The Law Offices of Barton P. Levine Representing NYC Families for More than 35 Years!
Thank you for visiting the Information Center for the Law Offices of Barton P. Levine. Our firm is based in Manhattan, and our mission is to provide residents of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, and the greater metropolitan area with quality estate planning services, probate & estate administration, bankruptcy representation, special needs planning, medicaid planning, guardianship representation, elder law representation and real estate representation.
When you visit or call our office, we want you to feel comfortable discussing the matters that concern you. We want to arm you with the information you need to make informed decisions.
If you have a well-drafted estate plan in place, you’ll insure that your estate passes to whom you want, when you want, and is carried out in the manner you’ve chosen. Through the use of Wills, Living Trusts (simple and complex), Irrevocable Trusts, Family Limited Liability Companies, Family Limited Partnerships and Charitable Gifting Strategies, we help families preserve their wealth for future generations, minimize estate taxes and avoid expensive and lengthy probate proceedings.
If you're responsible for the administration of a decedent's estate anywhere in the greater New York City metropolitan area, or if you need advice about your rights as a surviving spouse, heir or beneficiary, we can be of service. For the past 25 years, we have advised local and out-of-state clients about the best ways to fulfill their responsibilities, resolve disputes, avoid liability and fully protect their legal rights.
Bankruptcy laws are intended to provide individuals and businesses having credit problems with a “fresh start”. Since 1993, we have helped many individuals and businesses eliminate their debts, while keeping their home, car or other valuable assets.
Families who have a family member with a disability must plan for the future very carefully. How assets are left after your death can have tremendous impact on the quality of life for that person. In the past, a Will might have been enough, but times have changed. To protect a person with special needs, a well-defined estate plan is vital.
The cost of long-term nursing home care continues to grow in America. For many Americans and their families, the greatest fear is being unable to meet the cost of quality health care - being forced to spend their life savings before qualifying for government benefits. Moreover, New York State has recently enacted expanded recovery regulations, which will enable Social Services to impose devastating medicaid liens on the non-probate assets of a deceased medicaid recipient. Smart Medicaid planning can help prevent this from happening, and avoid devastating medicaid liens.
When a person becomes incapacitated, and financial or health decisions need to be made, it may be necessary to have a guardian appointed for that person's protection and care. Many guardianship applications are undisputed, but sometimes families disagree about whether or not a guardian is necessary, or whether the person applying for guardianship should be appointed guardian.
Our firm devotes a considerable amount of time on issues that affect the growing aging population. Elder Law representation involves many different areas. These areas include planning for retirement planning; planning for “In-home” and nursing home care; Medicaid planning; trust and estate planning and administration; and the prevention of elder abuse or neglect.
We can help buyers and sellers with a wide range of services in connection with their real estate needs. We draft contracts and attend closings, guide our clients through the mortgage application process, and advise them of the pitfalls they can encounter in any real estate transaction.