We are an estate-focused law firm in New York, NY. We have been helping people receive and preserve their rightful inheritance since 2008. We consistently achieve superior results, are widely praised by our clients and are respected in the legal community.
We are involved in determining what happens with a person’s property after they die. We perform a variety of functions, depending on the stage of the estate process, who we represent, what legal documents are involved and the relationship between the person who died and their family and friends.
Our law firm has helped hundreds of people just like you. We have secured millions of dollars for our clients. We help people recover and protect what is rightfully theirs.
During a person’s lifetime, we help them make sure that their estate is left to the people they want in the most efficient and tax-effective manner.
After a person dies, we help their loved ones deal with their estate. Most of the time this process is uncontested and we call it probate. Sometimes this process is contested, which is estate litigation.
Our attorneys have a wide range of experience in high-stakes inheritance litigation involving high net-worth estates.
Whether you are a beneficiary and you feel that you are being short-changed or you are a fiduciary and you feel that you are being wrongly accused, we have the experience to help you win. We represent clients in high-stakes contested estate litigation matters such as:
- prosecuting will contests
- defending will contests
- prosecuting trust contests
- defending trust contests
- preparing estate accountings
- challenging estate accountings
- establishing kinship
- kinship disputes
- proceedings to disqualify or remove an executor or trustee
- spousal elective share
- omitted spouse
- omitted child
- non-marital child
- claims against an estate
- contested joint accounts
- disagreements over difficult to valuate assets
- disputes between siblings over estate matters
- disputes over ownership and control of inherited companies and real estate
When someone is left out of a will, our work is to either defend the will or help the left-out person to contest the will. If defending a will, our job is to prove to the court that the will was made correctly and the person making the will had the mental capacity to make one. If contesting a will, our job is to prove to the court that the person who died either did not have the mental capacity to make a will, was unduly influenced into making a will, or the will was not made correctly.
If a beneficiary of an estate suspects that the executor is mismanaging assets of the estate or stole something from the estate, even before the death of the decedent, our task is to either defend the actions of the executor or contest the actions of the executor, depending on who is our client. If we are contesting an accounting, we first help the executor to file an accounting and then claim that items are missing or expenses are unnecessary. If we represent the executor, our job is to help them prepare an accounting and to defend the contents of the accounting and actions of the executor.
Sometimes there is a need to prove to the court that a person is related to the person who died. This typically happens when a person died without a will and their nearest surviving relatives are cousins. It also happens when someone is questioning a person’s relationship to the person who died.
When we act as an estate planning law firm, we write up the documents that determine what happens to a person’s property after their death. An estate planning lawyer’s function is to set up what is referred to an estate planning package, which may include a will, a trust, a power of attorney, what we refer to in New York as a health care proxy, and a living will.
We would talk to the client and see what they want to happen to their estate after their death, and will then draft the appropriate documents and make sure that the person making the plan signs the estate planning documents correctly, all the formalities required for the documents are followed, and all of the documents that need to be filed are filed in the appropriate government agency.
When we act as an estate planning law firm, we represent the people involved in the probate process. The probate process is a court proceeding to determine if a deceased person’s will is valid. Most probate proceedings are uncontested, meaning that the estate lawyer would simply submit an application to admit the will to probate and notify everyone involved, the judge would review the petition and the will gets admitted to probate, meaning that the executor nominated by the will gets appointed to be the executor. We would then counsel the executor on carrying out their duties correctly and timely.
If an estate lawyer was not involved until a person died, and the person died without a will, the court proceeding where it gets decided what happens to their assets after their death is called “estate administration.” In estate administration cases, we help one of the relatives of the person who died become the administrator of the estate. We put together the estate administration petition and other appropriate documents and submit the documents to court. After the relative gets appointed as the estate administrator, we counsel the administrator in carrying out their duties in accordance with the law.
As guardianship attorneys in New York City, we get involved when there is a question of an older person not being able to make life decisions. Whether you are considering guardianship for a loved one who is no longer able to manage their own affairs, or if you need to oppose a guardianship that doesn’t seem right, we are here to offer caring and effective legal support.
We set up Medicaid plans to help people qualify for Medicaid.
Welfare Fraud Defense
We’ve helped many families being accused of Medicaid fraud and SNAP fraud. Our clients are typically accused of not reporting income or not reporting the man of the household on their application and recertification for welfare benefits.
Do you suspect that you are getting short-changed on your rightful inheritance? Have a feeling that the Executor or Trustee is not fulfilling their duties? You may need a New York, NY estate and trust litigation lawyer if you feel any of the following:
- You have grounds to prove that the will is a fraud. The person who made the will was tricked into making it.
- You believe the executor is stealing from the estate, and you want to get the money back.
- You have basis to remove the executor due to misconduct.
- You are a spouse who was cut out of the will, and you want to receive my portion of the inheritance to which I am entitled by law.
- The executor is claiming that you are not a relative, and you a relative and you have proof.
