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Ryan T. Emery

Partner

Ryan focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, estate planning and estate administration.

Ryan assists the litigation department in defending individual, institutional and municipal clients who are involved in various personal injury and civil rights claims and commercial disputes. Ryan focuses primarily on handling issues involving motion practice, appeals and trial preparation. He has successfully defended many cases using motion practice, resulting in substantial litigation cost savings to clients.

In the estate planning area, Ryan represents individuals and couples who need assistance with safeguarding and directing how their assets are distributed for their children and loved ones and appointing preferred guardians for any minor children. Ryan also counsels New York residents who spend time in Florida on changing their domicile to Florida to take advantage of the state’s many tax benefits. He also assists adult surviving children with all aspects of estate administration for their deceased Florida domiciliary parents.

Ryan is also knowledgeable in the preparation of Florida and New York wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies (Florida designations of health care surrogate), living wills and revocable trusts. He is also experienced in assisting fiduciaries with simple to complex taxable estates and trusts.

  • Successfully defended appeals in Third and Fourth Departments, Appellate Division.
  • Obtained summary judgement on numerous occasions dismissing complaints against institutional and municipal clients.
  • Attorney for Personal Representative of multi-million dollar Florida estate administrations.
  • Obtained a favorable reported decision for a trust beneficiary finding trustees breached their fiduciary duty to the beneficiary.

Current:

  • Volunteer Lawyer Project
  • Occasional lecturer on Trusts & Estates
  • Member of the Central New York Estate Planning Council

 

Prior:

  • Board of Directors of Aurora of CNY
  • Treasurer of the Aurora of CNY Board of Directors
  • Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Syracuse University
  • Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude, Albany School of Union University
  • New York State Bar
  • Florida State Bar

News

Governor Cuomo’s April 7th COVID-19 Executive Order Makes Remote Will Executions a (Virtual) Reality

“Update:  Although offices can now be open and restrictions regarding in-person gatherings are starting to ease, the Governor has issued another executive order that extends the ability to do remote witnessing until August 5, 2020.” COVID-19 has brought estate planning to the forefront of the minds of many individuals, particularly at-risk populations such as senior…

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Governor Cuomo’s April 7th COVID-19 Executive Order and its Impact on the Business and Legal Affairs of New Yorkers

“Update:  The statute of limitations extension discussed below has been extended further by the Governor until August 5, 2020.”  On April 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.14 (“EO”) as part of New York’s continuing efforts to combat COVID-19.  This new EO affects both individuals and businesses in a variety of ways. Extension of…

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Ryan T. Emery and Samantha L. Millier Named Partners at Mackenzie Hughes LLP

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Ryan T. Emery and Samantha L. Millier have been elected to the partnership at Mackenzie Hughes LLP. Emery joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2006 and focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, estate planning and estate administration. Admitted to both the New York and Florida Bar, he serves clients residing in both…

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Blog

Governor Cuomo’s April 7th COVID-19 Executive Order Makes Remote Will Executions a (Virtual) Reality

“Update:  Although offices can now be open and restrictions regarding in-person gatherings are starting to ease, the Governor has issued another executive order that extends the ability to do remote witnessing until August 5, 2020.” COVID-19 has brought estate planning to the forefront of the minds of many individuals, particularly at-risk populations such as senior…

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Governor Cuomo’s April 7th COVID-19 Executive Order and its Impact on the Business and Legal Affairs of New Yorkers

“Update:  The statute of limitations extension discussed below has been extended further by the Governor until August 5, 2020.”  On April 7, 2020, Governor Cuomo signed Executive Order 202.14 (“EO”) as part of New York’s continuing efforts to combat COVID-19.  This new EO affects both individuals and businesses in a variety of ways. Extension of…

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New York State Budget Extends “Clawback” of Gifts for New York Estate Tax Purposes

New York State Budget Extends “Clawback” of Gifts for New York Estate Tax Purposes As an update to Ryan’s 2014 blog that in part discussed New York’s treatment of gifts, New York had let a provision in the law lapse that required the value of certain gifts to be included back into a New York…

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