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Christina Watson Meier

Estate planning Attorney at Latham, NY

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Meier Law Firm, PLLC

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  • Licensed for 19 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2005
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found

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About Christina

Learn Christina’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    35%
    Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Living Wills, Planning for aging in place, assisted living and nursing home.

    19 years

  2. Probate
    30%
    Probate of Will post death (testate), or Administration of an estate without a Will (intestate).

    19 years

  3. Guardianship
    10%
    Guardianship of the person and property of an incapacitated adult under Article 81 of the Mental Hygiene Law and Guardianship of the person and or property of a intellectually or developmentally disabled person Article 17-A of the SCPA.

    19 years

  4. Wills and living wills
    10%
    Wills drafted to distribute assets post death, naming an executor, trustee if desired, guardian for minor children. Also may include trust language for minors or persons with special needs. Living Wills to address end of life care.

    19 years

  5. Trusts
    6%
    Revocable and Irrevocable, Intervivos and Testamentary. Planning with Trusts for probate avoidance, long term care planning, creditor protection, minors or incapacitated persons. Administration of trusts during life and post death.

    19 years

  6. Elder law
    5%
    Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy, Living Wills, Planning for Long Term Care. Estate Probate and Administration Trust Administration A comprehensive and well-crafted estate plan gives you peace of mind, control over your assets and helps to protect your current and future needs. At the Meier Law Firm, we don't believe in a one-size fits all approach. Rather, we tailor a plan to suit the particular needs of our client and his or her family.

    19 years

  7. Real estate
    4%
    Purchase and Sale of Residential and Commercial property, Title Insurance, Title Problem Resolution. At the Meier Law Firm, it’s not just business, it is personal. The team at the Meier Law Firm strive to provide each client with knowledgeable and personalized service. We believe that to be an effective advocate, you must be actively engaged with your client and understand their objective and goals. We take a pragmatic approach to problem-solving.

    19 years

IT’S NOT JUST BUSINESS; IT IS PERSONAL.

Christina Watson Meier takes a pragmatic approach to problem solving and strives to make the legal process as stress-free as possible. Christina believes that to be an effective advocate, you must be actively engaged with your client and understand their objectives and goals. This requires trust between client and attorney and building trust takes time. Devoting enough time with clients to build trust is one of the reasons why Christina founded her firm.

 

Being happy at work is the second reason why Christina founded her firm. Christina has created a supportive work environment for the team; an environment where everyone feels safe, valued for their contributions, empowered to be autonomous, and encouraged to pursue their interests, and, most of all, a place to find their happiness.

 

Christina received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and her Juris Doctorate from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. Christina is licensed to practice in all New York State Courts as well as the United States District Court of the Northern District of New York.

 

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law, Estate Planning and Estate Administration
  • Trusts and Trust Administration
  • Guardianships
  • Real Estate
  • Medicaid

Certifications and Training

  • Certified NYS Part 36 MHL Article 81 Guardian, Court Evaluator, Attorney for Alleged Incapacitated Person, and Guardian Ad Litem
  • Basic Mediation Training, October, 2018
  • Elder/Adult Family Mediation Training, May, 2019

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law, Boston, Massachusetts
  • » Juris Doctorate
  • State University of New York at Albany
  • » Bachelor of Arts
  • » Honors: summa cum laude
  • Graduate of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, Fall, 2019

Teaching

  • Adjunct Professor Schenectady County Community College
  • » Wills, Trusts and Estates, Fall 2016
  • » Business Law, Spring, 2017

Classes/Seminars

  • Christina lectures on the importance of estate planning, first time home-buying and protecting yourself from identity theft.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, District Representative (Third Judicial District) Trust and Estates Section and Real Estate Section
  • Schenectady County Bar Association, Member, Real Estate Committee
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • Capital District Woman’s Bar Association
  • Women’s Business Council, Capital Region Chamber, Program Committee Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.

