Emilee K. Lawson Hatch

Direct Dial: 315.701.6419
Mobile Phone: 315.706.8585
Direct Fax: 315.423.2854

Emilee K. Lawson Hatch

Emilee K. Lawson Hatch

Direct Dial: 315.701.6419
Mobile Phone: 315.706.8585
Direct Fax: 315.423.2854
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Emilee K. Lawson Hatch

Emilee practices in the Trusts and Estates area. She is a native of the Rocky Mountains, where she grew up in Evergreen, Colorado.  Since settling in Syracuse, Emilee has developed a broad and sophisticated client base.

Emilee concentrates her practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, and estate and gift taxation. Offering the assurance of complete confidentiality and responsive service, Emilee can put a client’s mind to rest on all matters relating to trusts and estates law, as she helps them draft a comprehensive, strategic and highly-personalized plan that addresses their goals and wishes. Knowing that it is not always easy to come to an attorney’s office, Emilee is available for home, office, and hospital visits.

As a previous author of the Syracuse Law Review’s Trusts and Estates Survey of New York Law, Emilee stays on top of recent changes in the law that affect her clients, while maintaining a practical approach to addressing their legal issues.

Wills and Trusts

It is important to Emilee to consider each client’s values and background as she helps them decide which type of estate plan will best fit their needs.  She can help you prepare documents that take into consideration:

  • Tax and family management issues
  • Planning for asset transfers to children, grandchildren and charities
  • Future inheritance
  • Elder law
  • Medicaid planning
  • Special needs and disability planning
  • Pet trusts
  • Revocable v. irrevocable trusts

Whether you have a large estate or relatively few assets, someone will have to address the distribution of those assets in the future. That process is never simple, but without proper planning—which includes taxes, family issues, beneficiary designations, and more—it can turn into a complicated web of problems for your heirs.

End-of-life Decision Making

Emilee assists her clients in navigating their end-of-life choices.  When possible, many individuals want some sort of control over their final moments.  Emilee can help ease your mind and simplify your options for you.

Probate and Estate Administration

Emilee will carefully guide you through the probate process, and can help you with gift and other tax returns, the transfers and funding of testamentary dispositions, and any probate litigation you might face.  Emilee works with families on the following matters:

  • Probate of will or appointment of administrator
  • Collection of assets and determination of their value
  • Payment of debts and administration expenses
  • Calculation and payment of estate taxes
  • Preparation and filing of estate tax returns
  • Audits of estate tax returns
  • Accounting to the beneficiaries of the estate
  • Distribution of the estate
  • Estate litigation

Concierge Legal Services

Clients frequently come to Emilee when they do not have family members or friends they can comfortably rely on to assist them.  For those clients, additional legal assistance may be required.

In addition to drafting documents and providing estate and tax counsel, Emilee also offers more focused legal services and life management assistance.  In certain circumstances, she acts as trustee and/or executor for her clients, as well as agent under a power of attorney or health care proxy.

For clients who want an assured level of privacy and organizational assistance, Emilee is often called on to manage a variety of matters, such as:

  • Care coordination (in-home, nursing level, institutional)
  • Personal finances and tax planning
  • Life management assistance

If you would like assistance with your personal affairs, please call Emilee directly at 315-701-6419.


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  • Emilee is a frequent lecturer and is the current author of the Trusts and Estates portion of Syracuse Law Review’s Survey of New York Law.
  • Assisting various clients in attaining successful decisions of IRS and NYS tax penalty abatement requests and appeals.
  • New York State Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Service Award for the 5th Judicial District (2015)
  • Certified Accredited Estate Planner (AEP) – Designated by the National Association of Estate Planners & Councils (NAEPC)
  • William Herbert Johnson Bar Association of CNY
  • CNY Business Journal, 40 Under Forty Award – 2014
  • Super Lawyers, Upstate NY Edition – Rising Star 2013 – 2017
  • Onondaga County Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Project – 2014 Distinguished Service Pro Bono Award
  • New York State Bar Association, Elder Law and Trusts & Estates Sections
  • Member of the Estate Planning Council of Central New York
  • Massachusetts Bar Association

Emilee is an advocate for lifelong learning. She believes in providing opportunities for all people to have access to education and legal services. Emilee demonstrates her commitment to our community through her work with the following organizations:

