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Erica Bell

Erica Bell

Practice areas:

Probate, Estate Planning, Trusts, Wills & Living Wills

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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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Licensed since 1984

  1. Probate: 40%
    25 years
  2. Estate Planning: 30%
    25 years
  3. Wills & Living Wills: 15%
    25 years
  4. Trusts: 15%
    25 years

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Contact Info

11 Park Pl Ste 606
New York, NY, 10007-2848

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198403/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Leadership In the Legal Field in LGBT IssuesStonewall Community Foundation2006
Community Service Award for Service In The LGBT CommunityLe GaL2001

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Estate Planning Attorney, PartnerWeiss, Buell & Bell1989 - Present
Litigation AssociateStillman, Friedman & Shaw1986 - 1989
LItigation AssociateWillkie Farr & Gallagher1984 - 1986

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Fordham Law Review Alumni AssociationMember1984 - Present
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkN/AN/A
New York State Bar AssociaionN/AN/A
New York County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
LeGaL: The LGBT Bar Association of New YorkN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Matter of the Estate Of H. Kenneth RanftleThis case resulted in the first recognition of a surviving same sex spouse in a probate proceeding in New York.

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Practising Law InstituteESTATE PLANNING FOR DOMESTIC PARTNERS AND NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES2012
Practising Law InstituteESTATE PLANNING FOR DOMESTIC PARTNERS AND NON-TRADITIONAL FAMILIES2009
Practising Law InstituteBasic Estate Planning 20012001
Practising Law InstituteBasic Estate Planning 19981998

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
Hunter College of the City University of New YorkPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1979

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Financial Advisor BriefingThe New York Marriage Equality Act2012
CLE-Annual Estate Planning InstituteEstate Planning For Domestic Partners, Same Sex Spouses and Non Traditional Families2012
Career PanelPrivate Practice in the Public Interest2012
Panel DiscussionMarriage Equality Act2011
Panel DiscussionIns and Outs of Our Marriages2011
Family Law ClassMarriage Equality2011
CLE-Annual Estate Planning InstituteEstate Planning For Domestic Partners, Same Sex Spouses and Non Traditional Families2011
CLE ProgramImpact of Marriage Equality In New York2011
CLE PanelThe New York Marriage Equality Act2011
Attorney BriefingNew York's New Marriage Equality Act2011
CLE-NY Estate, Tax and Financial Planning ConferenceEstate Planning For Domestic Partners, Same Sex Spouses and Non Traditional Families2005
CLE PanelBasic Estate Planning for Domestic Partners and Non Traditional Families2004