Welcome....I'd like to take a few moments to introduce myself. My name is Bob... more
Welcome....I'd like to take a few moments to introduce myself. My name is Bob Friedman. Attorney Mike Ranzenhofer and I are the managing partners of the Buffalo NY area law firm of Friedman Ranzenhofer, P.C. Mike and I have been helping WNY and Buffalo area residents since 1955 when my Dad started this law firm. So there's a very good chance that we've had the chance to help one of your fri... view profile
Philip L. Burke is a partner in the firm's Family Wealth and Estate Planning... more
Philip L. Burke is a partner in the firm's Family Wealth and Estate Planning Department. He concentrates his practice in estate planning, charitable giving, estate administration, probate, estate tax law and long term care planning. He works closely with clients and their advisors to develop appropriate estate plans for them and their families, including drafting of Last Wills and Testaments, R... view profile
After undergraduate school, Tara began working as an estate planning paralegal in... more
After undergraduate school, Tara began working as an estate planning paralegal in Albany. She quickly realized that she enjoyed the connection with families that position provided her and wanted to develop further those skill sets. She graduated from Albany Law School in 2002 with honors in the estate planning concentration and was fortunate to begin her legal career already with six years of ... view profile
Probate is the legal process used to carry out a person's will after their death; a probate attorney advises you on how to perform the steps in the process. In general, once you have identified and collected the dead person's belongings, including their money, property, and other assets, you pay the person's debts and taxes. Once all debts have been paid, you distribute their money and property according to the language of the will. If there is no will, the laws of the state where the dead person lived control how the property is distributed. A probate attorney helps you plan what happens to your property when you die, as they can probate wills and act as your probate court estate representative. A probate attorney also represents family members and beneficiaries wishing to challenge wills.