Orleans County Estate Planning Lawyers

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Orleans County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 38 years experience
(585) 638-6331 PO BOX 200
HOLLEY, NY 14470
Estate Planning, Municipal and Real Estate
Albany Law School Union U and Albany Law School
Orleans County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 46 years experience
(585) 798-2250 343 N Main St
Medina, NY 14103
Estate Planning, Municipal and Real Estate
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Orleans County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
(716) 638-6331 PO BOX 200
HOLLEY, NY 14470
Estate Planning, Municipal and Real Estate
The University of Toledo College of Law
Orleans County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(315) 219-6589 PO BOX 27
MEDINA, NY 14103
Estate Planning, Divorce, Family and Real Estate
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
Orleans County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 56 years experience
(585) 798-1000 11087 FURNESS PKWY
MEDINA, NY 14103
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Kristie L. DeFreze
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Genesee County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(585) 344-1994 18 Ellicott Street
Batavia, NY 14020
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Genesee County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 65 years experience
(585) 343-1486 BATAVIA, NY 14021
Estate Planning, Criminal, DWI and Personal Injury
Cornell Law School
J. Michael Kelleher
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 49 years experience
(716) 636-7600 43 Central Ave.
Lancaster, NY 14086
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
University of Notre Dame
J. Michael Kelleher graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in 1967, and received his legal education at the University Of Notre Dame, graduating in 1970. Mr. Kelleher was Town Justice for the Town of Lancaster from 1975 to 2014 and is Senior Counsel at HoganWillig since joining the firm in 2011.

Mr. Kelleher has focused his practice in commercial and residential real estate as well probate, estate planning, and corporate law since 1970. He is a member of the Real Estate and Estate Practice and Procedure Committees of the Erie County Bar Association.

Mr. Kelleher has lectured extensively...
Paul Michael Pochepan
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(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Niagara County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 31 years experience
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Elder and Social Security Disability
Syracuse University College of Law
With nearly three decades of experience practicing Bankruptcy law and Social Security law in Buffalo, Paul Pochepan is able to help consumers facing financial hardships and disabled individuals and their dependents. He has helped many Western New York consumers navigate the bankruptcy system under chapter 7 or chapter 13. He also helps Buffalo-area residents apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or appeal Social Security Administration decisions denying, reducing or revoking benefits. He has accumulated a wealth of knowledge regarding the multiple medical impairments afflicting disability claimants and dealing with the medical profession to secure the...
Jessica M. Peraza
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 5 years experience
(716) 853-5100 50 Fountain Plaza
Suite 1700
Buffalo, NY 14202
Estate Planning, Elder and Employment
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Jessica Peraza is an associate attorney working with the firm’s estate and elder law department. She focuses her practice on Estate Planning and Administration, Medicaid and Long-term Care Planning, and Wealth Management. As a law student, she interned for the Hon. Barbara Howe in Erie County Surrogate’s Court and worked in the Public Benefits Unit of Neighborhood Legal Services. Her previous experience includes residential foreclosures, public and private sector labor law, contract negotiations, probate matters, third party credit collections, and representation of clients in administrative hearings and arbitrations.

Ms. Peraza attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where she...
Danielle DeJoseph
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(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Niagara County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 2 years experience
Estate Planning, Divorce, Elder and Family
SUNY Buffalo Law School
Danielle DeJoseph is an Associate Attorney practicing primarily in the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law and Estate Planning & Administration Practice Groups.

Ms. DeJoseph graduated summa cum laude from Buffalo State College in 2013 with a major in English Literature. She received her legal education at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where she graduated with a J.D. in 2017. As a law student, Danielle worked for nearly three years as a law clerk in FELA litigation. Danielle also interned with the New York State Attorney General’s Office in the Organized Crime Task Force.

Ms. DeJoseph is admitted...
Jeffrey J. Tyrpak
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(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Niagara County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 6 years experience
Estate Planning, Employment, Health Care and Real Estate
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Jeffrey Tyrpak, an Amherst native, attended Fordham University and obtained his BA in International Political Economy in 2010. In 2013, he earned his JD at UB Law School with a concentration in Finance Transactions.