Proud to be a Part of

  • (Past) President, Board of Directors, Colonie Senior Service Center
  • Member, Paralegal Advisory Board, Mildred Elley
  • Member, Paralegal Advisory Board, Schenectady County Community College (Past)
  • Building Committee, Boght Hills Elementary School, North Colonie School District (Past)
  • Proud Supporter of
  • Colonie Senior Service Center, Inc.
  • Safe, Inc., Anti-Sex Trafficking Campaign
  • American Heart Association, Go Red For Women Campaign
  • Capital District Women’s Employment & Resource Center (WERC)
  • Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital at Albany Medical Center
  • City Mission of Schenectady
  • South End Children’s Cafe

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Meier Law Firm, PLLC

Reviews

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Posted by Tim | September 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review
We met with Christina and her staff for estate planning. It was a very positive experience all the way around. The staff were professional and courteous. They responded quickly to any requests. I appreciated Christina’s careful advice. I would highly recommend her services.
Posted by Desiree | July 16, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very Happy with all her kindness and professionalism
My partner and I mother is Christina's client. We were amazed and delighted how excited my mother in law became when she received her special cards and well wishes from Meier Law Firm. It was a great feeling knowing our loved one is represented but also cared for in her later years.
Posted by Amanda | December 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Real estate
Christina and her associates were amazing! As a first time home owner they kept me informed and comfortable through the whole process. So happy to have found her!
Posted by Ann | September 16, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning
My first encounter with Ms Meier was to settle my husband’s estate after he passed. The house and an account had to go through probate and Ms Meier took care of all of that keeping me updated throughout the process. Her office staff was very pleasant and accommodating when I called. There were some issues getting the house in my name on the record in Colonie that I was not able to personally accomplish through the Town Accessor’s office. Ms. Meier was able to get that done and saved me a a lot of frustration. Recently, I hired the Meier Law Firm for my own estate planning and worked with Ms. Coles who took the time to draft a Will and Trust, along with a Health Care Proxy and Power of Attorney. She worked with my Financial Advisor to be sure that my Trust was drafted in my best interest. When I received the draft in the mail, a cover page was included, in layman’s terms, highlighting the key parts of the Trust and Will. I appreciated that so much. When the final draft was completed on all, I met with Ms. Meier to complete the signing. Ms. Meier and her staff were wonderful. They are knowledgeable, personable and professional. I would highly recommend this law firm for estate planning. My experience was outstanding.
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AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Education

  • Northeastern University School of Law
  • JD
  • 2004
  • State University of New York, Albany
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Third Judicial District Representative, Trust & Estates Section
  • N/A
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Third Judicial District Representative, Real Estate Section
  • N/A
  • Schenectady County Bar Association
  • Member, Real Estate Committee
  • N/A
  • Albany County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Albany County Womens Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Capital Region Chamber Women's Business Council
  • Program Committee Member
  • N/A
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc.
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Publications

  • Capital, Albany-Colonie Regional Chamber
  • Asset Protection Policies. Why you need a will, power of attorney, and healthcare proxy.
  • 2013

Speaking Engagements

  • SYNCH'd
  • Importance of Estate Planning
  • 2019
  • Residential Real Estate Closings
  • Legal issues related to home buying
  • 2019
  • SYNCH'd
  • Importance of Estate Planning
  • 2018
  • Home Buyer Seminar
  • Legal issues related to home buying
  • 2018
  • Identity Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • 2016
  • Identity Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • 2015
  • Identity Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • 2012
  • Identify Theft
  • Identity Theft
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (1)
Endorse Christina
Real estate Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Christina is clearly knowledgeable in real estate matters. I have worked with her over the past year and would recommend her for real estate and estate planning matters in a heartbeat."
Real estate

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Latham Estate planning Lawyer Christina Watson Meier
Christina Watson Meier
Estate planning Attorney
Latham, NY
Licensed for 19 years
Virtual consultation available