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Shirley M. Diefenbach

Shirley M. Diefenbach

Member - Estate Planning & Elder Law

Shirley M. Diefenbach began her law practice in New York, where she was an associate of a nationally recognized Elder Law and Estate Planning law firm. Through her years of practice, she has had the opportunity to help hundreds of families with their estate planning and trust and estate administration needs.
Shirley earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, and her law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City. While in law school, Shirley was the Internet Editor of the Arts & Entertainment Law Journal and a member of the Tax Clinic. In that capacity, she represented low-income taxpayers in audits, administrative appeals, offers in compromise, and other tax collection matters.
Shirley is admitted to practice law in New York and North Carolina. She is also accredited by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs to represent clients before the Agency.
Shirley is a board member of the Elder & Special Needs Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and a member of the Durham-Orange Estate Planning Counsel, the Durham County Bar Association, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).
Shirley has been married to her husband, Scott since 1999. She has two sons, Nathan and Gavin. She enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.


  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Juris Doctor
  • University of Maryland, Bachelor of Science


  • New York
  • North Carolina


  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Durham-Orange Estate Planning Council
  • North Carolina Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Accredited with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs



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