HARMS & HARRIGAN, LLP 2016 – A Year in Review

We are pleased to report that the merger of The Law Offices of Richard Harms, PC and The Law Office of Scott M. Harrigan, PC on February 1, 2016 has been a success. We would like to thank you, our clients, whom we are most appreciative of and for whom we are dedicated to providing you with the best possible legal representation we can.

In this blog, we will highlight three of our practice areas, Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Guardianship for the year 2016.

Wills, Trusts & Estates – In addition to meeting with clients at our office to discuss Estate Planning, we prepared numerous Wills, Health Care Proxy’s, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and Trusts for our clients in 2016. We also provided home and hospital visits for some of our clients who, for various reasons, could not or were not able to get to our office. We are dedicated to doing whatever we can to make things easier for our clients so, if you need special accommodations, we are happy to oblige.

Probate – We handled various Probate matters in Suffolk County Surrogates Court and Nassau County Surrogates Court in 2016. One case in particular was a Probate matter that was over 30 years old. The original attorney had passed away and the second attorney handling the estate developed Alzheimer’s disease. Most of the file materials could not be located nor could the witnesses be located by a third attorney who had taken over the matter. We were then retained and took over the matter and were able to locate the witnesses to the Will and were successful in getting the Will probated, allowing the beneficiaries to finally obtain their inheritance.

Guardianship – We were successful in obtaining guardianship for the parents of an autistic/ developmentally disabled individual who had just turned 18 years old without having to have a hearing in court. That alleviated the difficulties of having the child and the parents appear in court in an already difficult situation.

We will provide 2016 summaries from our other practice areas in the weeks to come. Of course, if you are interested in speaking to us regarding Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship or any of our other practice areas, please call us!


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