Bio
Ms. Donahue Tasner is a Senior Associate in the Buffalo Trusts & Estates Department.  She concentrates her practice in all areas of estate administration, probate and related Surrogate Court proceedings.  Such additional proceedings include limited administration, working with the County Public Administrator, wrongful death related estate proceedings and contested estate proceedings.    

Ms. Donahue Tasner regularly assists clients and families with guardianship proceedings under the Surrogate Court Procedure Act Article 17 and 17A, and the Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 adult guardianship in Supreme Court. 

Ms. Donahue Tasner is qualified to receive Part 36 appointments and serves as Guardian ad Litem in Surrogate’s Court, Court Evaluator and Attorney for Incapacitated Persons under Mental Hygiene Law Article 81 in Supreme Court.  Additionally, Ms. Donahue Tasner is qualified to serve as Court-appointed Referee in foreclosure matters.   

In addition to working with clients and families on Surrogate’s Court proceedings, Ms. Donahue Tasner has extensive experience with working with a variety of clients and families on estate planning matters.  She partners with financial advisors and tax professionals in the area to ensure her clients’ estate plan is thorough and appropriate for each individual client.  Such plans range from foundational estate planning with Last Will and Testaments, Health Care Proxies and Power of Attorney documents, to more advance planning with trust documents for a variety of complex planning needs including long term care planning.  Ms. Donahue Tasner also works jointly with other practitioners whose clients require planning with government-approved Supplemental Needs Trusts.   

Prior to joining Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman, LLP, Ms. Donahue Tasner was an Associate at Mosey Persico, LLP for the now Erie County Surrogate’s Court Judge, the Honorable Acea M. Mosey.  During law school, she interned with the Honorable John F. Batt, Niagara County Family Court Judge and the former Erie County Public Administrator, Honorable Acea M. Mosey.  


Articles & Publications
Author, "Planning for Peace of Mind," Buffalo Healthy Living, April 2016

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
  • New York

Education
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D.
  • Niagara University, B.A., magna cum laude

Professional Associations
  • Tonawanda Bar Association 
  • Phi Alpha Delta 
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of New York
  • Erie County Bar Association
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