He started practicing law at a small firm in New York City before returning home and joining our team in December of 2016. While working in New York City, Mr. Tyrpak handled litigation in federal court regarding collective bargaining agreements and ERISA for employee benefit funds. He also worked on government compliance matters under the Affordable Care Act and ERISA.

Currently, Mr. Tyrpak resides in HoganWillig's Real Estate...
Brooke Barron
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Niagara County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 1 year experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Road
Lockport, NY 14094
Estate Planning, Elder, Family and Probate
American University- Washington College of Law
Brooke Barron is an Associate Attorney in the firm’s Matrimonial & Family Law and Estate Planning & Administration Practice Groups.

Ms. Barron obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from SUNY Geneseo, and received her Juris Doctor in 2018 from American University- Washington College of Law.

While in law school, Ms. Barron was an Alternative Dispute Resolution Competition winner. Additionally, Ms. Barron was a law clerk for Commissioner Feldblum at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in Washington, D.C. and a student attorney for American University- Washington College of Law’s Civil Advocacy Clinic. Ms. Barron had also previously been employed at HoganWillig as...
Diane Tiveron
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(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Niagara County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 29 years experience
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Elder
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Diane Tiveron is the Managing Partner and Chairperson of the Corporate & Business Law Department at HoganWillig PLLC. With over 29 years of legal experience and a educational background in economics and business administration, Ms. Tiveron assists clients with business formations (sole proprietorship, partnership, corporations, and limited liability companies), acquisitions, sales or dissolutions, as well as the preparation of any commercial document/contract, ranging from an employment agreement to a lease. She counsels non-for-profit organizations on nonprofit law and governance, obtaining and maintaining tax-exempt status and 501(c) classifications.
Ms. Tiveron also advises individuals and businesses with bankruptcy issues (Chapter 7...
Christine F Redfield Welch
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Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(585) 899-1404 400 Linden Oaks
Suite 110
Rochester, NY 14625
Estate Planning, Elder and Family
Syracuse University College of Law
As a Senior Associate at Tully Rinckey, PLLC, Christine is part of the Family and Matrimonial Law group, where she focuses on divorce and child custody cases. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in family and matrimonial matters, working as both a private practitioner and public defender. She is also a member of the Tully Rinckey Trust and Estates group, representing persons with a wide variety of estate planning and directives.

Before joining Tully Rinckey, Christine spent 10 years as a Court Attorney and Referee to the Hon. Patricia Gallaher, acting state Supreme Court Justice and Family Court Judge...
Stephen Silverstein
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 39 years experience
(716) 636-7600 2410 N. Forest Road
Amherst, NY 14068
Estate Planning and Elder
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
Stephen R. Silverstein concentrates his practice in the areas of estate and disability planning, estate administration, guardianships and elder law.

He is a graduate of the University of Rochester and the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He is a former bank trust officer, where he worked on administration of estates, trusts and employee benefit plans.

Mr. Silverstein is a member of the Bar Association of Erie County Surrogate’s Court Committee and serves as the Committee’s Recording Secretary. He is also a member of the Bar Association of Erie County Elder Law Committee and...
Jeffrey Johnstone
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Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Attorney
(585) 492-4700 400 Linden Oaks
Suite 110
Rochester, NY 14625
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Cornell University
Jeffrey M. Johnstone is a Partner in Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Rochester office, where his practice is concentrated in estate planning, trusts, estate administration, corporations and business, not-for-profit entities, and federal and New York tax.

He is admitted to practice in New York and Florida, in addition to the U.S. Court for the Western District of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the U.S. Tax Court.

Prior to joining Tully Rinckey, Jeffrey was an equity Partner with Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch, LLP.

Upon graduating from law school, Jeffrey became associated with the Rochester, New York, firm...
George H Gray
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Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(585) 218-8620 625 Panorama Trail
Suite1240
Rochester, NY 14625
Estate Planning, Business, Elder and Tax
Albany Law School
George Gray is a partner in the law firm of Gray & Feldman LLP, where his practice concentrates in the areas of special needs planning, estate planning and administration, business and tax law. He is a member of the Monroe County and New York State Bar Associations and is active in the Tax and Trust and Estates Sections of these associations. He serves as a member of the Executive Committee of the Monroe County Estate Planning Council and is active on its Program Committee. SPECIAL NEEDS PLANNING: Through his long association with the...
Joseph Callahan
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(585) 698-1200 510 Clinton Square
# 5163
Rochester, NY 14604
Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 34 years experience
Estate Planning, Business and Tax
Syracuse University College of Law
Joe Callahan began his career as a CPA with Deloitte in Manhattan and left there to work as a tax attorney. He's been with the law firm of Mackay, Caswell & Callahan since 1992 and is admitted to practice law in New York and Connecticut, together with the U.S. District Court and U.S. Tax Court.

