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Estate Planning / Elder Law & Disability Law

Most of us are familiar with or already have a will in place. A will is just one of the many tools necessary for a carefully prepared estate plan. However, even the best laid plans set forth in a well-crafted will can be meaningless without an estate plan that adequately protects your assets while you are still alive; especially in this day and age when rising health care costs and end of life care can abruptly diminish resources that took a life time to accumulate. Today, even simple estate planning typically involves additional instruments, such as a living will (or advanced health care directive) and power of attorney.

At Dunn & Browne, we will spend time meeting with you to create a complete picture of your particular situation and to understand your personal estate planning goals and objectives. We will assess potential risks and pitfalls that may have immediate concern or that may pose risks in years to come. We will consider alternative planning options, such as the use of revocable trusts, or giving programs subject to more favorable tax treatment. Whether you have a small or large estate, a family business you would like to pass down to further generations or a family member with special needs, our attorneys will design an estate plan that is tailored to meet your specific needs.

No matter the size of your estate, at Dunn & Browne, LLC we will take the time to explain the probate laws and legal processes to you. We will explain tax consequences and advantages associated with the alternative estate planning strategies available to you.

Our TYPICAL ESTATE PLAN PACKAGE includes a will, living will and power of attorney, and in most cases we can complete an estate plan for a small, one-time fee. 

Your Will

No matter how much you expect to leave behind, planning how your estate will be distributed to your loved ones, or others for whom you wish to provide, is an undertaking that needs to be addressed with attention and care. If you do not, state laws may direct how your property will be distributed. At DBV, we regularly prepare trusts and wills for our clients in a process that is typically not time consuming or unduly complicated. For most of our clients, the process of preparing and executing a will is relatively simple, straightforward and inexpensive. 

Your Living Will or Advanced Health Care Directive

If an unexpected illness renders you unable to make decisions regarding your own health, it can cause significant hardship, stress and burden on your love ones. With a living will, also known as an advanced health care directive and proxy, you can make those decisions in advance and avoid imposing that difficult burden on your loved ones. 

Your Power of Attorney

If you are rendered mentally unable to make decisions regarding your assets and financial obligations, a power of attorney allows you to designate an agent that will do so for you. 


A trust allows your assets to be held by a designated party, yet directs their use for the benefit of another. Trusts provide for a greater degree of control over your assets and flexibility to ensure they are used by the intended beneficiary in the manner you intended. Trusts often have tax advantages as well. At DBV, we have extensive experience in the planning, preparation and execution of Trusts designed to address your individual needs. 

Special Needs Trust

If you have a child with special needs, you have a particular concern for your child’s future and care. You may wish to consider a “special needs trust” by virtue of which your disabled child will not be precluded from securing means tested benefits programs, yet enjoy an enhanced life from proceeds of your estate. A special needs trust is designed to ensure maximum benefit for your resources by acting to supplement public benefits such as Social Security and Medicaid. At Dunn & Browne, we will design a life care plan for your child to evaluate whether you may benefit from a special needs trust and we are particularly experienced in assisting clients who have disabled children, or other loved ones, to ensure all their special needs are met.

For help with estate planning in River Vale, NJ, Hillsdale NJ, Westwood NJ or any other area of NY or NJ please contact us at (201) 664.0002 or write wiht your special needs or circumstances. @3 wil 43wpone3 quikly to advise you or your options  and the costs involved.

Real Estate


Our firm has extensive experience in real estate development, including all phases of the site plan and the subdivision process as well as zoning. Our practice includes representation of home buyers and sellers as well as investors in commercial property. Our experience includes representation in such diverse real estate matters as landlord and tenant issues, condominium and co-op matters and environmental law issues.

Whether you are an individual, small business or experienced developer, buying and selling real estate can be a frustrating and confusing process that is often riddled with technical snafus and attended by substantial risk. There is no substitute for representation by able and experienced real estate attorney in such transactions. At DBV, our attorneys will take the time to explain the issues involved in your transaction as well as the options available to you for resolving those issues. We will guide you through your real estate transactions so that you can be secure in the knowledge that your interests will be completely protected by able counsel throughout the process.

For clients pursuing applications for development of lands before municipal planning boards, our attorneys bring significant experience and sound judgment to the process acquired from decades of representation of developers, contractors and property owners as well as representation of local planning boards and boards of adjustment. Our real estate attorneys also regularly appear before municipal planning boards and local boards of adjustment to address applications for land-use approval and zoning relief in River Vale, NJ and other NJ and NY towns.

We offer flexible fee and billing schedules, and for home buyers and sellers, we typically do not require payment until your transaction closes, which means you do not have to pay our fees up front. For straightforward purchase and sales, we often offer flat fee rates instead of hourly fees, so you know in advance exactly what our fees will be. For the services we offer, we are confident you will find our fees to be very reasonable.

Give us a call at (201) 664.0002  to arrange for an apointment to discuss your unique needs. With very little information, we can quickly tell you what services we offer and our fees. 

