Spencer L. Reames focuses on estate planning and litigation, representing clients throughout the New York metropolitan area in probate contests, contested accountings, discovery and other related proceedings. His practice includes conducting pretrial discovery, legal research and drafting motions.
What pressing challenges do you help clients manage?
Estate litigation can be especially stressful because it’s often centered on the death of a loved one. Many of the issues can be intra-family-related and, unlike dealing with corporations, where there is a kind of separation from the issue at hand, estate litigation is often personal. I work to manage client expectations and explain how the process unfolds by taking matters step by step, and helping clients through this difficult time. We try to get as close as possible to what our clients feel the decedent would have wanted.
“Success is doing the best job that you can do and doing it thoroughly and ethically. Success also includes earning respect from your clients and your peers, and at the end of the day, being able to respect the job that you have done.”
How do you maintain successful client relationships during what can be a difficult process?
I do a variety of things, a mixture of in-person meetings, emails and phone calls, but in the end, it comes down to being as responsive as possible to my clients. I strive to put the client at ease by explaining what the steps are so there are no surprises in the process.
How do you give back to the community and why is it so important?
I have always been interested in classical music, especially since my wife is a musician. I have an outstanding relationship with the New York Philharmonic, which is something I am working to further cultivate.
What differentiates Farrell Fritz from other practices?
Farrell Fritz is comprised of intelligent, upstanding people who adhere to the highest ethical standards. The atmosphere is very collegial. It’s not a collection of people working toward their individual ends; rather it’s a team working together. Everyone supports everyone else. That’s what struck me about the firm from the start.