At Bouvier Law, our estate planning lawyers take an innovative, interdisciplinary approach to estate and business succession plans for our Buffalo area clients. We understand that every client, and every family, presents a unique set of personal and financial circumstances. As a result, our estate planning lawyers can carefully tailor a customized plan that addresses your business and personal needs in a way that minimizes tax burdens – and maximizes the benefits to your heirs.
Our estate planning lawyers provide a full range of services, including:
- Preparation of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, healthcare proxies and other estate planning documents
- Advisement on succession issues in closely held businesses
- Draft marital agreements and other property settlements
- Develop and implement plans for charitable giving
We also represent clients in all phases of the probate process, including:
- Administration of decedent’s estates
- Administration of guardianships and conservatorship for incompetence by reason of age, physical, or mental disability
- Representation of individuals in Determination of Competency hearings
- Participation in charitable or family trusts as trustees or advisors to ensure the wishes of the settlers are carried out
Wills & Trusts
If you die without a will, the State will automatically take control the distribution of your estate. It’s therefore critically important to plan in advance by creating a will to avoid what could become contentious fights regarding inheritances, custody, or estate tax burdens.
Trusts can also be utilized to manage property while you are still living and ensure a managed transition at the time of your death, through a living or charitable trust.
At Bouvier Law, our attorneys can prepare a trust or a will tailored specifically to your individual needs. When you work with our wills and trusts lawyers, you’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing your wishes will be carried out. Please call us to learn learn more about how we can help.
Taking the extra steps to be prepared in case of emergency is something we should all spend time doing. This goes without saying when it comes to our health care.
A health care proxy, also known as “living wills,” “medical directives,” or “advance health care directives” provides a legal representative to make decisions on your care on your behalf. It is a legal and binding document to ensure that your wishes are followed in the case that you are unable to communicate how your care should be administered, and who can make the decisions on your behalf.
The Health Care Proxy lawyers at Bouvier Law fully understand health care proxy in New York State and will work with you to ensure the right people will make the right decisions on your behalf and that your wishes are carried through. Please call us to learn more.
Power of Attorney
When it comes to the legal and financial implications of Estate Planning, it’s a smart idea to select a trusted individual to provide Power of Attorney. This person will be able to act on your behalf regarding financial and legal matters in the case that you are unable to do so while still living or upon your death. At Bouvier Law, our estate planning attorneys can help you manage the process and ensure that your matters of business are in place, so call us for a free consultation.