    • Book Buddies (Syracuse 20/20), Volunteer, Seymour Elementary School (2017)
    • Syracuse Community Connections, Southwest Community Center, Board Member (2017-present)
    • Board Member, Volunteer Lawyers Project, which provides access to justice by identifying and meeting the unmet civil legal services needs of low income people in Onondaga County through increasing the pro bono participation of the legal community.
    • Board Member at Christ the King Retreat House
    • Volunteer Delivery Driver, Meals on Wheels of Syracuse
    • Leadership Greater Syracuse, Class of 2015
    • Volunteer at the Surrogate’s Court Legal Clinic and the Crouse and Upstate Hospital Legal Clinic.
    • Volunteer at the Vera House Legal Clinic, which provides advice and legal information to individuals seeking assistance at Vera House. Vera House is a local community organization which provides shelter, advocacy, and counseling services for women, children, and men, as well as education and prevention programs. Emilee has been a volunteer with Vera House, in various capacities since 2005.
    • Legal Clinic Attorney Volunteer at the “Say Yes to Education” Legal Clinics, which offer free advice to parents and students of Syracuse Schools.
    • Former Board Member at Child Care Solutions, Inc., a nonprofit organization that promotes early learning and healthy development for all children through education, advocacy and support for families and early childhood professionals.
    • Former Board Member at The Newland Center for Adult Learning and Literacy, a nonprofit organization providing free adult literacy tutoring.
    • Former Board Member at the Onondaga County Bar Association, an organization that fosters the growth of the science of law, and facilitates the process of justice.
    • Former Board Member at Prevention Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting healthy choices to prevent addictions.
    • Former Board Member at the Central New York Women’s Bar Association, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and empowerment of women in the legal profession and in the community at large.
    • Former Assistant Coach of Syracuse Law School’s Outlaw Moot Court Team, which competes at UCLA’s Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, a competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law.
    • Former Adjunct Faculty at Cazenovia College – Sexuality, Gender and Law class


  • L.L.M. in Estate Planning, University of Miami School of Law, 2009
  • J.D., Syracuse University College of Law, 2008
  • B.S., Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2005


  • New York
  • Colorado
  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
  • Life After Death, New York State Bar Association Journal, May 2018, Vol. 90, No.4
  • Is a Trust Right for You? Lifelong, Ithaca, NY (2018)
  • Estate Planning for People without Heirs, Lifelong, Ithaca, NY (2018)
  • Health Care Decision Making, End-of-Life Symposium hosted by Frances House (2018)
  • Take Control of your Time, Talent and Treasure, Century Club, Syracuse, NY ( 2018)
  • Estate Planning Overview, New York State Bar Association CLE (2018)
  • Extremis Screening and Panel Discussion, hosted by Ithaca College Gerontology Department, Cinemapolis, Ithaca (2018)
  • Planning for Aging Panel, Soule Branch Library (2017)
  • Protecting Assets from Long Term Care Costs, DeWitt Seniors Presentation, DeWitt, NY ( 2017)
  • End-of-Life Decision Making, Elder Law Fair, Syracuse, NY (2016-2017), Ithaca College Gerontology Institute, Tompkins County Office of Aging, Ithaca, NY (2017), Lifelong, Ithaca, NY (2017)
  • Basic Estate Planning, Elder Law Fair, Syracuse, NY (2011-2017)
  • Demystifying Trusts, Century Club, Syracuse, NY (2017)
  • Get your Estate in Order, DeWitt Seniors Presentation, DeWitt, NY (2016, 2017); Century Club, Syracuse, NY (2016)
  • Legal Ethics in Elder Abuse Cases, Elder Abuse Conference, Syracuse, NY (2016, 2017)
  • Take Care of Those You Love, Dewitt Seniors Presentation, Dewitt, NY (2017); Century Club (2016)
  • LGBT Legal Concerns, Elder Law Fair, Syracuse, NY (2014)
  • Trusts, Estates, and the Legal Documents Every Woman Should Have, Lubin House, Syracuse University (June 13, 2017)
  • Emilee K. Lawson Hatch, Trusts & Estates, 2010-11 Annual Survey of New York Law, 62 Syracuse L. Rev. 845 (2012)
  • Emilee K. Lawson Hatch, Trusts & Estates, 2011-12 Annual Survey of New York Law, 63 Syracuse L. Rev. 991 (2013)
  • Emilee K. Lawson Hatch, Trusts & Estates, 2012-13 Annual Survey of New York Law, 64 Syracuse L. Rev. 979 (2014).

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