Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Whatever your personal situation may be, estate plans may encompass the following:

  • Wills
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxies
  • Burial Instructions
  • Life Estate Deeds
  • Revocable and Irrevocable Living trusts
  • Supplemental Needs Trusts


Estate Planning

We at NFD realize that estate planning is more than document drafting and protecting financial assets. It is about providing clients the peace of mind that loved ones are protected in catastrophic life events, and that a client’s tangible and intangible legacy is passed on for generations to come.

Everyone’s situation is different, but the importance of preserving and protecting family assets, saving time, money, and avoiding sticky family relations is universal. During a consultation with the attorneys at NFD, we will explore your specific situation and help you to create a customized estate plan addressing your present and future needs.

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Estate Administration

The loss of a loved one is emotional enough without including the complexity of the legal process that accompanies that loss. This is where the attorneys at NFD step in. Whether you are an Executor or Administrator, it is our mission to alleviate what is called the “probate process” from your shoulders so you can focus on the things that truly matter. 

What exactly is the Probate process? If I am named as the executor, what do I do first? How do I get appointed executor by the Surrogate Court? Do I need to have an original Will? What happens if I can’t find the original Will? How soon until I can sell the decedent’s house? How do I close out the estate? Are there tax implications?

These questions and more are all answered when working with the team at NFD. Whether it is preparing the necessary paperwork to be filed with the Surrogate Court, negotiating with creditors, managing difficult family relations, completing a final accounting of assets, or anything else in between, our team has the experience and compassion necessary to bring the administration of an estate to a successful resolution. In easy-to-understand language, we guide you through every step of this legal process. 

To discuss your probate situation further, please contact our office at (716) 688-3800, and ask for attorney Robert Freeman.