James N. Seeley - Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC

James N. Seeley

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007
Phone: 315-218-8141

Jim is a Trust and Estate attorney whose practice has focused on trust and estate planning and administration for over 30 years. He has advised clients regarding the full range of sophisticated estate planning issues and techniques along with the business and related tax issues which frequently are part of sophisticated plans. Jim’s practice concentrates on planning for high net worth clients and frequently involves ownership and management succession planning for owners of closely held businesses. He serves as counsel to several large family offices. In addition, Jim has substantial experience representing beneficiaries in litigated trust disputes.

Jim is a past Chair of Bond's Trust and Estate Department.

Cornell UniversityBS 1975Cornell Law SchoolJ.D. 1979
New York State Bar AssociationOnondaga County Bar AssociationAmerican College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Case History

Estate of John Saxton. —   Early seminal case in New York regarding a trustee''s duty to diversify.  We represented the beneficiaries versus the corporate trust.  The trial verdict awarded damages in excess of 8 figures.  The dispute was settled following a subsequent appeal.

Office Location

One Lincoln Center
110 West Fayette Street
Syracuse, NY 13202-1355
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Syracuse Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Trusts and Estates of the Syracuse Metro Area
James N. Seeley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!James N. Seeley has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Trusts and Estates (Estate Planning, Fiduciary Duties, Litigation, Probate, Tax, Trust Administration)

Other Information

Gender: Male