Shareholder, Hurwitz & Fine, P.C.
Years in current role: 17
What do you enjoy most about practicing trusts and estates law?
I enjoy working with clients to achieve their estate planning goals. Many times at the end of the process, clients indicate that they feel relief that their estate plans are in place. It is very gratifying to help clients achieve peace of mind.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve dealt with over the past year?
It has certainly been a challenge dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of the ability to meet with clients, particularly in executing documents. We were forced to be creative to ensure that client needs were being met in an environment where safety was a huge concern.
What do you see as the biggest changes in the legal industry in the next 3-5 years?
I think that much of our business will continue to rely heavily on electronic communications and document dissemination. I also believe that electronic signatures may be accepted on estate planning documents in the future. As a result of the pandemic, I think that virtual meetings and court appearances are likely to continue.
What community organizations do you support as a volunteer and why?
I am a Vice President of the Center for Elder Law and Justice, a nonprofit organization that provides free legal services to low-income elderly and disabled clients. I support the organization because it serves those who would not otherwise have access to needed legal services. I am also a trustee of the Western New York Coalition Pooled Trust. This organization helps participants retain income and/or resources for their needs while remaining eligible for governmental benefits. Finally, I am an advisor for the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, which benefits many nonprofit groups and social programs which provide essential services in Western New York.
What are you most looking forward to doing as COVID restrictions ease?
I am looking forward to larger in-person gatherings such as bar association meetings and CLE presentations.