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Since joining Weiss, Buell & Bell in 1989, Ms. Bell has concentrated her practice in trusts and estates matters at all levels of complexity, probate and estate administration, and is particularly recognized for her work with domestic partners and non-traditional families.
Whether developing an estate plan or working on an estate matter, Erica Bell believes in working in close collaboration with her clients to gain a deeper understanding of their unique situations, needs and goals. She has the ability to make them comfortable speaking openly about relevant but sensitive personal issues which often play a significant role in shaping the way she advises and represent each client.
Erica Bell has a depth of knowledge and experience in estate planning and probate matters, including gift and estate tax issues. Estate planning attorney Ms. Bell possesses first rate writing skills and a knack for explaining complicated legal concepts in layperson’s terms without ever talking down to clients. Ms. Bell has a reputation for scrupulous ethics, honesty and integrity. She is highly respected by her colleagues as a go to person for advice regarding estate planning and probate matters, and is proud to have earned the coveted Martindale Hubbell AV rating. With offices in New York City, estate planning attorney Erica Bell is a sought after lecturer in her field, especially (but not exclusively) with respect to cutting edge LGBT and domestic partnership issues. Erica has been extensively quoted in Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Daily News and the New York Post and has appeared on several programs on CNBC and on In the Life to discuss a variety of estate planning topics.
Among other achievements, Ms. Bell is proud to have represented the Estate of H. Kenneth Ranftle, which resulted in the first recognition of a surviving same sex spouse in a probate proceeding in New York.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2012|
|Leadership In the Legal Field in LGBT Issues||Stonewall Community Foundation||2006|
|Community Service Award for Service In The LGBT Community||Le GaL||2001|
|Estate Planning Attorney, Partner||Weiss, Buell & Bell||1989 - Present|
|Litigation Associate||Stillman, Friedman & Shaw||1986 - 1989|
|LItigation Associate||Willkie Farr & Gallagher||1984 - 1986|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Fordham Law Review Alumni Association||Member||1984 - Present|
|Association of the Bar of the City of New York||N/A||N/A|
|New York State Bar Associaion||N/A||N/A|
|New York County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|American Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|LeGaL: The LGBT Bar Association of New York||N/A||N/A|
|Matter of the Estate Of H. Kenneth Ranftle||This case resulted in the first recognition of a surviving same sex spouse in a probate proceeding in New York.|
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|Practising Law Institute||ESTATE PLANNING FOR DOMESTIC PARTNERS AND NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES||2012|
|Practising Law Institute||ESTATE PLANNING FOR DOMESTIC PARTNERS AND NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES||2009|
|Practising Law Institute||Basic Estate Planning 2001||2001|
|Practising Law Institute||Basic Estate Planning 1998||1998|
|Fordham University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|Hunter College of the City University of New York||Psychology||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1979|
|Financial Advisor Briefing||The New York Marriage Equality Act||2012|
|CLE-Annual Estate Planning Institute||Estate Planning For Domestic Partners, Same Sex Spouses and Non Traditional Families||2012|
|Career Panel||Private Practice in the Public Interest||2012|
|Panel Discussion||Marriage Equality Act||2011|
|Panel Discussion||Ins and Outs of Our Marriages||2011|
|Family Law Class||Marriage Equality||2011|
|CLE-Annual Estate Planning Institute||Estate Planning For Domestic Partners, Same Sex Spouses and Non Traditional Families||2011|
|CLE Program||Impact of Marriage Equality In New York||2011|
|CLE Panel||The New York Marriage Equality Act||2011|
|Attorney Briefing||New York's New Marriage Equality Act||2011|
|CLE-NY Estate, Tax and Financial Planning Conference||Estate Planning For Domestic Partners, Same Sex Spouses and Non Traditional Families||2005|
|CLE Panel||Basic Estate Planning for Domestic Partners and Non Traditional Families||2004|