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      Buffalo Estate Planning Attorneys

      Protect your loved ones.  Safeguard your family and secure your assets. Find your peace of mind.

      Buffalo Estate Planning Attorneys

      Protect your loved ones.  Safeguard your family and secure your assets. Find your peace of mind.


      Most Buffalo residents need estate planning for the management and preservation of your assets. Estate planning can reduce or eliminate estate and gift taxes as well as eliminate probate and estate administration expenses.  It is extremely important to have a team of Buffalo estate planning attorneys working with you.


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        Mr. Ranzenhofer and his attorneys were great! My case was handled quickly and I got a great result – $300,000. I fell at my doctor’s office, so I knew it was a hard case. Mr. Ranzenhofer developed a strategy that got me a great result. I highly recommend Mr. Ranzenhofer and his team of attorneys.

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        We were treated in a respectful, professional and helpful manner while preparing our wills, healthcare proxies and power of attorney. Mr. Friedman took as much time as we needed to answer all of our questions and concerns. His staff was friendly and efficient. We highly recommend him.

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        Since 1955, the experienced Buffalo estate planning attorneys at Friedman & Ranzenhofer, PC has been dedicated to providing our Buffalo clients with quality estate planning services, such as drafting living trustswillspowers of attorneyhealthcare proxies, charitable planning documents, and more.  Pet owners, divorced people, same sex couples and unmarried couples also have special estate planning needs.

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        4 Easy Steps to Prepare Your Will Without Leaving Your Home or Car

        For your safety, we are offering remote or drive-up no-contact document signing during the COVID-19 crisis. We are available by phone or email at any time to answer your questions. These are the easy steps to have your will, power of attorney and health care proxy/living will prepared:

        Fill Out the Form

        Complete the Will Information Sheet (“WIS”) or call 716-542-5444 and request that the WIS be mailed to you.

        Return the Form

        Return the WIS to us either electronically via online form, by scanned email, fax 716-542-4090 or by mail to POB 31, Akron, NY 14001.

        Schedule an Appointment

        When we receive your WIS, we will call you or email you to schedule an initial telephone conference.

        Get Your Will

        During the telephone conference, we will advise you when the  documents will be mailed to you and the total fees which can be paid by check or any credit card at WNY-Lawyers.com.

        Remote signing by Facetime, Skype, or other teleconferencing service.

        A. You must affirmatively represent that you are physically situated in the State of New York.

        B. You must transmit by fax or electronic means a legible copy of the signed document directly to us on the same date you signed it.

        C. Mail the signed documents to our Akron office within seven days.

        D. We will mail a copy of your will and the original notarized power of attorney and health care proxy to you

        Remote no-contact signing in your car if you do not have access to Skype, Facetime, or other teleconferencing service:

        A. Drive to one of our offices at the appointment time and stay in your car.
        For an additional charge, we can drive to your home.

        B. Call our cell phone number and we will drive or walk up alongside your car.

        C. We will speak via cell phones and observe the signing through the car windows.

        D. Deposit the documents in our mailbox.

        E. We will mail a copy of your will and the original notarized power if attorney and health care proxy to you.

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        Most Buffalo residents need estate planning for the management and preservation of your assets. Estate planning can reduce or eliminate estate and gift taxes as well as eliminate probate and estate administration expenses.  It is extremely important to have a team of Buffalo estate planning attorneys working with you.

        Estate planning is not just for the old and wealthy. Even young, single people should start legal, financial and medical planning for death or disability.

        Estate Planning Checklist

        You should discuss the following estate planning checklist with your attorney:

        1. Durable Powers of Attorney. By signing a power of attorney, you can authorize another person to act on your behalf to perform any number of specified onto such as: real estate transactions, banking, operation of a business, insurance or lawsuits. There are two types of durable powers of attorney:
        • An “immediate power of attorney” which is not affected by your subsequent disability or incapacity; and
        • A “springing power of attorney” which does not go into effect until you become disabled or incapacitated.

        2. Trusts are an agreement under which a person or institution (trustee) holds legal title to real or personal property for the benefit of another (beneficiary). The person who creates the trust is known as the grantor.

        The trust agreement sets forth the rights and responsibilities of all parties involved. Living trusts, also known as inter vivos trusts, have numerous advantages including proper management of assets; avoidance of probate; eliminating the need for guardianships, life estates or joint ownership; and assuring privacy.

        3. The Living Will is a declaration which instructs your family and your doctor about life-prolonging medical procedures when your condition is terminal and there is no chance of recovery. Under constitutional and common law, you have the right to refuse medical treatment. A living will gives you the opportunity to express your wishes in advance, since you may not be able to make them known when it becomes necessary to do so. Life prolonging procedures include hooking you up to a machine when you cannot breathe on your own, performing operations or prescribing antibiotics that cannot realistically increase your chance of recovery, starting your heart mechanically when it has stopped beating or feeding you by tube.

