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Practice Areas

Agricultural Services

A thriving agricultural community makes our area special.  It provides jobs, economic stability, rural vistas and a sense of history and tradition to Washington, Rensselaer and Saratoga Counties.  We are very lucky to have such a rich agricultural history and industry in our area. Kelly & Sellar Ryan is well versed in assisting businesses and families in maintaining their farms and ag related businesses.  Partner Erika Sellar Ryan is a graduate of Cornell’s LEADNY program, and has created a niche practice in agricultural business, including farm planning, succession planning, generational transfers and liability protections for the unique issues that agricultural businesses face.  We understand the nature of farming and its impact on everyone in the family, and use our experience and resources to make difficult discussions and complicated relationships work out with creative, thoughtful solutions.  With extensive experience in this area, our clients can and will attest to our commitment to the agricultural community.  

  • Farm planning
  • Farm acquisition 
  • Business formation and dissolution 
  • Financial negotiations/workouts/debt resolution 
  • Agricultural leases
  • Right to farm issues and protections

Business Services

Small business is the economic engine of Upstate New York.  Statistically, small businesses have a huge impact, and we believe you should have legal counsel that believes in the importance and impact of your business.  We do.  Every year, we assist individuals and entities in the creation of new businesses, the reformation and expansion of existing businesses, and the succession planning for those looking to retirement.  We understand the complications that come with working with close family and friends, and we will help you work through the sensitive issues that arise.  We do not just want to help you set up your business, we want to talk to you about options, potential pitfalls and ways to ensure that your business, family and relationships thrive while you achieve your economic goals.  

  • Business incorporation
  • Business acquisition/sale
  • Buy/sell Agreements, partner agreements
  • Succession planning
  • Liability risk assessment
  • Employee/personnel matters

Real Estate Services

Real Estate is exciting and frightening all at once.  But it doesn’t have to be.  After decades in the industry, we understand the nuances of real estate transactions.  We consider it our job to educate the first-time homebuyer, taking the mystery and anxiety out of the transaction, and providing sound legal advice to the seasoned investor.  Whether you are interested in commercial development, buying your dream home, selling your family farm, or putting a conservation easement on your land, we are efficient, knowledgeable and approachable.  We have worked with most lenders and realtors in the area and are willing to use our extensive experience to make any real estate transaction more successful and less dramatic. 

  • Purchase and Sales of residential, commercial or agricultural lands 
  • Zoning and land use 
  • Leases, rental contracts, evictions
  • Conservation Easements, Agricultural and other
  • Tax grievances

Estate Planning/Estates

Estate Planning At KSR we aim to guide individuals and families in the process of planning for the transfer of assets when a loved one passes. The individual’s estate is unique and we strive to understand each person’s planning goals, taking into consideration the size of the estate, nature and location of the assets, family members and their special needs, and any limitations they want to put on the use of their assets after death. Estate planning also involves preparing for incapacity and/or serious illness during a person’s life through powers of attorney and healthcare proxies. Everyone needs a will, power of attorney and healthcare proxy as basic estate planning documents. However, more complex estate planning can involve revocable living trusts, testamentary disclaimer trusts, irrevocable income only trusts (medicaid trusts), supplemental needs trusts, charitable remainder trusts and other specialized trusts. Estate planning for small business owners and farmers often involves very complex planning and requires an understanding of the relationship between their business operations, business entities, real estate holdings and their estate planning goals. At KSR we have the experience and expertise to guide clients through that complex process.

Estate & Trust Administration When a person dies, his or her estate is commonly administered by a fiduciary under the supervision of the Surrogate’s Court, either an executor named in the will or an administrator appointed by the Court. We will prepare all of the documentation necessary for the appointment of the fiduciary and assist him or her with the often complex tasks of locating and collecting
assets, ascertaining legitimate claims and paying the legitimate debts of the estate, selling estate assets if necessary, arranging for the preparation of estate tax returns, distributing assets to beneficiaries and closing out the estate with a formal or informal accounting as appropriate. When a person has transferred assets into a trust, we advise Trustees regarding their duties administering the Trust while the beneficiary or beneficiaries are alive and regarding distribution of assets upon termination of the Trust.

Municipal Law

At KSR, we believe local governments need legal representation options that are reasonably priced and offer sound legal judgment.  At KSR, we understand that the professionals a municipality chooses to assist with their needs are not the elected representatives.  Our legal representation is based on sound, practical advice and we stay out of the political determinations and undercurrents of the municipalities we represent.  We strive to provide legal services with scant municipal budgets and funding constraints in mind.  We are proud to represent both Towns and Villages in Washington County.

Traffic Violations

Traffic tickets are a pain, and, if not properly taken care of, can result in years of additional costs in insurance.  Let us help you resolve tickets, or outstanding Department of Motor Vehicle issues or insurance complications.

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18 Gray Avenue

Greenwich, NY 12834

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Phone : 518-692-1200

Email : vah@ksrpllc.com

Our Hours

MON-FRI     8:00-5:00

SAT-SUN    Closed

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