Attorney at Law
8-12 Dietz St., Suite 204, Oneonta, NY 13820
"I began working as a legal secretary in 1997 and started working for Thomas Hegeman as his office manager/paralegal in 2004. My duties include answering the phone, taking dictation, managing files, greeting clients, bookkeeping, and preparing legal documents. I am unable to give legal advice, but can answer some procedural questions.
Before I became a legal secretary, I worked my way through college at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, earning a BA in Clinical Psychology in 1993. After college I continued to work at Price Chopper and attended graduate school at SUNY Oneonta part-time. After doing this for a few years, I decided I needed to change career paths so that I could enter the workforce sooner. I began attending Kaplan College via correspondence in 1997 and received my Specialized Paralegal Associate’s Degree in 1999. I have certificates in civil litigation and legal research.
My favorite areas of law are criminal law and probating estates. My favorite part of the job is that we get to right serious wrongs and change a client’s life for the better. I like it when they fulfill the dream of improving their lives and it feels good to help them succeed.
My areas of interest are singing and needle crafts. Due to having two nephews and a niece with bowel diseases I am a member of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. My late mother-in-law had Huntington’s disease, a genetic neurological disease, so I also spend a great deal of time supporting the Huntington’s Disease Society Association as they work to find a cure.
I volunteer for St. Mary's Holy Sews in Oneonta, New York. Holy Sews is a lay ministry that assists families that have suffered a miscarriage during the second trimester (16-22 weeks) of pregnancy by making baby layettes. More information can be found at www.holysews.org. I also volunteer for Faxton-St. Luke's Hospital in New Hartford, New York. I make burial wraps for babies miscarried from 12-16 weeks and preemie burial sets for babies born during the third trimester (23-37 weeks)."
Office Manager and Paralegal Annmarie Lindley keeps the office running. She does much of the work on probating wills, making sure that deadlines are met, documents are prepared properly, and that clients are kept informed about their cases.