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Trustworthy Advice For Estate Planning And Probate

Regardless of the size of your estate, it can be an intensely personal process when it comes to deciding how you want to pass along the property and assets you have worked so hard to accumulate over your lifetime. How well you document your decisions in this area can have a dramatic impact on whether they will be honored if a conflict between your heirs ends up in court.

I am Robert P. Merino, Attorney, and clients of my law office benefit from my 40 years as a Judge, a prosecutor and an attorney in private practice. My experience representing clients in real estate transactions enables me to discuss how to safely transfer property between generations. I emphasize the benefits of thorough planning in terms of having the final say in the distribution of your estate.

Designing Legal Strategies That Protect Your Family’s Peace Of Mind

Estate planning is not a one-time event. After your initial estate plans are drawn up, they need to be kept current to ensure they still reflect your wishes. I can help you with:

  • Drafting a last will and testament that will withstand legal scrutiny
  • Establishing a trust to transfer property more easily between generations
  • Setting up special-needs trusts for children or other relatives with ongoing care needs
  • Understanding how accounts with designated beneficiaries fit in a comprehensive estate plan

Your Advocate During The Probate Process

If you have been named the representative for a loved one’s estate after their death, my firm can help you carry out the tasks that New York requires of estate administrators. If there is a legal conflict between heirs or a challenge to your handling of the estate, I can provide aggressive probate litigation representation. With an experienced probate attorney at your side, you can focus on the emotional aspects of losing your loved one, and I will shoulder the responsibility of ensuring the estate is probated properly.

Be Proactive — Make An Estate Planning Appointment Today

I work with clients in Niagara Falls and the surrounding area. For a free introductory appointment, call my office at 716-622-6284 or use my online email contact form.