Putting together a well thought out plan should be a positive and empowering experience. It is one of the most important ways one can protect and provide for those we love, minimize tax burdens, and express our core values in the legacies we leave. New York NY estate planning lawyer Erica Bell believes that her first and most important job is to listen very carefully to the client. Only then can she make recommendations and prepare documents tailored to the specific goals, needs, challenges and values of each client, couple and family.

The Law Office of Erica Bell, PLLC offers a full range of tools, including simple and complex Wills, Trusts, Advance Directives (Living Wills), Health Care Proxies, Revocable Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Charitable Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Corporations (LLCs), Powers of Attorney and a host of other documents, and extensive advice regarding which tools will best suit the needs of each client.

Our attorneys will help you develop a comprehensive plan that takes into account both present goals and possible future contingencies, such as changes in tax laws, births or deaths of family members and others, and other changes in circumstance. We will counsel you with respect to lifetime gifting strategies, and strategies to avoid probate, including various forms of property ownership and beneficiary designations.

In addition, our New York estate planning lawyers offer special expertise for domestic partners, non-traditional families and members of the LGBT community, for whom it is crucial to have a plan in place, because without it the law will most often fail to recognize and protect the clients’ families of choice, no matter how long they have been together.

We can assist you in addressing the different impacts of estate, gift and pension laws on both married and unmarried couples, including providing for partners and children whose central importance in the client’s life may not be legally recognized. Our goal is to provide a knowledgeable and understanding environment in which to discuss each client’s, couple’s and family’s specific needs and objectives. Our services include:

Wills and Trusts
• Powers of attorney
• Advance Directives / Living Wills and Health Care Proxies
• Other documents: Standby Guardianship for Minor Child, Authorizations for Anatomical Donation and Funeral Arrangements

Your New York NY estate planning lawyer will work closely with you to craft a plan, advance directives, health care proxies or other strategies that best suit your personal situation and concerns. Read more about our probate and estate administration services.

Call 212-233-3146 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation with estate planning attorney Erica Bell in our Manhattan office.

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