For over 40 years, Attorney James Riley has been serving clients in the Rockland County area with estate planning, elder law, and litigation needs. Over the years, his legal work has been based on a deep and sincere desire to help people and has developed a broad range of legal expertise including litigation, municipal and education law, small business planning and real estate. In a recent letter to the New York Times, James stresses the importance of executing wills, estates and health care proxies especially now during the Coronavirus pandemic.
To the Editor:
“Doctors Are Writing Their Wills,” by Bari Weiss (Sunday Review, March 29), raises the important point that personal wills are so essential. Among other objectives that wills accomplish, and perhaps the most important, is the naming of guardians for our young children: who will do the parenting and safeguarding of assets if parents die prematurely. The fact that physicians are now seeking to name multiple substitute guardians — more backups than usual — is most telling.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo has established an executive order that allows documents to be notarized remotely by video means. Competent estate-planning lawyers are now using this method to accomplish the proper execution of wills without the need for a meeting between lawyer and client.
Wills or codicils, which are amendments to existing wills, can now be signed in New York, and hopefully in many other states, without the need for an in-person meeting with a lawyer. This is a very good thing.
James K. Riley
Pearl River, N.Y.
The writer is a lawyer and certified financial planner.
Read the original letter here.
April 8, 2020
Sarah N. Escolas
“I am thrilled to join Donohue, O’Connell, and Riley because it is a firm which is devoted to empowering its clients by actively engaging its clients in the estate planning process. Empowerment is not typically a word associated with estate planning but creating an estate plan is empowering. We work our whole lives to become physically and financially independent. Yet as we age, there is a strong likelihood we will at some point have to rely on others to assist us with our physical and financial needs. My role as an estate planning attorney is to empower you by creating an estate plan which allows you to maintain control over how your physical and financial needs are met as you age and ensures the assets you worked hard to acquire are distributed in accordance with your wishes.”
Sarah Escolas is a client-focused attorney who takes the time to listen and understand what individuals and families are looking to accomplish regarding their future and their legacy. She strongly believes clients are in the best position to make decisions and it is her role to educate and guide them. Based on that personable approach, she applies her in-depth knowledge of estate planning, clearly explains your options and helps you achieve your goals by integrating all the components of planning strategy. Her passion and sense of purpose shines through in both the quality of the attorney-client relationship and the legal work that transpires.
Attorney Escolas has over 10 years of experience in estate planning and family law. Prior to joining Donohue, O’Connell & Riley, Sarah was the owner of Escolas Law in the greater Rochester, NY area, providing collaborative representation and mediation services to resolve a wide-range of disputes, including will and trust cases and business law matters.
Read Sarah's full bio here.
April 2, 2020
Donohue, O’Connell & Riley, PLLC is proud to be sponsoring the Exeter Riptide 12U Girls Softball Team as they celebrate their incredible 2019 season, culminating with winning the District Championship for the first time ever at the 12U age group, as well as winning the Litchfield invitational tournament. Joe Donohue’s daughter plays 1st base for the team.
Their dream season has become even more exciting as the girls were one of two teams invited to represent New Hampshire at the Babe Ruth World Series in Florida July 27-August 2! Our firm is contributing to their fundraising efforts to cover travel expenses for the trip to Florida. If you would like to donate, please click below:
July 23, 2019
Donohue, O’Connell & Riley PLLC is pleased to announce the acquisition of Mann, Mann & Lewis, P.C., welcoming their Nyack-area clients into our estate, tax and elder law practice in Pearl River, New York and growing our Rockland County presence.
Partners Joseph M. Donohue and Kristin A. Canty met attorneys Orville H. Mann, Jr. & Robert P. Lewis, Jr. through colleagues and found common ground in our longstanding Rockland County legacies and a deep commitment to helping families in the community with quality estate planning, tax and elder law services. Together, we are ensuring a smooth transition of cases and files.
Our team has advised thousands of clients on how to structure their affairs and businesses in order to minimize taxes and assure the smooth transfer of wealth between generations. This merger gives Mann, Mann & Lewis clients the opportunity to benefit from both our local presence and regional scope. With attorneys admitted in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts & New Hampshire, clients can access New Hampshire’s favorable tax laws (New Hampshire trusts pay no state-level income, estate or sales taxes).
Since life is constantly evolving and keeping your estate plan up to date is of paramount importance, clients are encouraged to call the Pearl River Team of Donohue, O’Connell & Riley at (845) 735-5050 to schedule an appointment. Our legal team can review your documents to make sure everything is current and accurately reflects your wishes. You may also benefit from the latest tax legislation and Medicaid rules.
Our practice takes pride in our personalized approach to client service, so we look forward to a conversation to understand your unique circumstances and tailor our advice to best meet your current and long-term needs. As you know, planning early is critical to staying in control and protecting the maximum amount of assets possible. Your loved ones and your legacy depend on taking a proactive approach to protecting and passing on your life savings.
July 22, 2019
Iona Evans, Vincent Savino, Kristin Canty & Joe Donohue
Iona Evans - Exeter Office
Iona joined DOCR Law in August 2018. She is passionate about helping people implement estate planning and legal strategies to maximize long-term results. Iona focuses her practice on advising clients with multiple assets and revenue streams to help them to minimize their tax burden and avoid potential liability.
“I am excited to join DOCR’s team of attorneys and support staff who are experienced and insightful about the estate planning process and beyond. In the few months since I have joined DOCR, I have been privileged to bring my depth of experience to bear to help clients achieve their goals, preserve their investments, and fulfill dreams for their estates, businesses and charitable organizations.”
Vincent Savino - Pearl River Office
Vincent advises clients in both the Pearl River and Warwick offices of the firm. Everyone who meets him appreciates his calm demeanor and depth of experience. In 2004, Vince joined a firm that also offered Estate Planning and Elder Law services and began to develop his focus on Trusts and Estates law.
Vincent came to DOCR because of the firm’s “small town” approach to “big city” problems. Vincent says “The partners here give me the opportunity, and actually encourage me, to provide a unique, personalized experience with our firm.” Vincent is happy to spend more time working with clients to create solutions to situations, as opposed to the “one-size-fits-all” approach that is commonly associated with larger firms. The feedback that the firm receives about Vincent and his approach is overwhelmingly positive.
January 31, 2019