Firm Overview

My practice focuses on providing clients with high quality professional service in a cost effective manner.

My unique approach is based on the approach of learning a client's circumstances and legal needs through communication and empowering the client with an understanding of the legal options or ramifications they are facing.

Throughout the course of the attorney-client relationship, the client develops a keener understanding of their concerns and our legal strategy.

The resulting success benefits both the client and the case overall.

This is a vision I developed in law school, and it's quite fulfilling to finally practice what started as a provocative theory of an eager law student.

Soon after established myself as a probate and estates practitioner, I've been regularly retained by new clients here in New York as well as from other states (regarding New York estate matters).

It has been an exhilarating experience thus far and I love what I do.
Main Office

Law Offices Of Frank Handelman
45 Broadway
Suite 1700
New York  NY  10006

  • (646) 588-4734
  • (212) 674-4614


Free Initial Consultation?


Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Fees are normally discussed during our consultation, and are always clearly set out in writing, whether based on a flat fee or hourly rate.

Determining the cost of handling your legal matter will depend on a number of factors including the nature of your legal problem, its complexity and our legal objective.

Flat rates for Wills begin at $1,500.

Flat rates for Trusts begin at $4,000.

Flat rates for Estate Trials begin at $25,000.

Flat rates for Estate Appeals begin at $40,000.

A 50% Retainer Is Required In All Cases.

Disbursements are billed and required to be paid monthly.

Hourly Rates


Office Information

Office Hours

Wednesday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
By Appointment Only

Emergency After Hours


It is understandably difficult to deal with the loss of a loved one while also bearing the burden of reviewing their assets and administering the estate.

Consulting with a caring and experienced New York Estates & Probate Attorney to discuss the handling of your family member's estate can be a welcomed relief during your time of bereavement.

New York Estate and probate proceedings often require Surrogate's & Supreme Court appearances, document filings and sworn responses in the following areas:

Probate Petitions & Proceedings
Administration Petitions & Proceedings
Surrogate's Court Citations
Discovery, Depositions and Witness Appearances
Article 81 Guardianship Proceedings
Article 17(a) Guardianship Proceedings

Schedule a free consultation to discuss retaining an experienced attorney for your court filings and appearances.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

As a litigator, there were many instances where I was retained to handle a court matter for a new client, and then ultimately assisted them with their Estate Planning or Probate matters. This lead to my current specialization in probate and estate law.

What made this a perfect transition for me was the fact that there is a human factor involved in an probate and estate law practice that requires a firm but caring approach.

Most situations are sensitive and the necessary discussions can be triggering. So you can imagine how difficult it is to deal with:

(1) the loss of a loved one while also bearing the burden of reviewing their assets and administering the estate;

(2) the heartbreak of dealing with the mental or physical deterioration of a loved one while having to marshal their assets and arrange for long term health care; or

(3) the anxiety of a medical emergency (or scare) creating the need to prepare a Will or trust.

While it seem's unbearable to talk "business" while going through any of these kinds of situations, you still need the assistance of an attorney to navigate the various legal options and/or requirements.

So there is a huge benefit in working with an Attorney who takes the necessary time to understand the details of your legal situation while maintaining respectful consideration of what you are going through.

Whether you are seeking a will, a trust or involved in a guardianship matter or the administration of an estate, the approach that I have developed ensures that you as a client are heard and understood, and that your rights and assets are properly protected.

This is the human factor that makes love the work that I do. It provides me the ability to be caring and supportive while providing outstanding legal services. An added bonus is that I'm more than capable of handling any estate litigation matters that arises in the course of representation.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I encourage my clients to educate themselves regarding the legal issues that concern their assets, goals and families.

The law permeates every inch of their existence as property owners, investors as well as family members seeking to pass on a legacy.

I invite clients to seek my expertise as a legal professional, just as I seek medical expertise from my own physician (and I actually attend medical visits with a list of questions).

Educating themselves in the law only leads to a more productive attorney-client relationship.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?


Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the various ethical restrictions attorneys are bound to govern themselves by.

After an initial consultation, I would prefer to enter into an attorney-client relationship first, and then assist the client to the best of my legal and ethical abilities.

If an attorney-client relationship were not possible, then I would refer that person to one of the many legal volunteer programs for pro se litigants.

Tatia Barnes

I've provided a rather detailed history of my legal career on my firm web page.

Without repeating that information here, my legal career has been a very rewarding experience.

As a result of my serving as an Assistant District Attorney and trial associate, I am an aggressive, polished, and creative attorney. I enjoy litigating.

I have also enjoyed assisting business owners with their legal circumstances and industry practices for several years.

After assisting business owners with their estate and probate needs, it seemed natural to venture out to establish a probate and estates law practice designed to meet these legal needs of hard working and successful families seeking to preserve, protect and eventually pass on their assets.

My experiences in dealing with people from all walks of life, and from various areas of the legal field have taught me to treat each person with human dignity, regardless of what side of the podium they're standing on.

For example, one day, walking down the street with a former employer, we were approached by a disheveled gentleman calling out my former employer's name. He got my attention first, so I smiled, said hello, and tapped my former employer on the arm. My former employer turned around, called the gentleman by his name and shook his hand heartily. Although he was semi-homeless, he was a client, and the firm managed settlement funds he received in a large civil litigation case.

Creating a working relationship with my clients is also important to me. I want to understand my clients' concerns in order to address them thoroughly, so that there's an ongoing collaboration that makes that attorney-client relationship work well. Communication is where it all starts.

Personal interests: I love hiking and chocolate ice cream!
  • Bar Number: 4324109
    New York , 2005
  • Fordham University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2004
    New York, NY
    Commercial Real Estate

Tatia Barnes

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