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John F. Leone

John F. Leone

Contact Information

716-854-4300, x 243
866-893-2003 (Toll-Free)


Areas of Practice

  • Wills & Trusts
  • Estate and Trust Administration
  • Will Contests
  • Real Estate & Finance
  • Taxation
  • Qualified Retirement Plans
  • Pension and IRA Benefits
  • General Corporate

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1987


John Leone has practiced over 20 years in the practice areas of Pensions, Qualified Retirement Plans, Wills, Estate Planning, Estate and Trust Administration, Real Estate and Taxation. He received both his J. D. and B. S. degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

In connection with his Wills and Estates practice, Mr. Leone has successfully defended proponents of wills subject to will contests, contested wills on behalf of beneficiaries, and has filed claims relating to breaches of fiduciary duty by individuals using a power of attorney for their own benefit.  

Mr. Leone is a frequent author of articles pertaining to estate planning and administration. He is a member of the Estate Analysts of Western New York as well as the Surrogate's Court Practice & Procedure and Elder Law Practice & Procedure committees of the Bar Association of Erie County.



State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, New York
J.D. - 1986

State University of New York at Buffalo School of Management
B.S. - 1983

Past Positions

Ernst & Whinney, Tax Consultant


Erie County Bar Association, Member, Surrogate's Court Practice & Procedure Committee

Erie County Bar Association, Member, Elder Law Practice & Procedure Committee

Estate Analysts of WNY


"Elder Law, Medicaid, and Trust Planning" - The Greater Buffalo Memorial Society, Inc.

"Tax and Estate Planning for Pension and IRA Assets" - National Business Institute

“Common Issues To Be Prepared For in Litigation and Probate” - National Business Institute

"Calculating the New York Right of Election" - Practice & Procedure Committee of the Erie County Surrogate's Court

"Selected Issues in Estate Planning" -Women's Club of Orchard Park

"Marital Deduction/Credit Shelter Planning" - Trusts and Estates Law Section, New York State Bar Association

"A Comprehensive Guide to Estates and Trusts Practice - Closing of an Estate/Settlement of Trusts" - Erie County Bar Association/Erie Institute of Law

Erie County Surrogate's Court Practice and Procedure Committee, Administering Insolvent Estates