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“I observed how much it meant to my grandmother to get her affairs in order when her health started to decline, so I gravitated towards Trusts & Estates in law school. Today, I take great satisfaction in helping clients settle the estates of their loved ones, all while coping with the grieving process. Our trusted counsel brings them peace of mind.”

Bethany C. Van Pelt, ESQ.

Associate Attorney

Bethany Van Pelt joined the Capital Region office of Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC as an associate attorney in 2022. She practices in estate and trust administration, trust and estate planning, business planning and probate.

Prior to her role as an associate attorney, Ms. Van Pelt served as a law clerk at the Firm where she conducted legal research and assisted clients with Trust Funding and recording their deeds. In a prior position, Ms. Van Pelt was an intern at Albany Law School where she analyzed matters involving for-profit and non-profit business that benefitted the development of the local community and matters surrounding future care for children.

Pierro, Connor & Strauss is proud to announce that for the first time, Ms. Van Pelt has been selected by her peers for recognition as 2024 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®.

She has also worked with the Albany County District Attorney, Crime Victims Unit where she drafted contact letters and assisted in providing comprehensive support services to victims.

Ms. Van Pelt received her J.D. cum laude from Albany Law School in 2021.  During her time at Albany Law, she concentrated her studies on Elder Law, Trust and Estates and Tax Law. Ms. Van Pelt also received the Dean’s Scholarship and served as the Treasurer of Phi Alpha Delta. She received her Bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from the University at Albany, State University of New York majoring in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Business.

Bethany Van Pelt’s Focus Areas


  • Albany Law School, Juris Doctor, cum laude
  • University at Albany, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Business, summa cum laude


  • New York State Bar Association

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