Elder Law and Estate Planning

Syracuse, New York

Our legal team is dedicated to providing you with high-quality, affordable estate planning and elder law services. We provide peace of mind for you and your family members.

240+
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As you approach your senior years, certain legal issues become more important. Chances are good, for instance, that at some point you’ll require long-term care to enable you to age in place or to find the assistance you need to live meaningfully. Similarly, you may be thinking about what will happen to your estate once you pass away. Now is the time to plan for what you’ll do if a chronic condition, trauma, or illness limits your ability to carry out the basic tasks of daily living, or how your estate should be handled once you die.

We handle a full range of elder legal issues, including:

The aggregate of the property you own is your “estate.” Whether it’s big or small, it has value to you. If you want to preserve your estate, or if you want to ensure it goes to those who are most deserving of it after you die, then you need a plan – and an estate planning attorney to help you.

Tully Rinckey’s estate planning attorneys have helped thousands of clients achieve peace of mind by assisting them in every aspect of estate planning. We can assist you, too, by:

Whether your estate is simple, complex, or somewhere in between, our goal is to provide you reasonably priced, efficient, and compassionate service when you are faced with the complicated and confusing decisions that often arise during stressful and traumatic times in your life.

The key to successful planning is taking action as soon as possible, while you’re still alert, aware, and healthy. We can help you develop an end-of-life care and estate plan that meets your needs and allows your loved ones to understand your wishes even if it gets to the point when you can no longer communicate with them.

To schedule an initial consultation, contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at (888) 529-4543 or info@tullylegal.com

An important aspect of estate planning for many people is designating some assets for one or more charities. Because IRS regulations on charitable donations can be complex, it’s important to work with an experienced attorney who can help you navigate all the legal and tax considerations involved with charitable planning.

In many cases, there may be charitable giving tax breaks you can take advantage of during the estate planning process. Tully Rinckey PLLC’s estate attorneys are aggressive in developing plans that allow you to maximize your legacy and take control over how your assets are distributed.

A trust may be created for many reasons, including the timing of asset distribution or the control of assets for beneficiaries who may not be able to manage them due to age or other factors.

The services of an experienced estate planning attorney can be invaluable when making a decision about trusts. The attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC understand how important it is to ensure that your property is handled and managed properly. In some cases, we can structure a trust to protect its value and even provide some tax benefits.

A will is a legal document that allows a person to designate what will happen to his or her property and assets after death. A will can also designate a guardian or guardians for any minor children, and appoint a trustee or trustees for any trust set up in the will. Contrary to what many people think, you don’t need to be wealthy to have a will. In fact, no matter what your financial situation is, having a will not only ensures that your wishes are respected after you die, but it can also reduce stress and tension for your loved ones.

At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our lawyers can help you draft a will or make modifications to the will you already have. Our attorneys have years of experience in estate planning, and are ready to provide you with competent, compassionate, and affordable service.

Estate administration is the process of managing the estate of someone who has passed away (the decedent).This process is handled in accord with applicable laws and, when available, a valid will. During the administration process, expenses, taxes, and debts are paid, and the remaining assets are distributed in accordance with the decedent’s wishes or pursuant to state law.

This process can be very complicated, particularly when someone dies without leaving a valid will. At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our experienced estate administration attorneys stand ready to assist you and your family at this difficult time. Our Frequently Asked Questions section can provide you with some answers regarding administration of an estate. However, there is no substitute for a consultation with a legal professional.

A power of attorney allows you to appoint someone you trust to handle your financial and business affairs for you. Taking this step can help you, and your family, avoid financial disaster by assigning a responsible party to manage your finances and business affairs for you.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s never too early to begin an estate plan that includes powers of attorney. Sudden illness and accidents can happen at any time, and it’s wise to be prepared. The experienced attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC stand ready to assist you and your family in every aspect of developing an estate plan.

If you have a loved one with special needs, you may be concerned about how to provide for them while ensuring that they don’t lose their eligibility for government benefits. One option is to create a special or supplemental needs trust. This allows you to provide monies to the person without jeopardizing their long-term financial situation.

Creating a special needs trust is a complex legal process, and it’s never too early to begin an estate plan, especially if one or more family members has special needs. The experienced estate planning attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC stand ready to assist you in the creation of such a trust. We can also counsel you in understanding what other assistance programs you and your family member might qualify for.

When a person becomes unable to make personal or financial decisions due to some type of incapacity, and the person has not executed a durable power of attorney or health care proxy, it’s possible to create a guardianship for personal or property management needs. A “guardian of the person” is responsible for making decisions around that person’s care and support. Such decisions may include issues of medical treatment, professional services, living situations, and end-of-life plans. A “guardian of the property” is responsible for protecting the financial interests of the incapacitated individual.

The experienced elder law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC can initiate a guardianship proceeding to protect the interests of any incapacitated individual. The goal is to appoint a trusted family member, advisor, or friend to act as the individual’s guardian.

