Kenyon & Kenyon

Kenyon & Kenyon

At Kenyon & Kenyon, we are well-known for our proficiency in New York's business law, estate planning and real estate issues.

Firm Overview

We represent buyers, sellers and lenders in residential and commercial real estate transactions, commercial and corporate finance, estate planning and estate administration and all areas of business law. Attorneys William R. Kenyon and Edward C. Russ Kenyon have each earned a BV Distinguished Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell for their professionalism and ethics.

Our attorneys support every case with the skills they have attained from their 65 years of combined experience. We have extensive knowledge, not only of our practice areas, but also of New York procedure and local practice. We attempt to resolve matters before bringing suit and recommend litigation where appropriate and where recovery appears the most likely.

Kenyon & Kenyon regularly handles:
-Trust planning
-Estate planning
-Real estate
-Corporate law
-Commercial law
-Municipal law
-Elder law
-Business law

Accessible Canandaigua lawyers here for you
Facing the New York legal system can be a challenging and stressful experience. While our attorneys strive to fight assertively for your interests, we also strongly emphasize client service. We listen carefully to your concerns, promptly return your calls and process your case as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Main Office

Main Office
11 North Street
Canandaigua NY 14424


(585) 394-2068

Estate Planning

Whether you are planning the care or support of loved ones upon your death or wrangling with the probate process while mourning the loss of a loved one, we can help.

Our attorneys have more than 65 years of combined experience assisting with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Executorship duties
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Probate and will disputes
-Wills drafting and execution

Estate planning
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. When devising an estate plan, we consider how best to protect your children, support your loved ones and contribute to the charitable causes that are special to you.

We thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting your personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones. We can draft a will that reflects your desires and establish living trusts if that would serve your individual needs and your estate planning goals.

We understand that the process of probate follows a time of painful emotional loss. We can ease the stress of probating the estate.

We assist executors in all steps of the complex process of probating a will in New York probate court, including:
-Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
-Filing the will with the New York probate court
-Closing and opening bank accounts
-Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
-Paying taxes and other debts
-Locating beneficiaries
-Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes
The stress of a probate dispute can compound the pain of losing a loved one. When disputes arise, our attorneys maintain a composed courtroom demeanor. This helps calm the emotionally-charged process of challenging an invalid will or defending a valid will against erroneous claims made by unhappy beneficiaries. If you choose to preserve amiable family relationships, our attorneys can skillfully mediate disputes to reach just, equitable resolutions with your loved ones. When necessary, we assertively defend your beneficiary rights within the New York probate court.

William R. Kenyon

Kenyon & Kenyon

Practice areas
-Corporate organization
-Commercial real estate
-Residential real estate
-Asset-based finance
-Estate planning
-Trust law
-Municipal law
-New York, 1967
-U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

-Syracuse University, LL.B., 1967
-University of Rochester, B.S., 1965

Associations and memberships
-Ontario County Bar Association (President, 1989)
-New York State Bar Association

Biographical details
-Member, Justinian Society
-Senior Editor, Syracuse Law Review, 1966-1967
-President, Canandaigua Lake Pure Waters, Ltd., 1986-1987
-Chairman, F.F. Thompson Hospital Foundation, 1993-2002
-Chairman, Board of Directors, F.F. Thompson Hospital, 2002-2004
-Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Thompson Health System, 2004-2009
-Chairman, Board of Directors, Thompson Health System, 2009
-Member, Board of Directors, Literacy Volunteers of Ontario County


Syracuse University
Juris Doctorate,