Our Practice

Practice Areas


  • Land Use
  • Real Estate Law
  • Elder Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Corporate and Business Law
  • Wills, Trusts, and Estates
  • Debt Collection
  • Matrimonial Law

Our Approach


At William J. Better, P.C., we specialize in bringing the law to your corner. We are dedicated to understanding what results you want and to helping you understand what actions we can take on your behalf. We will work with you every step of the way to make sure that you understand the choices you are making and feel empowered to make them.

Our Team


William J. Better, Esq.


Bill was born and raised in Columbia County, where he would go on to open his own law firm. He graduated from the College of Saint Rose before obtaining his Juris Doctor from Western New England School of Law. In his 35+ year career, Bill has practiced in many areas, including land use, business litigation, civil litigation, collections and more. He has also acted as both a lender's and bank counsel for top 10 financial institutions.

Bill has also held various municipal positions in the area with the town of Valatie, Columbia County, and the Town of Kinderhook. His most recent role is the Assistant Attorney for Columbia County Department of Social Services.


Joseph D. Clyne, Esq.


Joe is an associate attorney at William J. Better, P.C. where he focuses on varying aspects of the litigation practice. He graduated from Fordham University with a Bachelors Degree in English and then went on to obtain his Juris Doctor from Albany Law School. Joe is licensed to practice law in the State of New York and the State of Florida.

Prior to joining William J. Better, P.C., he had experience with workers' compensation law and criminal prosecution. Joe has practiced before the Supreme Courts in Albany, Rensselaer, and Columbia Counties, the New York State Workers' Compensation Board, and the Appellate Division for the Third Department. He has also argued an appellate case in front of the Third Department representing Columbia County DSS and won.

Deborah A. Berlin

Deborah joined the William J. Better, P.C. team in December of 2009 as a Legal Receptionist.  In the years that followed, she worked with various attorneys in the firm within the fields of Real Estate, Estate Planning and Estate Administration, Civil Litigation, Motor Vehicle and Traffic matters, as well as Landlord Tenant, Intellectual Property, and Matrimonial matters.  Deborah is now the Law Practice Administrator.  She has been a licensed New York State Notary for over 20 years.

Her extracurricular involvement includes: Member of the Art School of Columbia County and Approved Foster for the National Great Pyrenees Rescue.  She is a mother of two and enjoys painting and spending time with family and friends.

Additional Staff

The backbone of our team is our wonderful support staff.  Our Law Clerk, Paralegals, and Legal Receptionist work diligently each day to provide exceptional and timely service and we greatly appreciate their dedication and expertise.