Rachel Wadsworth is an attorney in the firm’s Trust and Estates practice areas.
Rachel knows that the issues facing clients in estate planning require compassion, understanding, and attention to detail. Through a variety of internships, Rachel gained the skills needed to address a client’s unique needs in the trusts and estates field. As an associate in the firm’s Trust and Estate practice group, Rachel has development experience in drafting of both wills and trusts for clients.
Rachel graduated from Albany Law School cum laude in 2021. While in law school, Rachel was a member of the Albany Government Law Review and served as the Managing Editor for Submissions of the journal during her third year. Additionally, she worked as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Deborah Mann’s Introduction to Lawyering class. She helped students develop their skills in legal research and writing over the course of their first year of law school by aiding with citations and teaching the students how to navigate the legal library.
Rachel interned with a variety of offices including the Federal Public Defenders of Northern New York and Legal Assistance of Western New York’s Pro Se Divorce Clinic during law school. It was at these jobs where she developed her passion for helping clients with their legal issues. Her time with the Pro Se Divorce Clinic was especially impactful. There she conducted client intake interviews and helped organize and complete the forms necessary to file for divorce. She also interned with the Honorable Stacy Pettit in Albany County Surrogate’s Court during her third year of law school where she received first-hand experience with the Surrogate Court system. While interning with the Court, Rachel was able to observe estate administration proceedings and attorney conferences. She also conducted research and prepared weekly memoranda for the Surrogate’s use during court.
Rachel graduated from University of Rochester in 2017 with a degree in Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures. While at Rochester, she played on the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse Team from 2013-2016. She was also a member of the Undergraduate History Council. Rachel grew up just south of Syracuse on Onondaga Hill, and now resides in downtown Syracuse. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends and family, reading, baking, playing video games, and canoeing on Otisco Lake.
J.D., Albany Law School, cum laude, 2021
B.A., University of Rochester, 2017