with disabilities in Albany, New York. Tara is also a Member of the ARC New York’s Statewide Guardianship Committee as well as the Advisory Board of Supported Decision Making New York (SDMNY). 

In the fall of 2012, Tara was appointed as an adjunct professor of law at Albany Law School, where she teaches a course in the spring semester on estate and financial planning for the elderly and individuals with special needs.