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Frederick Putnam Davies

About me

Frederick P. Davies is the founder and senior attorney of the Davies Law Firm, P.C. and a noted speaker on Estate Planning, Living Trusts, Long Term Care, Medicaid and Taxes.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 1982 and a law degree (Juris Doctor) from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1985.  Following graduation, Mr. Davies was admitted to practice law in all the state courts of New York and Connecticut.  He is also admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court and the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New York.


 


In September 1983, Mr. Davies joined the United States Navy JAG Student Program.  After taking the Bar Exams for New York and Connecticut, Lieutenant (JG) Davies attended Naval Justice School in Newport, Rhode Island, and was certified as a Judge Advocate (Military Lawyer).  In January 1986, Lieutenant (JG) Davies was stationed at Naval Base San Francisco, California, where he began his estate planning practice and gained extensive trial experience.  In 1989, Lieutenant Davies left active duty, returned home to Central New York, and joined the Naval Reserve, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. 


 


In 1992, Captain Davies transferred to the New York Air National Guard and served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field, Syracuse.  In 1995, he accepted the position of Air Staff Judge Advocate for Headquarters, Connecticut Air National Guard.  In 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Davies transferred back to the New York Air National Guard and served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Rome, New York.


 


In May 2012, Colonel Davies transferred to the US Air Force Reserve at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, and served as the Senior IMA for the Community Legal Services Directorate of The Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force.  In November 2014, Colonel Davies transferred to the Air Force Judge Advocate


General’s School (Air Force Law School) where he served as an Instructor and the Subject Matter Expert on Estate Planning for the United States Air Force.  Colonel Davies retired from the military on December 14, 2015.


 


Mr. Davies, upon his release from active duty in 1989, worked for a number of law firms in Central New York.  Wanting to focus his legal practice on Estate Planning, Mr. Davies started the Davies Law Firm, P.C. in 1993.  From simple beginnings, the firm has become one of the prominent law firms in Central New York focused on Estate Planning, Living Trusts, Estate Administration, Probate, Long Term Care, and Taxation.


 


Mr. Davies is a member of the American Bar Association (Wills and Estates Section), the New York State Bar Association (Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Sections), the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the Estate Planning Council of Central New York.


 


Mr. Davies has given over 1000 seminars on Estate and Tax Planning, Long Term Care, Medicaid and other Elder Law issues. He has also been a guest speaker for a variety of groups and organizations including the AARP – Local Onondaga Chapter, The Adult Education Program of SUNY Utica, The Carpenters Union Local 747, The First Baptist Church of Rome, The General Electric Elfun Retirees, Liverpool Public Library, New York State Correctional Facility Employees Association, Niagara Mohawk Employees, The Prostate Cancer Survivors Group, S.A.G.E., Sennett Seniors, Verizon Employees Group, The West Genesee Adult Education Program, The Women’s Business Group of Utica, and many others.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    31 years
  2. Trusts: 25%
    31 years
  3. Probate: 20%
    31 years
  4. Tax: 5%
    31 years
  5. Other: 10%
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Payment

Fees:

Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Matthew Lenza

    Fred expertly handles the questions presented to him and I fully endorse him.

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    Matthew Lenza Estate planning Attorney
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  • Saul Henry Kobrick

    Fred and I spent much time together at estate planning events given by the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys. I find him to be a knowledgeable and caring estate planning attorney. I would be most comfortable recommending clients to him knowing they will be well cared for.

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Contact info

Davies Law Firm, P.C.

210 E Fayette St.
Ste 700
Syracuse, NY, 13202-1947

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NYCurrently registered 198603/07/2016
CTActive198507/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Senior Attorney and OwnerDavies Law Firm, P.C.1993 - Present
Judge AdvocateUnited State Air Force Reserve2012 - 2015
Staff Judge AdvocateAir National Guard1992 - 2012
Judge Advocate (Military Lawyer)United States Navy JAG1983 - 1992
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
ElderCounselCharter Member2007 - Present
Estate Planning Council of Central New YorkMember2000 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember1998 - Present
WealthCounselCharter Member1998 - Present
New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law SectionMember1996 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
American Bar AsocaitionMember1985 - Present
Estate Planning Council of Central New YorkBoard of Directors2003 - 2005
American Academy of Estate Planning AttorneysMember1996 - 1998
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Syracuse University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of VermontPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
USAF Annual Survey of the LawEstate Planning Update2015
Drafting Effective Wills and TrustsDrafting Wills and Trusts2015
Top Estate Planning TechniquesEstate Planning2014
Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is ImportantEstate Administration2014
USAF Annual Survey of the LawEstate Planning Update2013
Trusts 101Trusts2013
The Probate Process from Start to FinishProbate2013
USAF Annual Survey of the LawEstate Planning Update2012
Medicaid and Medicare UpdateMedicare and Medicaid2012
Estate Administration from Start to FinishEstate Administration2012
USAF Annual Survey of the LawEstate Planning Update2011
Trusts 101Trusts2011
Probate Process from A to ZProbate Process2011
Drafting Effective Wills and TrustsDrafting Wills and Trusts2011
USAF Annual Survey of the LawEstate Planning Update2010
Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is ImportantEstate Administration2010
USAF Annual Survey of the LawEstate Planning Update2009
The Probate Process from Start to FinishProbate2009
Estate and Long Term Care Planning for Elder ClientsElder Law2009
USAF Annual Survey of the LawEstate Planning Update2008
The Probate Process from Start to FinishProbate Process2008
Fundamental Probate Procedures and PracticeProbate Process2008
Estate Planning in the Air ForceEstate Planning for Military Members and Dependents2008
Drafting Effective Wills and TrustsDrafting Wills and Trusts2008
USAF Annual Survey of the LawEstate Planning Update2007
How to Draft Wills and Trusts in New YorkDrafting Wills and Trusts2004