Mackay, Caswell & Callahan, P.C handles various IRS and New York State tax controversies including IRS Audit Strategies and Defenses, Enforced Tax Collection (Notices of Levy & Notices of Lien), Offers in Compromise, Innocent & Injured Spouse Relief, Responsible Person Assessment Defense, Tax Court, IRS...
Harry N Konst
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 19 years experience
(716) 601-1000 5511 Broadway Street
Lancaster, NY 14086
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Divorce and Real Estate
Konst Law provides real estate, divorce, personal injury, corporate and business legal services.
Mark Michael Campanella
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Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 18 years experience
(585) 377-4004 6 North Main Street
Suite 250
Fairport, NY 14450
Estate Planning, Business and Real Estate
State University of New York - Buffalo
A native Rochesterian, Mark grew up in Penfield, New York. After attending Bishop Kearney High School, Mark pursued a bachelor's degree in political science at the University of Rochester. While attending the U of R, Mark competed nationally within the University Athletic Association conference for the school's indoor and outdoor Track and Field teams, where he was named the team's field captain for his leadership. In his junior year, Mark was accepted into an accelerated 3-2 program for the school's top ranked Public Policy Analysis Program. Mark's master's thesis was a well-received study on the effects of political action committee...
Leonard Gary London
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Niagara County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 43 years experience
(716) 636-7600 770 Davison Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
Estate Planning, Business, Real Estate and Tax
Vanderbilt University Law School
In law school, Mr. London specialized in taxation and after graduation joined a large firm in Buffalo where his practice emphasized tax planning for businesses, individuals and estates. Mr. London established his own practice which over the years grew through referrals from clients, accountants and lawyers. His business clients are both small and large U.S. and Canadian companies and credit unions. "When clients have had unusual challenges I have often been able to fashion unique solutions which enabled a transaction to occur. I believe it is not sufficient for a lawyer to tell a client why something can't be done...
Margaret Graf Linsner
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Estate Planning, Divorce, Probate and Real Estate
Washington and Lee University School of Law
I am a General Practice Attorney with over 28 years of experience, representing clients in Real Estate closings, Real Estate matters, Estate proceedings (Probate, Administration, Voluntary Administration), Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning, Family Court representation (custody, visitation, child support, adoption), Divorce matters, Contract matters, Business formation, Accident and Personal Injury.
I have successfully represented clients in Livingston, Ontario, Monroe, Steuben, Genesee, Allegany and all surrounding counties.
I am a life-long resident of Livingston County and have extensive experience in all the Courts. Having represented thousands...
Darren M. Swetz
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 23 years experience
(716) 210-6575 5488 Sheridan Drive
Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14221
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
University of Akron
For over 15 years Darren Swetz has been helping individuals and business navigate a range of legal issues to help them achieve financial success, economic stability or a fresh start. At Tully Rinckey PLLC he is a Partner who represents New Yorkers with the preparation of wills, trusts and advanced directives; Medicaid planning; and real estate transactions and leases. Prior to joining Tully Rinckey PLLC, Mr. Swetz served as Managing Partner at Kelly & Swetz for more than a dozen years, where he focused his practice on wealth management and asset preservation. Before that...
Raymond H Caso Jr.
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 22 years experience
(716) 634-2497 5488 Sheridan Drive, Suite 500
Williamsville, NY 14221
Estate Planning, Elder and Real Estate
State University of New York - Buffalo
As a Senior Associate in Tully Rinckey PLLC’s Real Estate Law practice, Raymond focuses his practice on commercial and residential real estate financing transactions, commercial real estate transactions and development, title review and commitment preparation. He represents developers in subdivision acquisitions, and he represents lenders in commercial and residential mortgage transactions, as well as commercial and residential purchasers and sellers.

