John F. Leone

John F. Leone

Attorney at Law


716-854-4300 x 243


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Attorney Bio

John F. Leone has practiced over 25 years in the practice areas of pensions, qualified retirement plans, wills, estate planning, estate and trust administration, and residential and commercial real estate. 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, John 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.  

John 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

Professional Association

  • Estate Analysts of WNY
  • Erie County Bar Association (Committees: Surrogate's Court Practice & Procedure, Elder Law Practice & Procedure)

News & Presentations

  • “Tax and Estate Planning for Pension and IRA Assets,” National Business Institute
  • “Elder Law, Medicaid, and Trust Planning,” The Greater Buffalo Memorial Society, Inc.
  • “Marital Deduction/Credit Shelter Planning,” Trusts and Estates Law Section, New York State Bar Association
  • “Selected Issues in Estate Planning,” Women's Club of Orchard Park
  • “Calculating the New York Right of Election,” Practice & Procedure Committee of the Erie County Surrogate’s Court
  • “Common Issues To Be Prepared For in Litigation and Probate,” National Business Institute