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Gail Goldfarb

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Overview

Gail Goldfarb focuses her practice on helping clients meet their estate planning goals and efficiently administering estates in the most tax advantageous manner. She advises on all aspects of estate administration, including post-mortem estate planning, and regularly prepares wills, trusts and various other estate planning documents. Gail also handles estate controversies, including will and trust contests, contested accounting proceedings, proceedings requesting removal of fiduciaries, and proceedings to discover estate assets secreted or withheld. She likewise is experienced in all phases of admitting wills to probate, appointing executors, trustees and estate administrators, and advising on guardianship proceedings.

Gail is intimately familiar with the New Jersey Superior Court’s Chancery Division and the New York Surrogate’s Court rules and practice and has successfully represented clients requesting various types of estate-related relief in the courts. She also facilitates the settlement of potential litigation relating to estate matters without any court involvement and through mediation. Gail advises on intra-family agreements and assists in settling family disagreements that would potentially lead to litigation. In addition, she represents potential guardians for allegedly incapacitated individuals in New York Supreme Court.

As a part of her practice, Gail prepares New Jersey, New York and federal estate resident and non-resident transfer tax returns, and works with estate accountants regarding the preparation of fiduciary income tax returns. She also has successfully resolved New Jersey estate and inheritance tax audits, and New York and Federal estate tax audits. In addition, she handles the formation and application to the Internal Revenue Service for tax exemptions for various types of charitable organizations.

Gail has been very involved with providing pro bono representation to less fortunate individuals, including: unaccompanied minors who have come to the United States illegally to escape gangs and poverty in their homelands; as guardian ad litem in guardianship proceedings for mentally disabled adults; and for rehabilitated individuals who have spent time in jail to secure licenses to work that were initially denied to them. In 2012, she received an award from the New York State Bar Association and New York State Courts Access to Justice Program for her outstanding contributions to Pro Bono and Access to Justice.

Gail was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School where she taught estate planning to J.D. and L.L.M. students.

Pro Bono:

  • Pro Bono counsel with Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) (2011-2013) and Community Service Society (2011-2012)

Activities

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Real Property and Probate Section
  • New York State Bar Associations, Trusts and Estates Section
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Adjunct Professor, New York Law School, teaching estate planning (2010-2014)
  • Member, New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel (2012)
  • Presenter, New York Law School Continuing Legal Education Tax Programs (2010 and 2011)
  • Continuing Legal Education Course, NYSBA Trusts and Estates Section Fall Meeting (2007)

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Education

New York Law School (J.D., summa cum laude, 2003; Editor, New York Law School Law Review)

Queens College, City University of New York (B.A., 1974)

Admissions

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