Being a fiduciary can feel like there's a target on your back. We are estate and trust litigation lawyers who can help you get your peace of mind back.
Are the beneficiaries accusing you of cheating them? Are they trying to contest the will or trust? As experienced estate and trust lawyers in New York, NY, we can help you fight back.
- You need to defend a will contest. The will is executed correctly and made without any undue influence and the person who made the will had the capacity to make the will.
- Beneficiaries are unjustly accusing you of taking advantage of the estate. I did not do anything wrong.
- You have to provide a compulsory accounting because the beneficiaries are compelling me to do so through the court.
Albert Goodwin, Esq. is a New York guardianship lawyer who can help you establish a guardianship for a loved one or defend against a guardianship that you feel is being forced on your loved one.
You may need an estate plan more than you think. For example, if you are planning to leave your property to your wife and kids, you may not even need a will because they would get your property anyway - half to the wife and half to the kids. But what if you want all of your property to go to your wife? Then you need a will. And what if you want your wife to use the property during her lifetime and then the property to go to your kids? Then, my friend, you need a trust. Here is what an estate planning lawyer can help you achieve:
If you received a letter from the Bureau of Fraud Investigations, we can represent you in your defense and protect your rights. And if you would like to qualify for Medicaid, we may be able to help you by using the following techniques:
Albert Goodwin is an experienced New York estate lawyer who has successfully represented clients all over NYC. He is your local estate lawyer near me - he has experience in all parts of the city and beyond, including New York County (Manhattan), Kings County (Brooklyn), Bronx County, Queens County, and Richmond County (Staten Island). He has also successfully litigated estates in Nassau County and Suffolk County in Long Island, as well as in Westchester County (the White Plains court).
Resources for New York Estate Attorneys - If you are a New York attorney who is looking for a specific form or for guidance in representing a client in an estate case, you may be able to find it here. We are also available as co-counsel and are ready to step in as a trial lawyer on short notice if necessary.
Albert Goodwin, Esq.
- a month ago
I highly recommend Albert’s firm to anyone looking for legal representation in a New York estate litigation matter. He and his associate, Katrina, have a powerful synergy and are doubtless among the very best of the best in the city. I felt well-represented every step of the way at Albert’s firm and could not have asked for a better attorney-client relationship.
Albert gracefully agreed to take on my matter as a transfer-in from another firm, was efficient in getting up to speed, and brought it to a successful conclusion. His and Katrina’s ability to handle a mountain of work in such a tight time frame is nothing short of incredible. I would have picked Albert’s firm in a heartbeat to represent me from the beginning if I had to do it all over again. The fees were beyond reasonable, especially given his firm’s deep and demonstrable commitment to high-quality work product.
One thing I particularly appreciated as a client was Albert’s quick, cost-effective answers whenever I had a question. I tried not to bombard him with questions, but whenever they naturally came up, he always got back to me right away. He will not sugarcoat anything for you and will make his analyses of your matter crystal clear.
On a more personal note, Albert is an all-around great and witty guy who made this litigation a much more pleasant experience for me. I will always be thankful for his and Katrina’s tireless work on my case.
- Albert Goodwin is one of the most professional, knowledgeable, responsive, and honest attorneys I know. I had been searching for an attorney to set up a trust for my family and after I called him, he explained the entire process to me in detail. It was this phone call that made me realize that I had the best person for my estate planning services. If you need an attorney to handle all of your estate planning issues, DO NOT hesitate to call Albert Goodwin. He is a great attorney and a better person. Mr. Goodwin, thank you for your services!
- Mr. Albert Goodwin represented me as the beneficiary of a trust. This very complicated & difficult issue had been resolved for 24 years! I finally received my rightful share, only after Mr. Goodwin used his intelligence, observational skills & foresight to win. He has excellent morality…..something sadly missing in most people in the 21st Century. I am thankful & grateful I hired Mr. Goodwin as my attorney. He went above and beyond to win. I highly recommend his services.
My husband died in Australia on a scuba diving vacation that turned out to be to much for his heart, leaving a substantial estate. Before I was aware of what was going on his sister rushed in naming herself next of kin, claiming that her brother was divorced attempting to cheat me out of my inheritance. Mr. Goodwin took control of this situation we became a team, he requested documents once he had those documents my worries were over, soon I was executive of my husbands estate executing his wishes as I know he would have wanted. Thank you for everything.
During a long, drawn-out estate settlement, I was very fortunate to have Albert Goodwin as my attorney. He is extremely competent, straightforward, and very effective. Albert was my confidant and legal guide as he tackled my case. I always felt that he was looking out for my interests and giving me sound advice. Prior to Albert’s involvement, my case had come to a halt. He moved it along and brought it to a satisfying conclusion. I attribute my eventual success solely to Albert’s actions. I greatly appreciate all that he did for me.
He took a case that another lawyer refused to take and got us a settlement. Very happy with his abilities as a lawyer.