Raymond has extensive experience drafting residential and commercial contracts of sale, leases and mortgage documents including, but not limited to: commitment letters, promissory notes, mortgages, security agreements, assignment of rents and leases, environmental compliance and indemnity agreements, unlimited guarantees and UCC-1...
Linda Stravalaci-Grear
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 25 years experience
(716) 204-1055 455 Cayuga Road
Suite 600
Buffalo, NY 14225
Estate Planning, Elder and Probate
University of Akron School of Law
In compliance with Federal and New York State COVID-19 mandates, 100% of our staff is working REMOTELY. We remain fully accessible via email, telephone, and video conferencing. Our office hours continue to be Mon-Fri 8:30am-5:00pm.


About Me:
As the daughter of Italian immigrants, the values of hard work, education, and integrity were instilled at a young age. In two decades of practicing law, I have learned not only the mechanics of Elder Law, Estate Planning, Trusts, Probate, and Guardianships, and but also the importance of compassion and understanding in dealing with clients who are enduring emotionally difficult times. I...
Michael Timothy Dwan
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(716) 683-0300 5136 Transit Road
Suite 100
Depew, NY 14043
Estate Planning, Criminal, Real Estate and Traffic Tickets
State University of New York - Buffalo
Michael T. Dwan is principal of The Law Offices of Michael T. Dwan. Mr. Dwan handles Real Estate transactions, Estate Planning and Criminal Defense. Mr. Dwan is one of the top trial lawyers in Erie County.

Mr. Dwan is the son of longtime Judge and trial attorney Timothy J. Dwan.