        4. Health Care Proxies recognize your right to appoint a health care agent that you trust to decide about medical treatment in the event that you become unable to decide personally. Unless you specify otherwise, the agent will have the same authority that you would decide about treatment. The authority encompasses the right to forego treatment or to consent for needed treatment. The agent’s authority begins only when a physician determines that you have lost the capacity to decide about treatment.

        5. Wills. By executing a will, you may dispose of property at your death in the proportions and to the persons you wish, appoint competent and trustworthy executors, trustees and children’s guardians and create testamentary trusts.

        6. Life Estates should be explored.

        7. Joint Ownership should also be considered.

        8. Gifts can also be a significant element of one’s estate-planning strategy.

        As part of the estate planning process, many subjects must be considered, including:

        • The objectives of estate planning
        • Legal documents typically used to accomplish these objectives, especially a will, health care proxy and a durable power of attorney
        • The effect of beneficiary designations and joint ownership of assets on the disposition of assets at death
        • Gift & Estate taxes
        • Use of a living trust; and
        • Long Term Care Planning.

        20 Most Common Estate & Medicaid Planning Mistakes

        Mistakes 1 - 5

        1. Believing that you are too young to need a health care proxy.The two famous right-to-die cases involved women in their 20s. At only 21, Karen Quinlan lapsed into a persistent vegetative state after consuming diazepam, dextropropoxyphene, and alcohol at a party. Terri Schiavo was only 26 when she went into a coma when her heart stopping temporarily which cut off oxygen to her brain.

        2. Believing that you are too young to need a power of attorney

        3. Believing that you are too poor to need a will.

        4. Not updating your will, power of attorney, healthcare proxy
        and life insurance after divorce.

        5. Buying real estate with a domestic partner or child without a co-tenancy agreement.

        Mistakes 6-10

        6. Selling your home in which you have a life estate.

        7. Appointing the wrong person as your power of attorneyexecutorchildren’s guardian, or trustee.

        8. Owning a business w/o limited liability company or corporation for business succession and asset preservation.

        9. Not pre-planning your funeral.

        10. Not signing a prenuptial and using a living trust for a second marriage.

        Mistakes 11-15

        11. Not providing for your pets with testamentary trusts.

        12. Opening a joint bank account to avoid probate.

        13. Not having gift-giving authority in your power of attorney.

        14. Not taking advantage of the Medicaid exemptions

        15. Not funding your living trust.

        Mistakes 16-20

        16. Preparing wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, living trusts and living wills and Medicaid applications yourself without an elder law or estate planning attorney.

        17. Not utilizing life insurance correctly: not having enough coverage, not updating beneficiaries, not using life insurance trusts; not realizing that it is subject to estate; and not realizing that it is not governed by provisions in your will.

        18. Leaving everything to your spouse.

        19. Not making gifts to avoid estate tax and Medicaid.

        20. Not safekeeping your will, power of attorney, living will health care proxy and living trust documents where they are accessible.

        Dedicated Buffalo Estate Planning Attorneys Helping WNY Residents

        An estate plan is a “plan” on how to dispose of property owned at death by using certain documents setting forth your wishes as to the distribution of non-jointly owned property after death; assets held jointly with another with the right of survivorship; life insurance and pensions.

        An estate plan may be decided by New York State if you die owning assets in your individual name and have not made a plan. This is known as dying intestate (without a will), and New York State’s laws of intestacy, as well as the tax laws, determine how the assets will be distributed.

        Part of an estate plan is the appointment of decision makers such as:

        • An agent to “stand in your shoes” and make decisions for you under a power of attorney for property or a health care proxy, prior to your death when you are no longer able to make your own decisions;
        • An executor to carry out your estate distribution plan under your will, and possibly;
        • A trustee to administer a trust formed while you were living (an inter vivos trust) or a trust set up by your will (a testamentary trust).

        The appointment of a decision maker may be one of the most important decisions you make in forming your estate plan. The persons that you appoint will have broad powers to act for you. It is essential that you appoint honest, reliable persons who will act in your best interests. Your decision maker should be able to serve as your advocate and be to work with professionals such as physicians, attorneys, and bankers.

        Our Buffalo estate planning attorneys are committed to providing our clients with the highest level of representation to meet each client’s specific needs.We strive to provide clients with the most effective and efficient results in the most contentious situations. In addition, we are well-versed in all types of dispute resolution methods, including mediation and arbitration.

        Contact Our Dedicated Buffalo Estate Planning Attorneys

        The goal of estate planning is to ensure that your assets are transferred to your loved-ones with the least amount of legal fees, taxes, and court costs as possible. Our Buffalo estate planning attorneys know how to make this happen.  If you or a loved one needs to start planning their estate, contact our experienced elder law attorneys today.

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