In the event that you are incapable of making healthcare decisions, you will probably want a trusted family member or friend to make these decisions for you. One way to ensure that your wishes are respected is to appoint a healthcare proxy. Without a proxy, these decisions will either be made in accordance with state law or by someone who has been appointed your guardian by the courts.

Even if you are in good health now, accidents can happen at any time, so it’s never too early to start planning. People over the age of 18 can appoint a healthcare proxy. The experienced elder law attorneys at Tully Rinckey PLLC can assist with this process. Our attorneys will listen to your concerns and help you in all aspects of estate, healthcare, and end-of-life planning.

Advances in medical care make having a living will more important than ever. Living wills are documents that outline specific instructions to medical personnel regarding your wishes for treatment. The living will is consulted when you’re unable to communicate your wishes regarding life sustaining treatments, such as cardiac resuscitation, pain medication, mechanical respiration, and the insertion of feeding tubes.

At Tully Rinckey PLLC, our elder law attorneys have significant experience in this sensitive area of law. We assist you and your family in the development of a living will that respects your needs and desires. Because medical emergencies can and do happen at any time, it’s never too early to have a living will in place.

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When you choose Tully Rinckey PLLC, you aren’t just assigned an attorney. Your legal matter will be cared for by our entire legal team and support staff. With offices throughout the country, coast to coast, we make sure you receive legal counsel and representation you can trust. A number of the partners in our firm have earned the highest possible ratings for their exceptional legal ability and high ethical standards, including the AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and top ratings from Avvo, Best Lawyers, and Super Lawyers.

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Tully Rinckey is a full-service law firm. We handle legal issues relating to appellate law, litigation, bankruptcy, international and U.S.-based business law, family and matrimonial law, military and federal employment law, intellectual property law, and much more. We also offer a variety of services, including estate planning, security clearance representation, and congressional investigations. Regardless of your legal needs, we have the experienced counsel you need.

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Our client-centered process is all about communication. During consultations, we teach clients about legal challenges they face and explain options available from their current position. Our attorneys explain how we resolve legal issues for the best possible outcome. We define what the expectations are, create manageable deadlines, and discover evidence to support claims.

Proud Veterans


Tully Rinckey PLLC is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned law firm founded by military veterans Mathew B. Tully and Greg T. Rinckey, and now employs attorneys who are veterans of the Armed Forces. The military ranks and roles of our attorneys range from a Brigadier General, former Judge Advocates of all Officer ranks, and attorneys who have served as enlisted and Non-Commissioned Officers. The principles of the U.S. military carry over into how we operate our firm. These include leadership, character, technical and tactical proficiency, strong communication skills, seeking and taking responsibility, understanding assignments, choosing the right people for the job, and teamwork.

Testimonials

“Graig Zappia came highly recommended to me from a professional source that I respect and trust. When I initially contacted Tully Rinckey to inquire about arranging a first-time appointment to redraft my will and update several other legal documents, I was treated with courtesy and was without hesitation given a date and time to meet that accommodated my work, travel and personal schedule. When we initially met in person, I found Graig to be knowledgeable and confident, yet easy to work with. I asked questions freely and he took time to clarify details to be sure I fully understood the content of the documents that I would be signing. I would certainly recommend Graig and will contact him again in the future.”

B.R. on Partner Graig Zappia, Esq.

“This is the third time that Jennifer Corcoran has represented me. The first time was approximately three years ago. My ex- husband died and I found myself in a legal battle with his ex-wife over insurance that was meant for our daughter, as agreed upon in our divorce agreement. The attorney who wrote the agreement referred me to Jen due to her experience in dealing with similar cases. When I met with Jen I knew she was the right attorney for us. She had and has a wonderful way with people, but clearly knows her business, She made me feel that our case had merit and I fully believed she would work hard for a positive outcome. The case went on for a year, and Jen always kept me informed and I never felt like my case was one of many that she was working on. She made me feel like I was important and my daughter was important. The case was finally resolved just prior to going to court. Jen was not only able to retrieve all of the funds, but she also was able to secure our legal fees from the other party. I am so thankful to Jen. My daughter now has the funds to attend college without financial worry. I know this is would not have been achieved without Jen’s hard work and dedication. Jennifer Corcoran is an accomplished attorney but she also has a way of making her clients feel important and valued.”

R.J. on partner Jennifer J. Corcoran

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The nationally recognized attorneys in the Syracuse office of Tully Rinckey PLLC serve individuals, families, and businesses throughout Central New York. Opened in 2012 in Syracuse, the Central New York office of Tully Rinckey PLLC offers clients a professional support staff and nationally recognized attorneys in the areas of law we practice. We offer counsel and representation in numerous legal areas, including appellate law, criminal law, family and matrimonial law, immigration law, litigation, military law, and many others. We protect your interests and help you realize the outcomes you want with aggressive appellate representation at the state, federal, and U.S. Supreme Court level.

To schedule a consultation at our Syracuse office, call (315) 492-4700 or email info@tullylegal.com.

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