At Dunn & Browne, LLC, we  Regularly Handle:

  • Purchase or Sale of Residential Real Estate
  • Purchase or Sale of Commercial Real Estate
  • Land Use, Site Plan, Subdivision and Development Projects
  • Permits, Variances and Environmental Compliance
  • Property Line and Boundary Disputes

Corporate and Business Law


At Dunn & Browne, LLC, we  counsel business clients with advice and guidance that is molded by our experience and packaged with practicality. We realize and appreciate the costs of running a business and our advice and counsel is guided by the purpose of keeping those costs low and minimizing exposure to risks and costly legal difficulties. For that reason, we are often called upon before issues arise so that we can chart a course for our clients that is designed to anticipate and avoid legal wrangles before they have a chance to occur. For those clients that come to us when obstacles have already arisen, our solutions will always include a clear plan to avoid similar obstacles down the road.

At Dunn & Browne, LLC, , we regularly represent companies from small to large, from start-up to restructuring and even in dissolution. We have many clients that operate family-owned and operated businesses and sole proprietorships. Our business lawyers have experience in both planning and litigation and are capable of representing your business interests throughout multiple jurisdictions. 

Some examples of issues we regularly encounter: 

Starting a new business

At Dunn & Browne, LLC, your success is our business. We listen and understand your interests and goals and treat the first step of forming your new business with the care and attention it deserves. Choosing the right type of business entity, such as a corporation, limited liability company (LLC), partnership or a sole proprietorship is one of the most important decisions you will make and we treat it that way. We have extensive experience preparing operating agreements, shareholder agreements and joint venture agreements, just to name a few. 

Business Succession Planning

Whether your purchasing or selling your business, in whole or part, at DBV business attorneys can guide you through the process, which often includes preparing acquisition agreements and new shareholder agreements and/or buy-out option agreements. 

Give us a call at (201) 664.0002 to arrange for a consultation to dsicuss your unique needs. With very little information, we can quickly tell you what services we offer and our fees. 

Civil Litigation/Personal Injury


Have you or your loved one been injured in an accident? At Dunn & Browne, LLC, we have the experience, skill and dedication it takes to help you recover the compensation you deserve from those who are at fault for your injuries. We  can litigate personal injury cases in New York and New Jersey in both the Federal and State courts, as appropriate, in order to pursue just compensation  for your injuries.

Give us a call or send us an email to arrange an immediate consultation to review your options for recovery of damanges for injuries received. In most circumstances, we will handle personal injury claims at no upfront costs to our clients and we only recovery a fee as a percentage of what we recover for you. Call us now to learn more. 

Types of Accident & Injury Claims We Handle

General Negligence
Typically, "negligence" claims involve a person or company that has caused harm or damages to others because they failed to act reasonably. Generally, a party is liable for negligence if they act without reasonable care or fail to act when a reasonable person would have, and injury to another results. Types of General Negligence Cases include: 

  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Construction Accidents
  • Construction Site Falls or  Accidents
  • Wrongful Death Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Bicycle Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Boating Accidents
  • Head and Spine Injury Accidents
  • Burn Injury Accidents
  • Electric Shock Accidents or  Electrocution Accidents
  • Dog Bite Accidents
  • Nursing Home Accidents
  • Medical and Professional Malpractice

Product Liability: 

Have you been injured by a dangerous or defective product or device? You may have a viable product liability claim against the company that designed, manufactured, distributed and/or sold that device. Product liability law, which differs from state to state, typically allows an injured party to recover money damages if the injury was caused by defective design, manufacturing or marketing of that product or if the injury was caused because the product did not contain adequate warnings of known hazards.

If you believe you have sustained an injury as the result of a product liability, the law may entitle you to compensation. CONTACT US… 


If you are looking for a personal injury lawyer in or around River Vale, NJ,  or the surrounding area, please call us at (201) 664.0002 or send us an email to arrange an immediate consultation. With very little information, we can quickly tell you what services we offer and our fees.

Commercial Litigation


At Dunn & Browne, LLC,  we understand and appreciate that success often comes with adversity. When adversity comes knocking on your door, let our experience stand by your side. Because we always have your best interests in mind, we will work hard to avoid costly litigation. We will explore less expensive alternatives for dispute resolution, such as arbitration and mediation. If less costly alternatives are unsuccessful, and litigation is the only option, we will provide you with sure guidance and representation using all legal remedies available at law. We will work closely with you to formulate specific objectives and goals and design a plan and strategy that meets your particular situation. Throughout litigation, we never lose sight of your objectives and goals, which is always the primary driving force in our tactics and strategy. 

Commercial Litigation we handle regularly:

  • Business Disputes and  Litigation
  • Real Estate Disputes and  Litigation
  • Estates and Trust Disputes and Litigation
  • Construction Disputes and Litigation and
  • Shareholder and Partnership Disputes and Litigation
  • Prerogative Writ and Administrative Disputes and Litigation


For more information on our litigation services, please call us at (201) 664.0002 to arrange for a consultation  to evaluate your matter.