Lauterbach Garfinkel Damast & Hollander, LLP is regularly called upon to represent individuals and institutional clients who have been appointed executors or trustees for estate administration. Our attorneys offer skilled assistance in helping our clients perform their fiduciary obligations.
Our estate administration and Surrogate Court proceedings legal services include:
- Probate of Wills
- Appointment of an Administrator Where There Is No Will
- Preparation and Audits of Federal and New York State Estate Tax Returns
- Guardianship Issues
- Litigation Representation for Fiduciaries, Estate Beneficiaries and Other Claimants
- Aggressive Advocacy for Will Contests, Contested Accountings, Spousal Right of Election Proceedings and Asset Discovery Proceedings, Kinship Proceedings and Will Constructions.
Our attorneys are known for providing dynamic, strategic representation in Surrogate's Court litigation. Our many contributions in this practice area, and our more than twenty-five years of service as counsel to the Public Administrator of Westchester County in many litigated matters, has been well recognized.
Our Estate Administration and Surrogate Court Proceedings practice is led by Robert Damast and Howard Garfinkel both principal partners in the firm. Our firm has represented clients in numerous contested Surrogate's Court proceedings, trials and hearings. These matters have involved all types of cases such as will contests, trust reformation proceedings, will constructions, fiduciary accountings, fiduciary removal proceedings and kinship proceedings. Robert has been appointed by the Court as a guardian ad litem in various complex matters to represent the interests of minor children or other persons under a legal disability. Both Howard and Robert have represented the Public Administrator of Westchester County in various contested estate matters.