Practice Areas

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Family Law

When you need a family law attorney, we are here for you. We help clients successfully address the legal issues that affect them most personally.

Family matters, which can be legally complex, are deeply personal and often emotionally charged. To make sound decisions about issues that can have lifelong ramifications, you need the support and understanding of expert counsel and, if necessary, aggressive representation.

Competent, Compassionate Representation

We offer our clients astute legal advice in a compassionate, caring and professional manner that enables them to resolve difficult issues and move on with their lives. We provide experienced representation in:

Often a family legal situation does not end with an agreement or court order; as families grow and change, adjustments may need to be made to accommodate those changes. Therefore, our representation does not end at the negotiating table or in court. We stand beside you throughout the legal process.

A Trusted Advisor

In fact, our interest goes beyond the legal issues you may be facing today. Our history of cultivating lifelong – sometimes, multi-generational – relationships with our clients reflects our commitment to earning your trust. You can rely on us to provide wise legal counsel in all family matters over the long term.

Find out how our advocacy can support your life goals – contact us today for an initial, no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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Criminal Law

If you have been charged with a crime, your freedom – even your life – may be at stake. You need to enlist experienced, trustworthy legal counsel who can guide you through the complexities of the law and aggressively advocate for your interests and rights.

A History of Success

We have successfully defended clients against allegations such as:

If you are facing any of these – or other criminal charges, contact us immediately. The sooner we begin our investigation, the more effectively we can defend your rights and the more able we are to prevent criminal prosecution. Our personal relationships with police, prosecutors and judges give us a substantial advantage in collecting information and negotiating plea bargains.

Thorough Investigation

When prosecution is unavoidable, you can be confident that we will prepare thoroughly by investigating every aspect of your case and leveraging our relationships throughout the criminal justice system. We may recommend retaining trained investigators to uncover and document important evidence.

Keeping You Informed

Client communication and a trusting relationship are crucial to a successful defense. Therefore, from our first meeting and throughout the investigation and any subsequent court actions, you will be informed of every development in your case as it happens. We encourage you to contact us at any time with questions or concerns.

If you have been arrested, don't wait – we can help! Call today for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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Estate Law

Most people would rather not think about what will happen when they die. However, the people that plan ahead are able to leave behind more asset value with far fewer complications for their heirs. We can help you navigate the complex and multifaceted labyrinth of Estate Law, including estate planning and administration.

Estate Planning

At the end of your life, your assets will be distributed and taxed. Where they are distributed and how much they are taxed depends on having a well-thought out estate plan. We will help you put a plan in place that protects your financial assets by translating your wishes into legal directives, with minimal tax impact.

The first step in estate planning is to decide how you want your assets distributed. Whether you are married or single, with or without a family, it is important to avoid the lengthy, cumbersome and expensive probate process by ensuring that your assets are properly held and their disposition clearly spelled out in binding legal documents.

Because inheritance can be subject to a variety of Federal, state and income taxes, you need competent advice to preserve the value of your assets. Depending on your circumstances and wishes, this may involve gifts, trusts, powers of attorney and wills.

Finally, your estate plan needs to be a flexible document, something you can adapt as tax laws, investment opportunities and your own personal circumstances change.

Estate Administration

When a family is faced with the death of a loved one, the last thing they want is to deal with legal details. We offer our clients estate administration, guiding families through the process and relieving them of the worry and confusion it can cause. This may include handling estate and gift tax matters, obtaining asset valuations, managing probate court filings and proceedings and other related activities.

Caring and Discrete Advisors

Estate Law involves more than just legalities and tax matters; it concerns people's most personal issues, often when they are emotionally overwhelmed. We realize how sensitive these matters are and provide caring, confidential counsel for clients and their families.

We provides legal guidance in:

Protect your family's future security – call today to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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From the moment you are charged with Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI), time is of the essence. Many states give as few as 10 days to request an administrative hearing. What you do now is critical to limit the long-lasting damage your arrest may inflict on your life.

DWI/DUI – A Legal Minefield

Addressing an impaired driver charge can be like taking a walk through a legal minefield – you need expert counsel versed in the intricacies of the law to successfully negotiate it. If you are convicted for a DWI /DUI offense, you may have to pay the following consequences:

Legal Representation for DWI/DUI

With such severe consequences at stake, you will want to get the assistance of an experienced DWI/DUI lawyer. We can help you understand your options, negotiate a plea bargain, or represent you at trial.

The DWI/DUI Expertise You Need

DWI or DUI may seem to be a simple charge but there are many variables involved, including penalties from both the motor vehicle administration and legal system. You may not be aware of the potential defenses for your case. We can help determine:

We can arrange for expert witnesses in areas such as toxicology or fields that explain how other physical limitations or disabilities may have affected your performance during a field sobriety test.

Act Now to Preserve Your Rights

Remember, if you do not schedule an administrative hearing within the state's time limit, then your driver's license will be suspended for the maximum time allowed by law, and other serious penalties may occur.

If you've been charged with an "impaired driver" offense – from first offense DWI or DUI to subsequent offense to Aggravated DWI/DUI and Negligent Homicide – let us put our experience and expertise to work for you. To begin your defense, contact our firm now.

Defense for Drug Offenses

In addition to defending DUI/DWI charges, we also advise clients charged with crimes involving marijuana, cocaine, crack cocaine, ecstasy, heroin, prescription drugs, and crystal meth:

These charges often carry severe penalties, including jail time. If you have been charged with one of these crimes, you will need an aggressive lawyer working on your side. Contact our office today to get the representation you need.

Defend your rights and protect your future – contact us now!

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Law Office of Richard W. Cole
17 Beresford Court
Williamsville, New York 14221