Trusts & Estates Attorneys

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Estate Planning Lawyers

Estate planning is one the easiest of all legal needs to put off until tomorrow. However, it is critical to have a proper estate plan, especially a will, in place to protect yourself, your loved ones and your assets. At Einbinder & Dunn, we help clients take care of pressing legal needs in this area with a comprehensive range of quality services for estates of every size.

Our firm’s trust and estate planning attorneys have been well established for over twenty years. We represent clients in drafting, reviewing and revising estate plans. We also guide estate executors through the probate process and administrators through the administration process, administer trusts and assist in the resolution of estate and trust-related litigation, as is discussed below.

We represent young couples and families formulating their first plan. We map out strategies for successful and wealthy individuals that minimize estate tax risk, protect assets and take care of coming generations. We advise businesses and their owners on business succession plans. What happens to your successful business if something happens to you? We can relieve you of such concerns. We also guide families through the sometimes thorny terrain of planning for the future and handling the needs of an elderly relative.

Specific services offered by our New York law firm’s estate planning lawyers include:

  • Wills;
  • Living wills, health care proxies and powers of attorney;
  • Business succession plans;
  • Trusts for minor children;
  • Revocable and irrevocable trusts (inter vivos trusts, life insurance trusts, qualified personal residence trusts and more);
  • Guardianships;
  • Asset protection and Medicaid planning;
  • Choosing fiduciaries; and
  • Estate tax planning.

Probate and Administration of Estates

When a loved one dies, you need an attorney to handle the personal and property matters of the deceased individual for you. Probate and administration can be a highly complex process, and it is therefore best served by counsel from an experienced attorney. Our probate attorneys have been handling estate probate and administration proceedings since the inception of our firm nearly twenty years ago. Countless proceedings have made us well prepared to handle all aspects of the probate or administration process: martialing assets, paying off debts, transferring and distributing real property and other assets, and handling estate tax returns. We are even equipped to handle unusual, sensitive or complex matters. We have guided many families through the painful process of seeing to the affairs of a deceased loved one, in a manner that affords dignity to both the decedent and the family, while accomplishing what the decedent intended to be accomplished.

We have also represented numerous clients in the Surrogate’s Courts of the State of New York. Our firm has prepared and filed federal and state estate tax returns and has also represented clients in estate and guardianship litigation matters.

Probate and Guardianship Litigation

Sometimes disputes arise involving the administration of an estate or in the management of a guardianship . These disputes can arise in Surrogate’s Court or Supreme Court. Our estate litigation lawyers represent family members, beneficiaries, executors, trustees and others in litigation in those courts. We have extensive experience in representing fiduciaries and claimants in claims relating to wills, trusts and related matters, including:

  • Will and Trust disputes;
  • Claims against fiduciaries; and
  • Contested guardianships.

Guardian and Court Evaluator

Co-founding partner Terrence Dunn has served as both a guardian and a court evaluator in contested proceedings, appointed by the Surrogates of several boroughs. He has represented the interests of incapacitated persons for years at a time, devoting great personal attention to each individual in need of supervision.

Einbinder & Dunn’s estate planning and litigation lawyers have the experience and expertise needed to help you with any matters relating to trusts & estates. Contact us today to discuss what we can do for you.

Recent News

Terrence Dunn represented a national theater chain in the closing of the sale and leaseback of a New York theater property, which included the multi-million dollar reconstruction of the theater in conjunction with a Nassau County IDA tax grant, with financing and ultimate acquisition by a national REIT.

Michael Einbinder & Mackenzie Dimitri successfully moved to compel their adversary to produce tax returns, in a shareholders’ dispute over four related entities, three of which operate franchises in the New York City area. The court ordered Plaintiff in that case to produce the tax returns, or to supply an affidavit stating the documents were not in Plaintiff’s position and provide Defendants with IRS Form 4506 so that Defendants could attempt to procure the tax returns directly from the IRS.

Michael Einbinder and Mackenzie Dimitri successfully defeated a preliminary injunction motion, seeking dispositive relief against their clients, the owners of three quick service restaurant franchises and a related entity. E&D attorneys argued the motion sought relief not sought in the underlying action, and was otherwise legally deficient. Moreover, the facts of the case, even at the preliminary injunction stage, favored E&D’s clients. The court agreed with E&D, holding, critically, that, in addition to being legally insufficient, the opposition could not meet its burden of showing it was likely to succeed on the merits of any of its claims. The court’s opinion adopted E&D’s clients’ statement of the facts and all legal theories.

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