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Ruth P. George

Law Office of Ruth P. George

Ruth P. George

Law Office of Ruth P. George

Ruth P. George

Law Office of Ruth P. George

The Law Office of Ruth P. George focuses on helping you with your most important matters. From preparing your Will and other estate planning documents to transferring assets to a lifetime trust to helping you manage the administration of an estate when a loved one passes, these are important matters that make such a difference for all involved.
 
For these matters, you want a trusted advisor.  I want to be that person for you.
 
I was a professional ballet dancer until an injury ended that journey, so safe to say I understand how life can throw curve balls.  I want to help you through your transitions by being prepared.  With some effort and my assistance, you can make a huge difference for yourself and the people and entities you care about.  I want you to feel this sense of satisfaction.
 
I was admitted to the New York State Bar in January 2001, after finishing law school in June, 2000 and worked with a boutique law office focusing on trusts and estates before opening my own office in Williamsville, New York.  I received my Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York with coursework focusing on tax and finance transactions and my Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences Interdisciplinary from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York.

I have been appointed by judges in Surrogate’s Court and Supreme Court to act as Guardian ad Litem, Court Evaluator and attorney for alleged incapacitated persons.  I have also worked in various committees with New York State Bar Association and the Erie County Bar Association including the Elder Abuse, Guardianship, Taxation, Surrogate’s Court Practice and Procedure and others.


I am currently a member of the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law Section and the Elder Law and Special Needs Law Sections as well as the Erie County Bar Practice and Procedure in Surrogate’s Court Committee and the Elder Law Committee.  I am a member of the Network in Aging of Western New York, Inc.

Firm Description

Give your loved ones the gift of preparation with an up-to-date estate plan.

When you have a legal roadmap in place, you allow for clarity and a sense of peace at some of the most difficult times during life and at death.  Without this type of pre-planning, you are leaving your legal affairs in potential disarray.  Avoid this heartache: together, we can create your estate plan with a clear and decisive approach. Getting started now is so important!

I can also help you through the probate and estate administration process along with handling trust administration.  Real estate transactions, business succession planning and elder law matters are very much a part of these areas of law and are other services provided and handled with care.

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5555 Main Street
Williamsville, NY 14221

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