Barbara R H James, Harris Beach Law Firm, attorney, Rochester NY

Barbara R.H. James

D: (585) 419-8618

Rochester, NY
99 Garnsey Road
Pittsford, NY 14534
(585) 419-8800

New York
Cornell Law School
JD, 1979
cum laude
Heidelberg College
BA, 1975
magna cum laude


Ms. James is a member of the firm and the Wills, Trusts and Estates Practice Group. A member of the American College of Trusts and Estates Counsel, and listed in New York Super Lawyers, she focuses her legal practice on estate planning, estate administration, and elder law. Ms. James has extensive experience drafting wills and trusts and in all facets of estate administration, including preparing estate and gift tax returns, probate documents, and estate and trust accountings for both New York and Florida estates. She has a significant elder law practice that includes planning for long-term care expenses, and tax planning for retirement benefits.


Ms. James is a member of the New York State, Monroe County and Florida Bar Associations.  She is also a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and past chair of the Executive Council of the Trusts and Estates Section of the Monroe County Bar Association.  She is a member and former board member of the Estate Planning Council of Rochester.

Ms. James is a Trustee of the Genesee Valley Presbytery, and a member of the Greater Rochester Area Partnership for the Elderly. She is also active with Monroe County Cooperative Extension as a Master Gardener. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Foundation of the Genesee Valley, a past member of the West Irondequoit Foundation, and a past member of the Executive Board of the Seneca Waterways Council of the Boy Scouts of America (where she chaired the Scouting for Food and Clothing project for five years.


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