Kristen L.S. Testa
Telephone Extension: 206
J.D., State University of New York at Buffalo (Buffalo Public Interest Law Program Fellowship)
B.A., Syracuse University (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Dean’s Scholarship Recipient)
Kristen L. (Schaub) Testa concentrates her law practice on estates, trusts, and probate work. Through her Surrogate's Court work, Kristen Testa has represented complex estates involving children, the mentally disabled, spousal right of election, opposing siblings, missing heirs, foreign beneficiaries, charitable remainders, and Medicaid liens. She takes great pride in helping families navigate through the probate process, which can be a difficult process when someone is grieving the loss of their loved one.
Kristen prepares Health Care Proxies/Living Wills, Power of Attorneys, and Last Will and Testaments. The new 2021 Power of Attorney form is essential for those entering skilled nursing facilities and looking to gift to their loved ones. Ms. Testa also routinely prepares Life Estate Deeds and associated tax documents. Life Estate Deeds are a great financial planning tool for families. She is always happy to discuss positive and negatives about various estate plans with clients.
Kristen Testa also is experienced in small business matters; successfully resolving OSHA complaints, EEOC / NYS Division of Human Rights complaints, and denials of unemployment. Mrs. Testa is skilled in drafting sale contracts, non-disclosure and non-compete agreements, commercial lease contracts, and other agreements small businesses need tailored for successful operation.
Mrs. Testa started with Nesper, Ferber & DiGiacomo as a law clerk, during her third year as a student. She is a member if the New York State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Erie County. She is also a member of the Woman’s Bar Association of the State of New York – Western New York Chapter. Kristen is also a Certified Mediator by the Child & Family Services Center for Resolution & Justice.