Susan Ylitalo helps individuals and families with estate planning and estate and trust administration in both New York and Connecticut. She assists clients set up estate plans that accomplish their personal goals in a tax-efficient manner. She also advises individual and corporate fiduciaries in probate proceedings and non-judicial settlements.
Susan is experienced in working with a broad range of individuals and families in transition, including young couples creating estate plans for the first time and members of senior generations implementing sophisticated wealth transfer strategies to benefit family members and charities. She regularly works with clients' accountants, financial planners, insurance professionals and other attorneys and advisors to create and implement estate planning techniques efficiently.
Active in her community, Susan serves on the board of Domus Kids, Inc., a non-profit serving at-risk youth and their families in Fairfield and New Haven counties. At Day Pitney, she holds a leadership position as chair of our firm-wide women's initiative, Women Working Together (WWT®), and co-leads an extensive professional development program for associates and counsel.
Prior to joining the firm, Susan clerked for Stefan R. Underhill, United States District Judge for the District of Connecticut.
Despite her Finnish last name, Susan's language skills extend only to French. She spent two years studying in France, first in Angouleme and later in Strasbourg. She lives in the woods of North Stamford, Connecticut, with her husband, Nels, and their three growing children, Alexander, Isaac and Zachary.
egregia cum laude1998All-College Honors, Distinction in French and Humanities, Delta Epsilon Sigma
Named one of the Connecticut Law Tribune's "New Leaders in the Law" for 2013
Selected to the list of Connecticut Super Lawyers Rising Stars (Thomson Reuters), Estate Planning and Probate, 2013-2016
Domus Kids, Inc., Board Member
Day Pitney Women Working Together, Chair