competence

continuity

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Wilcenski & Pleat PLLC

is a law firm which concentrates its practice in the areas of special needs estate planning, special needs trust administration, traditional trust and estate administration, long term care planning and elder law.  The firm helps clients navigate issues impacting individuals with disabilities of all ages and across the disability spectrum. 

Founding partners Ed Wilcenski and Tara Anne Pleat both have family members with disabilities, and they designed their firm around three core concepts: competence in their chosen areas of practice, credibility among their peers and within the communities they serve, and continuity—clients rest assured that attorneys and staff will be here to provide expertise and service throughout the years ahead.

“We take this practice and the relationships that we build with our clients very seriously. Disability is life long, and unlike many areas of the law, our clients often choose our practice with the hope and expectation that we will be here for a family member with a disability long after the primary caregivers are gone. Every decision we make—from the staff we hire to the professional relationships we build to the location of our office—has been made with the idea of creating an infrastructure that will be here for our clients, for their families, and for their guardians and trustees for years to come.” —Ed Wilcenski

The firm has two offices located near the scenic Adirondack Mountains. The main office is located in southern Saratoga County, just north of Albany.  The second office is located in Queensbury in southern Warren County, just south of Lake George.   While the firm is located in Eastern New York, attorneys and staff work with clients across New York State.

Wilcenski & Pleat COVID-19 Response

We are still open, and we are taking precautions in light of COVID-19. Please note the following changes to our normal business operations as we continue to service our clients:

Client Communications

We continue to communicate with our clients, colleagues and courts by phone and email.  Prior to the onset of the pandemic we had completed major upgrades to our server and phone system, and we expanded the capacity of staff to access our system remotely.   As such, we are fully configured for our staff to work from home.

In line with recent directives from the State of New York, a limited number of staff will be on site at any given time, with the balance of our staff working from home. We continue to monitor communications from federal and state authorities, and we will modify this protocol if and as necessary.

Limited Building Access

We are only allowing entry to certain staff and to those who are delivering supplies which are necessary to the operation of our office. Exceptions are being made on a case by case basis.

Client Meetings

We are handling client consultations and conferences by phone. We are also willing to conduct meetings using FaceTime and (for those with Android devices) using Zoom.

Document Signings

We are not currently scheduling in-person document signings.  Instead, we have developed a protocol to supervise, witness and notarize documents through video conferencing in a manner which we believe to be consistent with a recent Executive Order issued by the Governor.   Note that this revised document signing protocol is based on our interpretation on how to implement the Governor's directive and effectuate remote document signings given the current state of affairs.  However, any clients who execute their documents through this remote process will be asked to come back to the office after the Stay at Home Order has been lifted to execute them formally in person.

Our objective is to strike a balance between protecting our staff and our clients while at the same time ensuring that important documents get signed, especially for those whose health may be compromised.

Document Drop-off

Clients are able drop off documents. We have placed drop boxes in the vestibules of the Clifton Park and Queensbury offices. Clients can drop off their documents and then call the office to let us know. We will retrieve the documents, copy and scan them, and then return them to our clients in any manner they choose.

Like you, we continually reassess the situation.   If you have any questions about our office practice during the viral pandemic, please do not hesitate to call us at (518) 881-1621.

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