The Davies Law Firm, P.C.
The Davies Law Firm, P.C. has provided comprehensive estate and tax planning for residents of New
York State since 1993. We have helped thousands of people who are concerned about protecting their
families and loved ones from the devastating legal and financial effects of mental and physical
disability, long-term illness, and death. With the aid of estate planning seminars, articles, and
appearances, we have championed the use of living trusts and other planning methods as proven ways
to protect families from the legal expense and delay of guardianship proceedings, the financial
impact of long-term illness, court and government involvement, and the ravages of income, capital
gains, and estate taxes.
Our law firm has extensive experience in the complex areas of Guardianship, Trusts, Wills, Elder
Law, Medicare, Medicaid, Long-Term Care, Death Probate, Estate Administration, and Tax Law. The aim
of each member of the law firm is to help you accomplish your estate planning goals and take the
mystery out of the planning process.
If you decide to have our law firm help you establish an estate plan, it will be explained in
straightforward language you and your loved ones can understand. Our knowledgeable staff has helped
thousands of people just like you ease the burden on family members and loved ones when disability
and death occur. By establishing an estate plan now, you can relieve your family and loved ones of
needless government interference, attorney’s fees, legal costs, delays in settling your affairs,
and the loss of your hard earned estate. But more important, you will have peace of mind knowing
that you have made it much easier for all concerned.
Frederick P. Davies
Frederick P. Davies is the founder and senior attorney of the Davies Law Firm, P.C., and a noted
speaker on Estate Planning, Living Trusts, Long Term Care, Medicaid and Taxes. He earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Vermont in 1982 and a law degree
(Juris Doctor) from the Syracuse University College of Law in 1985. Following graduation, Mr.
Davies was admitted to practice law in all the state courts of New York and Connecticut. He
is also admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax
Court and the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Western Districts of New
In September 1983, Mr. Davies joined the United States Navy JAG Student Program. After taking
the Bar Exams for New York and Connecticut, Lieutenant (JG) Davies attended Naval Justice School in
Newport, Rhode Island, and was certified as a Judge Advocate (Military Lawyer). In January
1986, Lieutenant (JG) Davies was stationed at Naval Base San Francisco, California, where he began
his estate planning practice and gained extensive trial experience. In 1989, Lieutenant
Davies left active duty, returned home to Central New York, and joined the Naval Reserve, attaining
the rank of Lieutenant Commander.
In 1992, Captain Davies transferred to the New York Air National Guard and served as the Deputy
Staff Judge Advocate for the 174th Fighter Wing at Hancock Field, Syracuse. In 1995, he
transferred to the Connecticut Air National Guard and served as the Headquarters Air Staff Judge
Advocate. In 2002, Lieutenant Colonel Davies transferred back to the New York Air National
Guard and served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Rome, New
In May 2012, Colonel Davies transferred to the United States Air Force Reserve at Joint Base
Andrews, Maryland, and served as the Senior IMA for the Community Legal Services Directorate of The
Judge Advocate General of the United States Air Force. In November 2014, Colonel Davies transferred
to the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School (Air Force Law School) where he served as an
Instructor and the Subject Matter Expert on Estate Planning for the United States Air Force.
Colonel Davies retired from the military on December 14, 2015.
Mr. Davies, upon his release from active duty in 1989, worked for a number of law firms in Central
New York. Wanting to focus his legal practice on Estate Planning, Mr. Davies started the Davies Law
Firm, P.C. in 1993. From simple beginnings, the firm has become one of the prominent law firms in
Central New York focused on Estate Planning, Living Trusts, Estate Administration, Probate, Long
Term Care, and Taxation.
