Chianese & Reilly Law, P.C. is a full service, Long Island based law firm with over 25 years of experience and dedication to the tri-state area. Practice areas include matrimonial and family law, malpractice and personal injury litigation, real estate, trusts and estates and LGBT family and estates law.
Anthony M. Brown, Esq. – Anthony currently is a senior associate with the law firm of Chianese & Reilly Law, P.C., heading their LGBT Family and Estates Law division serving married and unmarried individuals, couples and families in Manhattan and on Long Island. Anthony is the Board Chairman of Men Having Babies, a non-profit organization created to assist gay men looking to create families through surrogacy with educational and financial assistance. Anthony was the Executive Director of The Wedding Party and was a Board member since its inception in 1999. The Wedding Party was a non-profit educational organization that educated the public about marriage and its importance to all citizens through outreach programs and strategic media placement. Anthony is the founder of TimeForFamilies.com, a web environment dedicated to assisting gay and lesbian couples create their own families. Anthony is also a legal consultant for Family By Design, a co-parenting information and matching website.
Anthony worked as a legal intern for Lambda Legal in the summer of 2002. While there he helped to prepare briefing for the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas and his research was quoted specifically in Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s concurring opinion. Anthony also worked as a law guardian at The Children’s Law Center, representing the legal needs of children in Brooklyn Family Court. Anthony graduated from Brooklyn Law School, where he served as research assistant to Nan Hunter, the founder of The Gay and Lesbian Project at the ACLU. Anthony is a member of The Family Law Institute of the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New York County Lawyers Association and the committee for assisted reproduction of the American Bar Association. Anthony and his husband were the subjects of CNN’s, “In America, Gary and Tony Have a Baby,” a 2010 documentary about their journey of having a child through surrogacy.
New York, NY
A Practice That Focuses on People
Everyone needs a power of attorney, a health care proxy and a living will. Most people need a will. Some also need trusts, or have particular concerns, such as literary property, philanthropic planning, valuable collections, prenuptial agreements, or loved ones with special needs. The estate tax and gift tax laws have also changed dramatically in recent years, and we can develop a strategy that is appropriate to your situation. Whether a client’s needs are simple or unusual, we conduct a highly individual process to craft a customized solution.
Probate and Estate Settlement
When someone close to you dies, it’s important to settle the estate efficiently, to navigate a complex structure of state and federal laws, to make vital technical decisions, and to maintain good relations among all the parties involved. Our experience with complex estates and our continual development of best practices help to ensure the smoothest and most economical process possible. We have particular experience handling estates for families outside the local area, keeping everyone involved and informed as we pull everything into order. We are in the New York probate courts every day and know how to get it all done.
Ron spent the first seven years of his career working on big-scale real estate deals, including the Times Square redevelopment and the creation of the High Line. And while the scale of your condo, coop or home transaction may be smaller, the complexity is the same, and the stakes, for you, are just as high. We know what problems can arise in the process, and we’ve developed a range of contract provisions that will protect you against them. We will not only advocate for you, we will guide you through a complicated process so that you know what’s coming at each stage, and so that all the pieces will fall into place. And we still do commercial work, on business leases and multi-family homes.
Your Personal Attorney
With our core skills in estate and real estate matters, we constantly encounter a wide range of related issues. We deal with many kinds of tax issues. We write, negotiate and review all kinds of contracts – between employers and employees, business partners, spouses or domestic partners. We form corporations and prepare operating agreements for many kinds of small businesses. We negotiate disputes, avoiding litigation where possible, and managing actions in court where necessary. We are not experts in everything, and we don’t try to be. But we are the go-to team for a lot of repeat clients, and we care about each client deeply. Whatever you need for your personal and small business matters, we can either provide the help, or find the help, that you need.
Originally from the Jersey Shore, Ron Meyers earned his B.A. at Columbia University (1992) and his law degree from Harvard University (1999). He was admitted to practice in New York in 2000 and is a member of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations, including the state bar’s section on Trusts & Estates. Ron has focused his practice on estate planning and estate settlement for several years, though he began his career working on major commercial real estate transactions, and continues to provide services on residential purchases and sales, as well as commercial leases and business agreements.