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Harry Scaramella

Harry Scaramella

Harry has a diversified life background. Born and raised in Kenya, East Africa, Harry was educated under the British system. His family immigrated to Canada in 1968 and at the age of 15 Harry graduated high school in Montreal, Quebec.

Harry has a conversational ability in Italian and French. The following year the family moved to British Columbia, where Harry attended college and explored the world of restaurants. In conjunction with his mother they ran a breakfast/lunch cafe in Vancouver, BC. During the "Cafe" years, Harry also started and ran a landscaping business in BC that focused on the construction of retaining walls in new sub-divisions working under government contracts. He sold the business and invested in the purchase of a meat processing business in Utica, New York with an Italian cousin. The business was sold. He met his life partner, Patty, in Utica, and they were married.

Harry returned to BC with his wife, and attended Control Data Institute to become familiar with computers and programming. Harry was hired by CDI to run their job search program, and achieved recognition in the company's "100% Club" for achieving goals for two years running.

Harry, Patty and their two daughters returned to the US, where Harry pursued an education and received a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from SUNYIT followed by a Juris Doctorate (JD) from Syracuse College of Law in 1996.

After admittance to the New York State Bar, Harry worked for the Longeretta Law firm in general practice, formed a partnership with attorney Michael Cancilla, and then worked as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Utica for a number of years. These endeavors allowed Harry to explore the relationships within the different disciplines of the law and gave him invaluable insight into litigation practices and processes. In 2006, Harry became an associate at a local estate planning law firm and focused exclusively on estate planning law. After receiving training and setting up plans for numerous clients with this firm, in 2010, Harry saw a need for an under-served niche of clients. That niche will be served by LifeLaw, LLC.

Cindy Near

Cindy Near

Cindy is a Central New York native and a graduate of Dolgeville Central School. She has two children, one resides in NC and the other in Virginia and between them, she has three grandchildren. Cindy relocated to the Outer Banks of North Carolina in May 2011 to be near her family. She is very passionate about her family, spends lots of time with them and loves being both a mother and Nana.

Cindy has several years of relationship management experience beginning at an insurance company in Syracuse as a claims clerk/clerical supervisor, then as a personal lines customer service representative for an independent insurance agency. She and her family returned to the Mohawk Valley. She was hired as the School Tax Collector/Business Office Administrative Assistant, where she continued cultivating her customer relations and financial skills for 15 years. Cindy then decided to pursue her interest in the legal field, and obtained a legal secretarial position for an estate planning attorney/partner at a Law Firm in Syracuse. She continued her career in the estate planning field as the Client and Advisor Relationship Manager at an Estate Planning Firm in New Hartford, NY for many years.

Cindy provides outstanding quality service while always maintaining integrity. Her unique communication skills assist LifeLaw, LLC in best serving the estate planning community with a more “personal touch”.

Izabela Bartosik

Izabela Bartosik

Izabela Bartosik was born and raised in Poland, Europe. In 1993 she came to the USA.  She met her friend and life partner the first day in the USA. They married and have two children. After 7 years living in Arizona, they returned to Utica to be closer to Izabela's family.

Izabela, for many years, worked at the Savings Bank of Utica (which then became SBU Bank and Partners Trust Bank) in many different departments and roles. In 2007, Partners Trust Bank was acquired by M&T Bank where over 300 people lost their jobs. Izabela was one of them. She then decided to pursue her interests in the medical field. In less than 18 months, she acquired her Associate Degree in Occupational Studies and also a Certificate as a Medical Office Assistant from the Utica School of Commerce.

In order to expand her horizons, Izabela accepted a position in the legal field as the Drafting Assistant at a local estate planning law firm. While there, she spent her time learning about estate planning and perfecting the processes in the drafting department.

Izabela will put her expertise to use with LifeLaw, LLC as the Quality Assurance Director. Her experience, combined with the talents of the team she joins, will provide exemplary customer service and legal documents to the clients that entrust their estate planning to LifeLaw, LLC.

Carolyn H. Montalbo

Carolyn H. Montalbo

Carolyn was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, and moved to the Central New York area when she was five years old. She is a graduate of Proctor High School where she was actively involved in the music and athletic programs.
Carolyn decided to pursue her love of music and cello performance by joining SUNY Geneseo's music performance program. While she excelled in the program, Carolyn realized that her true career passion is working directly with people. She ultimately decided to complete her Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and Music History and Literature with a minor in Sociology, but decided to further her education in the counseling field.
After graduating with her Undergraduate degree, Carolyn married her husband, Matt, moved to Buffalo, and began her Master's program in Education and School Counseling. She earned her Ed.M. in just over one year. In 2009, she was offered a counselor position at St. Mary's High School in Lancaster, NY and quickly ascended to Department Chair.
After the birth of her first child, Sofia, Carolyn decided to leave her counseling position to spend more time at home. It was during this time in 2011 that she pursued a career that would allow her to continue helping others while also prioritizing her family. When the opportunity arose for her to join the LifeLaw Team, she was thrilled, as it allowed her to put her strong communication and interpersonal skills to work once again.
In 2015, Carolyn was offered a part-time position as a music teacher at Garden Nursery School and has since been working with children, ages 2-5, to foster their exploration and love of music. Carolyn continues her cello performance professionally, as well. She has performed at a wide range of venues and competitions and has taught cello lessons for several years.
Carolyn and Matt have also welcomed their son, Rocco, in 2014, and daughter, Violetta, in 2016.

Justin Tarantino

Justin Tarantino

Justin is a Central New York native, living the majority of his life in Syracuse, NY. He graduated high school from Central North-Syracuse where he played football, lacrosse and ran track and field.

Justin thereafter attended Le Moyne College and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. At Le Moyne College he was recognized for his public speaking abilities and exceptional debate skills. After college he helped manage a small granite business and later left to obtain his legal education at Charlotte School of Law in North Carolina. However, Justin wanted to be closer to his family and pursued summer internship opportunities in Syracuse, NY. In the summer of 2013, Justin had the privilege of working for several judges at the 5th Judicial District Courthouse as a Judicial Clerk. The clerkship gave him invaluable insight into several areas of law. In the summer of 2014 Justin studied law in Rome, Italy where he had the honor of meeting and working with the attorney general of Italy to help modernize their legal system. Upon returning to the United States, Justin worked for DeFrancisco & Falgiatano Law Firm as an intern focusing primarily in the area of medical malpractice.

Justin graduated from law school in 2015 where he obtained his Juris Doctor Degree. After admittance to the New York State Bar, Justin began working for Alexander and Catalano as an investigator while also managing construction contracts as an independent attorney. Justin then found his true calling in estate planning and elder law with LifeLaw, LLC. He prides himself in serving his clients to the highest degree, and truly lives to serve the community he was raised in.

Justin will bring his enthusiasm and fresh perspective to serve our clients’ needs.