At Lauterbach Garfinkel Damast & Hollander, LLP, our experienced attorneys utilize decades of experience, proven legal skills and access to a network of affiliated professionals to carry out our clients' estate planning and wealth transfer goals and needs. Our counsel has benefitted many clients in the planning of their lifetime and testamentary transfer of assets. An important part of our efforts is directed to clients who own businesses, with an emphasis on strategic succession planning.
Lauterbach Garfinkel Damast & Hollander, LLP works with estates of all sizes and complexity, delivering quality legal services that address:
- The Drafting and Review of Wills, Living Trusts, Life Insurance Trusts, Grantor Trusts, Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, Gifting and Discounting Techniques and Family Limited Liability Partnerships
- Business Succession
- Retirement and Elder Law Planning
- Powers of Attorney and Healthcare Proxies
Our attorneys extend maximum availability and responsiveness to our clients trust and estate matters of all kinds. We listen carefully to your description of your unique needs and provide valuable advice geared towards accomplishing your specific objectives and provide efficient estate planning that can result in significant tax savings for our clients.
The firms trusts and estates practice is headed by Managing Partner Howard Garfinkel together with Jeffry Hollander and Robert Damast who offer almost a century of cumulative experience. The firm provides guidance to its clients in the areas of estate and tax planning, elder law planning and estate administration. Howard Garfinkel is also the author of 'The Guide to New York Estate and Inheritance Law.' The firm is a strong proponent of avoiding the expense and time involved in probate surrogates court proceedings and estate tax minimization or elimination through the utilization of Revocable and Irrevocable Trusts, lifetime gifting techniques and limited liability companies.
The firm is also able to develop powerful postmortem Estate planning techniques and elections in scenarios where a person has not planned his/her estate prior to death. Simultaneously, the firm will recommend estate planning for the surviving spouse to realize the legacy goals and tax saving objectives of the surviving spouse and children.
The firm has extensive experience in the probate of Last Wills and Testaments, in Surrogates Court Administration proceedings, fiduciary administration and in estate and trust litigation.