Buffalo Estate Planning Attorneys
Experienced Estate Planning Lawyers Providing the Highest Level of Elder Law Representation Throughout Western New York
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.
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 trusts, wills, powers of attorney, healthcare proxies, charitable planning documents, and more. Pet owners, divorced people, same sex couples and unmarried couples also have special estate planning needs.
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.
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.
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.