Mr. Dwan received his undergraduate degree from Niagara University, and received his J.D. from the University of Buffalo Law School. He has also served as an adjunct criminal justice professor at Erie Community College and is frequently asked to be a guest lecturer at the University of Buffalo.
Thomas Hewner
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Genesee County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 40 years experience
(585) 479-3838 104 Bank St.
Batavia, NY 14020
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Business and Probate
Albany Law School
Elizabeth K. Randisi Esq.
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Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 15 years experience
(585) 248-3800 290 Linden Oaks
Suite 200
Rochester, NY 14625
Estate Planning and Elder
Villanova University School of Law
I am a trust and estates attorney practicing at a boutique firm in Rochester, New York. I help clients protect their assets and create a legacy for their children, grandchildren, and charitable causes.
Keith Edward O'toole
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Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 29 years experience
(585) 352-7300 116 Bronze Leaf Trail
Rochester, NY 14612
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Albany Law School
Established in 1992. My name is Keith O'Toole. I have 20 years of experience as an attorney with an emphasis on real estate and estate planning in the Rochester area. My real estate practice is the gateway to other areas of law in which I practice, including: Evictions, Wills, Probate, LLCs & Corporations, Criminal, Traffic and Small Business. I represent home buyers, home builders, landlords, investors, small business, developers and local governments. My business is successful because I make it less about me, and more about my clients. It's your life, your goals and your success...
Christopher J. Tyrpak
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 8 years experience
(716) 288-9175 2560 Walden Avenue, Suite 110
Cheektowaga, NY 14225
Estate Planning, Bankruptcy, Real Estate and Tax
State University of New York - Buffalo
We offer quality legal representation along with the personal attention your case deserves. Our firm focuses on areas of real estate, bankruptcy, estate planning & tax law. We understand that each client's case is unique and promise to devote our expertise and attention to getting you the results you deserve and expect.
Robert Friedman
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Genesee County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 41 years experience
(800) 729-4571 113 Main Street
Suite 3
Batavia, NY 14020
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Criminal, Personal Injury and Products Liability
Hamline University
My Law Firm Partner and I have been working with Buffalo and WNY residents for almost four decades. So we're not surprised when clients tell us that we've helped a member of their family or neighbor in the past. We have offices in: Buffalo NY Rochester NY Akron NY Williamsville NY Batavia NY West Seneca NY Niagara Falls NY And our expertise is wide - just take a look at our practice areas and how we can help you. BUFFALO AREA PERSONAL INJURY & ACCIDENTS * Highway Accident: * Industrial Accident: * Jet Ski Accident:...
Daniel C Caro
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Niagara County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 24 years experience
(716) 514-3857 7342 Paddock Ridge
Pendleton, NY 14120
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Elder and Probate
SUNY Buffalo Law School
John Edward Bernacki Jr.
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Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 28 years experience
(585) 218-9550 11 State St.
Suite 200
Pittsford, NY 14534
Estate Planning, Business, Criminal and Personal Injury
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
John has practiced law in Rochester for over 15 years and is admitted to practice in the following courts: New York State Court, U.S District Court for the Western District of New York, and United States Bankruptcy Court. He also currently serves as a justice for the Town of Pittsford, where he presides over civil matters including contract, real property, and municipal law, small claims, and criminal matters including felony preliminary hearings and misdemeanors. He is actively involved in his local community and participates in the following community activities: * Pittsford Town Board, Past Councilperson *...
Candyce Vana Ingwersen
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Niagara County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 1 year experience
(716) 523-4356 3994 Andrews Road
Ransomville, NY 14131
Offers Video ChatEstate Planning, Construction and Landlord Tenant
Creighton University School of Law
Works with families to provide Trusts and Estates Planning and counseling on landlord-tenant issues, with 20+ years of experience in contracts and business
Wesley Michael Brown
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 20 years experience
(716) 312-0015 4498 Main St., Ste. 11
Amherst, NY 14226
Estate Planning, Elder, Probate and Real Estate
Wesley M. Brown grew up in Tonawanda, New York and graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute. He attended Canisius College, Erie Community College, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Niagara University in 1994 He attended the University of Toledo College of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and received his Juris Doctor in 2000.
Rebecca M. Guerra
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(716) 636-7600 2410 N Forest Rd
Ste 301
Amherst, NY 14068
Estate Planning and Probate
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law
I currently focus my practice in HoganWillig’s Estate Planning & Elder Law department. I practice in areas of probate estates, estate planning, trusts and guardianship law. Prior to joining HoganWillig, I practiced in the areas of medical malpractice defense and workers’ compensation defense law. I received my Juris Doctor degree in 2012, Magna Cum Laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Before law school, I was an executive with a workflow software firm in Rochester, New York. Honors & Awards 2011 Niagara International Moot Court, editor and writer for 2nd place winning brief...
Peter McGrath
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Erie County, NY Estate Planning Attorney with 7 years experience
(716) 262-9023 3110 Delaware Avenue
Kenmore, NY 14216
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Business, Divorce and Family
State University of New York - Buffalo
I am the founder and principal attorney at the McGrath Law Firm located in Buffalo, New York. Prior to entering law school, I earned a B.A., Summa Cum Laude, in Psychology from Kean University. I attended law school at SUNY Buffalo School of Law. My firm is a full-service general practice firm that is equipped to handle all legal needs.
Marcus W Kroll Esq
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Monroe County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 12 years experience
(585) 271-4470 2425 Clover Street
Rochester, NY 14618
Free ConsultationEstate Planning, Elder and Probate
Trusts & Estates, including unique planning situations such as second marriages, unmarried couples, LGBT couples, and family members with special needs Elder law Guardianships Foreign estate planning and tax compliance Marcus also assists clients with personal matters such as child support enforcement, spousal maintenance enforcement and QDROs.
Steven Sessler
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Livingston County, NY Estate Planning Lawyer with 25 years experience
(585) 243-1340 131 Main Street
P.O. Box 313
Geneseo, NY 14454
Estate Planning, Agricultural, Business and Criminal
Washington and Lee University School of Law
Confidential, Competent, Legal Representation
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Estate planning arranges for the transfer of an individual's estate at the time of death. An estate consists of all property owned at death before it is distributed by will, trust, or intestacy laws. An estate may contain both real property and personal property. Estate planning allows an individual to decide exactly who will benefit from his or her estate, and to what extent. It can also reduce the taxes imposed on the transfer of assets at death.

An experienced estate planning lawyer can help minimize the amount of the estate surrendered to taxes as well as ensure that the management and distribution of the estate is carried out according to your plans. Particularly when your plans are complex and/or you have substantial property or assets, it is important to have an attorney who can ensure that your plan functions the way you intend. Depending on the complexity of your individual situation, your estate planning team may include attorneys, financial planners, bankers and insurance professionals. Some states certify attorneys as estate planning specialists, which means they have met certain requirements for experience, education, and testing in that field.


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