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We partner with our clients to identify and implement comprehensive solutions to help them achieve their estate and gift planning objectives.

Our approach

Our clients need innovative and practical approaches to minimize their tax exposures and achieve their wealth transfer and protection goals.

We use detailed and multi-faceted strategies to create practical and tax efficient solutions that will accomplish our clients’ estate planning goals of protecting wealth for their families and the causes most important to them.

The vehicles we use to protect what matters most to our clients include:

  • Wills
  • Revocable trusts
  • Retirement benefits planning and cash flow analysis
  • Irrevocable gift, GRAT, QPRT and life insurance trusts
  • Asset protection trusts
  • Charitable giving plans
  • Lifetime family giving plans

We also help clients ensure that their wishes are carried out with respect to health care and financial decisions.

Being part of a full-service law firm with the complete range of capabilities, we also can help our clients with tax preparation, asset management services, business succession analysis, corporate transactions and retirement benefits planning.

We actively partner with attorneys, tax and financial professionals in the U.S. and abroad to create a customized team to best serve each client’s objectives.

Together, we can formulate an estate or gift plan to protect you and your family, your business and assets.

We work with:

  • Individuals and families
  • Business owners
  • Business executives

Media Clips

  • Involving Children in Estate Planning
    Rochester Business Journal 2016 Guide to Wealth Management | March 11, 2016
    Rochester private clients partner Stephanie Seiffert and associate Kenneth Hunt authored this piece on the importance of families having their children involved in the estate planning process.
  • Putting an Estate Value on the Assets Unique to You
    The New York Times | September 28, 2013
    Boston Private Clients partner Sarah Connolly comments on how patents (which have the potential to be more valuable after a researcher’s death) can play a role in estate planning.
  • Nextpert: Passing on the family business
    Democrat and Chronicle | June 12, 2013

    Rochester Private Clients associate Meghan Schubmehl authored this column discussing family business succession planning.


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Private Clients Alert | December 11, 2015

Estate planning documents every young adult should have
Private Clients Alert | November 20, 2015

Act now in case the "family discount" window closes
Private Clients Alert | July 29, 2015

Now is the Time to Consider Wealth Transfer Opportunities
Private Clients Alert | February 26, 2015

Numbers, numbers, numbers—2014 and 2015
Private Clients Alert | January 8, 2015

2014 Year-End Tax Planning
Private Clients Alert | November 4, 2014

Should I Review My Estate Plan?
Private Clients Alert | June 18, 2014

New York makes significant changes to its estate tax law
Private Clients Alert | April 7, 2014

Is your estate plan keeping up with your technology?
Private Clients Alert | February 11, 2014

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Private Clients Alert | December 18, 2013

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Private Clients Alert | November 18, 2013

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Estate & Gift Planning