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
Linda Stravalaci Grear is Chair of HoganWillig's Estate Planning Elder Law... more
Linda Stravalaci Grear is Chair of HoganWillig's Estate Planning Elder Law Department. She practices in areas of probate estates, estate planning, trusts, and guardianship law. Mrs. Grear has practiced in the field of Elder Law, Estates, Estate Planning Trusts since 1995. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1991, she t... view profile
J. Michael Kelleher (Mike) graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with... more
J. Michael Kelleher (Mike) graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University with a B.A. in 1967, and received his legal education at the University Of Notre Dame, graduating in 1970. Mr. Kelleher has been Town Justice for the Town of Lancaster since 1975 and is Senior Counsel at HoganWillig since joining the firm in 2011. Mr. Kelleher has focused his practice in commercial and residen... 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.