MATTHEW B. ABRAMS, an attorney of counsel to the firm, focuses his practice on trusts and estates matters, including estate planning, probate, administration, and Surrogate’s Court litigation. Mr. Abrams provides related services as necessary, including the sale of real estate, development of Medicaid strategies, and limited business and commercial services in connection with members of the firm and other trusted colleagues in their fields. Mr. Abrams was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a New York Metro Rising Star – Estate Planning & Probate for 2015 and 2016.
Mr. Abrams frequently assists individuals and families at every stage of life and planning – preparing for marriage, anticipating children, saving for higher education and retirement, updating and improving existing estate planning documents and structures, counseling generations into advanced healthcare and investment planning, and guiding grieving families through the estate administration process. He advises beneficiaries, legatees, executors, administrators, and trustees on every aspect of fiduciary responsibility and practice. Mr. Abrams is frequently called upon to consult on whether fiduciaries can be removed, held financially accountable, or compelled to act, utilizing his drafting experience to know how the documents should operate; just as often, Mr. Abrams is called upon to review previously drafted and executed documents to aid clients in finding the gaps and pitfalls in their plans, utilizing his litigation experience to note where reality may derail a theoretically ‘perfect’ structure.
Mr. Abrams is a Contributing Author to “The Guide to Moving Mom” (Susan Sells New York – The Susan Bari Company, 2012) and to the blog for ImSorryToHear.com. He is a member of a multi-generational family donor-advised fund at the UJA-Federation of New York specializing in “seed grants” to a variety of individuals and institutions related to religious and secular causes, the arts, domestic and international gender equality, and special needs programs in New York and abroad. He holds the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.