Estate Planning, Administration and Litigation
Too often people put off preparing wills and health care proxies, believing there is always more time and often leaving family members to deal with unwanted results arising from a failure to plan for the inevitable. Our estate planning attorneys have extensive experience helping people plan for their future. Most often our clients’ needs are satisfied with a simple will and related health directives. However, we can address virtually any estate planning needs and, if needed, have the experience necessary to handle probate and administration proceedings. Our experience covers wills, trusts, health care proxies, living wills and guardianships.
We will help you assess the tax consequences of your desired estate plan and suggest to you devices which can be used to lessen your estate tax exposure. Life Insurance Trusts, Lead Trusts, Charitable Remainder Trusts, Life Estates and a variety of grantor trusts, whether lifetime or testamentary, can be drawn to assist you in your estate planning.
When selecting an attorney to handle the probate of a will or to handle an estate administration, make certain you address in advance how you are going to be billed for this service. Our fee for probate administration matters is always quoted on an hourly basis; we never charge a percentage of the estate assets in determining our fee for services.
In the event that estate matters go awry, it’s reassuring to know your attorneys are experienced in estate litigation. Susan Bartkowski and Jim Towne have tried more than a dozen area estate litigation cases, giving the firm a unique perspective on the invariably complex issues associated with estate litigation. In addition, Jim Towne was successful lead counsel in one of upstate New York’s largest and most contentious estate litigation cases.