Mr. Davies is a member of the American Bar Association (Wills and Estates Section), the New York
State Bar Association (Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Sections), the National Association of
Insurance and Financial Advisors, and the Estate Planning Council of Central New York. He has
given over 1000 seminars on Estate and Tax Planning, Long Term Care, Medicaid and other Elder Law
issues. Mr. Davies has also been a guest speaker for a variety of groups and organizations
including the AARP – Local Onondaga Chapter, The Adult Education Program of SUNY Utica, The
Carpenters Union Local 747, The First Baptist Church of Rome, The General Electric Elfun Retirees,
Liverpool Public Library, New York State Correctional Facility Employees Association, Niagara
Mohawk Employees, The Prostate Cancer Survivors Group, S.A.G.E., Sennett Seniors, Verizon Employees
Group, The West Genesee Adult Education Program, The Women’s Business Group of Utica, and many
William P. Davies
William P. Davies is a partner at the Davies Law Firm, P.C., and has been employed with the firm
since he was 14 years old. He earned a Bachelor of
Arts in Political Science from the College of Saint Rose in 2013, a law degree (Juris Doctor),
magna cum laude, from Albany Law School in 2016, and a Heckerling L.L.M. (Master’s Degree in
Law) in Estate Planning from the University of Miami Law School in 2017. Mr. Davies is admitted to practice law in all the state courts of
New York and Florida.
Mr. Davies received a full academic scholarship to attend Albany Law School. During his second year of law school he was a member of the Albany
Law Review, where he edited legal research papers selected for publication. During his second semester, Mr. Davies served as a full time
student intern for the Honorable Mae A. D’Agostino, Federal District Court Judge for the Northern
District of New York. He was also awarded a “Sponsler
Fellowship” for placing in the top 10% of his class. As a Sponsler Fellow, he held small group lectures with new
students on best study and work practices for law students in their first semester of law school.
Mr. Davies also served as a peer mentor for first year
In his third year, Mr. Davies was elected an executive editor of Notes & Comments for the
Albany Law Review. His article on New York’s Statutory Power of Attorney was
published in Volume 78 of the Albany Law Review, and cited in McKinney’s Commentary on the New York
Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act §5-1510.
After finishing his law degree at Albany Law School and taking the New York Bar Exam, Mr. Davies
attended the University of Miami Law School to gain specialized knowledge and training in estate
and tax planning, earning an LLM (Master’s Degree in Law). Following graduation, he took the Florida bar exam.
Mr. Davies has spoken at the Adult Abuse Training Institute in Albany New York, on New York’s Power
of Attorney, and for the National Business Institute on the New York State Probate Process. He has
published articles in the Albany Law Review and the Syracuse Law Review, and provided written
materials on adult capacity and Power of Attorney issues for presentation at legal
conferences. Mr. Davies also serves on the Board of Directors for the Estate
Planning Counsel of Central New York.
He is a member of the American Bar Association (Wills and Estates Section), the New York State Bar
Association (Trusts & Estates and Elder Law Sections), the Onondaga County Bar Association, and
the Estate Planning Council of Central New York.
Tristin G. Davies
Tristin G. Davies is
a Legal Assistant with the Davies Law Firm, P.C. She is originally from Vermont. Mrs.
Davies attended the University of Vermont and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English with
a Computer Programming minor. She works primarily in the areas of Real Estate and Estate
Meghan Buchanan is a Legal Assistant with the Davies Law Firm, P.C. She
is originally from Albany, New York. Ms. Buchanan attended Le Moyne College and graduated
with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Crime & Justice. She works primarily
in the areas of Estate Planning and Living Trusts.
Jenna L. Dunsmore
Jenna L. Dunsmore is a Legal Assistant with the Davies Law Firm, P.C.
She is originally from Syracuse, New York. Ms. Dunsmore attended Le Moyne College and
graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Crime & Justice with a minor in
Psychology and a Masters in Business Administration. She works primarily in the areas
of Estate Planning and Living Trusts.
Craig W. Mullins
Craig W. Mullins is a Legal Assistant with the Davies Law Firm, P.C. He is originally
from Cicero, New York. Mr. Mullins attended SUNY Buffalo State and graduated with a
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in History. He works primarily in the
areas of Estate Planning and Living Trusts.
Richard P. Davies
Richard P. Davies is an Administrative Assistant with the Davies Law Firm, P.C. He was born
and raised in Syracuse, New York and is a full time college student. Mr. Davies works
for the Davies Law Firm, P.C. during the summer months and is responsible for the firm's computer
systems and website.