Cona Elder Law


Cheryl L. Katz-Erato, Esq.

Senior Associate

Cheryl L. Katz-Erato is a Senior Associate at Cona Elder Law. Ms. Katz-Erato’s practice is devoted exclusively in the area of trusts and estates, which includes trusts and estates litigation, estate and asset protection planning, and probate and estate administration.

As a trusts and estates litigator, Ms. Katz-Erato handles contested probate proceedings, removal proceedings, fiduciary accounting proceedings, discovery proceedings, and other litigation related to trusts and estates. As an estate planner and administration attorney, Ms. Katz-Erato handles the preparation of estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, powers of attorney, health care proxies and living wills, and is responsible for the preparation and filing of Surrogate’s Court petitions and applications, including petitions for probate or administration. Ms. Katz-Erato also assists clients with the day-to-day administration of estates, including the collection of assets, the preparation of estate tax returns, distribution of assets and the preparation of accountings, both informal and judicial.

Ms. Katz-Erato is certified to serve on the New York State Part 36 fiduciary list as a court-appointed guardian ad litem to represent individuals who cannot appear in the Surrogate’s Court to protect their own rights and interests.

Ms. Katz-Erato is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Awards and Honors

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Pro Bono Service Bronze Award

Professional Organizations

  • Nassau County Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
    • Vice-Chair, NYSBA's Surrogate's Court Committee
    • Member, NYSBA's Trusts and Estates Section
    • Member, NYSBA's Trust and Estate's COVID-19 Special Task Force
    • Member, NYSBA's Digital/Remote Wills and Notarizations Special Task Force
Nassau Country Bar Association


  • Juris Doctor, Hofstra University Maurice A. Deane School of Law
  • Bachelor of Arts, Stony Brook University, magna cum laude
Hofstra Law


  • Former Vice President, Hofstra Elder Law Society
  • Former Member, Hofstra Trial Advocacy Association (Mock Trial)


  • NYSBA: Gifting & Litigation: Playing Offense and Defense
  • NYSBA: Co-Chair of the Probate/Administration CLE Program
  • Brooklyn Bar Association: E-Filing CLE for Surrogate's Court Attorneys
  • NYCLA: E-Filing Discussion and Tutorial for Surrogate's Court Attorneys
  • NYSBA: Probate & Administration of Estates CLE Program