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New York Estate Attorney With a Record of Client Satisfaction and Fast Results

Albert Goodwin, Esq. is a leading New York wills, trusts, estates and elder law attorney who consistently achieves superior results, is widely praised by his clients and is respected in the legal community.

Our law firm has helped hundreds of people just like you. We have secured millions of dollars for our clients. We can use our knowledge and experience to help you preserve your estate and pass it on to the next generation.

We have a few changes and recommendations related to the coronavirus:

  • We are mostly working remotely, through phone, remote meeting software, email and mail.
  • New York State temporarily authorizes remote notarization and remote execution of all legal documents, including wills, trusts and estate litigation documents. You can get in touch with us to discuss the details of how we can make your will or trust, probate your loved one’s estate or litigate a lawsuit remotely and without contact.
  • The courts are mostly working remotely. This translates in longer waiting times for all legal matters, including probate and estate.
  • Because the court waiting times are so much slower, it is even more imperative to create a trust, in order to avoid the probate process, which is now more lengthy than ever.
  • It is more important than ever to create a power of attorney for an event of disability, so that your loved one can make financial decisions for you.
  • It is also important to create a health care proxy, to designate a loved one to make decisions for you in case you will no longer be able to make decisions for yourself due to illness.
  • If you need an emergency will, power of attorney or healthcare proxy, or you need to apply for emergency Medicaid, we can have an emergency plan set up quickly.

You can get in touch with us and set up an emergency estate plan or start a court proceeding. It will be done safely, remotely and without contact.

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Practice Areas

Estate Litigation

Do you suspect that you are getting short-changed on your rightful inheritance? Have a feeling that the Executor is mishandling the estate? You may need a New York, NY estate lawyer if you feel any of the following:

If you are having issues with an estate, call us today at 212-233-1233 and discuss what we can do to get your rightful share of the inheritance.

Estate Planning

As experienced New York estate planning lawyers, we recommend wills for younger clients and trusts for middle-aged and older clients. Wills are great because they are relatively quick and easy to make. Trusts are great because they can help you qualify for Medicaid, avoid the courts, and control what happens to your money after your death. Find out more about estate planning:

  • How do I make sure the court is not going to void my will? You have to execute the will properly, with the assistance of an estate planning attorney.
  • Why do I need a lawyer to make a will? A will is presumed to be executed correctly if an attorney supervised the will execution. Not so when you make the will yourself.
  • Should I make a trust? We recommend trusts for most middle-aged and older clients. Trusts help you avoid the delays and hassle of probate, protect your assets from creditors and predators, help you be flexible in whom you give your property to and when, and can help you qualify for Medicaid.
  • How do I plan for a disabled child? Most disabled children would need a Special Needs Trust in order to keep qualifying for government benefits such as Medicaid.
  • How do I plan for my disability? The best way to plan for your own disability is to create a power of attorney that is effective at a later time and a trust.

Probate

Albert Goodwin, Esq. is a New York probate lawyer who helps administrators and executors close out and settle estates. Our knowledge of the court system allows us to close and settle matters in New York Surrogate's Court without unneeded expenses and delays. Here is some information about probating an estate:

  • How probate works. There are specific steps that need to be taken in the probate process. The executor needs to file the correct documents with the court, notify all necessary parties, pay valid creditors, obtain waivers from beneficiaries and distribute the estate. As a probate attorney, Albert Goodwin can help you through every step of that process.
  • A sample timeline for probate. Every part of probate takes time. An experienced probate attorney can help you minimize the amount of time it takes
  • What do I need to do when someone dies? There are specific steps that need to be followed after someone dies.
  • Probate FAQ We answer the most commonly asked questions about probate

If your loved one died and you need legal representation in probating their estate, give us a call at 212-233-1233.

Executor Defense

Being an executor can feel like there's a target on your back. Albert Goodwin is a New York estate lawyer who can help you get your peace of mind back.

Are the beneficiaries accusing you of cheating them? Are they challenging the will? Estate lawyer NYC - we can help you fight back.

If you are an executor and the beneficiaries are creating problems for you, give us a call at 212-233-1233 and we can see how we can help you resolve the situation.

Guardianship

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.

Medicaid

We help clients legally qualify for certain types of Medicaid through the use of trusts and other advanced Medicaid Planning techniques. Trusts help our clients qualify for Medicaid as well as achieve other benefits such as avoiding probate and keeping the inheritance in the immediate family.

Call us today at 212-233-1233 and we can determine if we can help you qualify for Medicaid.

Client Reviews

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  • Avatar carl straker ★★★★★ a month ago
    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 … More 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!
  • Avatar SUVin ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Mr. Goodwin is professional, knowledgeable, honest, persistent, compassionate and responsive - isn't this the definition of a good lawyer! He's very meticulous and down to the point , always ready to explain things in great … More detail, so at all times I had clear understanding of the case status and the steps to be taken next.
    Immediately after our initial conversation - as I was still "shopping" for an attorney to handle an Estate case - my search for a lawyer was over - based on how that conversation went I knew right away that I found one whom I can trust and whom I can rely on to get the case to the desirable outcome. never even once through the case I had any regrets of that decision - just in contrary I consider myself lucky to have hired Mr. Goodwin.
    I deeply appreciate all his work on my case, his legal advise and all his guidance.
  • Avatar Lawrence Hawk ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    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 … More 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.
  • Avatar M Burdo ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    Very impressed with his willingness to take time to answer questions for someone who is not yet a client. Seemed very knowledgeable. Easy to talk to, helpful and no pressure. If we pursue our case, we will definitely be back in touch … More with him
  • Avatar Erik B Christensen ★★★★★ 5 months ago
    We needed a simple Last Will & Testament and responded to a card we received thru USPS. Our phone call was received very professional and time were quickly arranged to suit our requirements. Preliminary information were exchanged via … More email contact and all preparations were thoroughly explained. by Mr Albert Goodwin, who took the necessary time to explain all the information we needed to complete the required Last Will & Testament. We will certainly return to Mr Albert Goodwin, again for any adjustment that may be required to update the documents in the future.
  • Avatar Sergey Vinokur ★★★★★ a year ago
    I am an out of state resident, and needed legal representation in regards my recently deceased brother's estate in NYC.
    To begin with, out of all attorneys I have spoken to initially, while "shopping" for legal representation
    … More in NY, Mr. Goodwin was the most competent, through, helpful and responsive right from the first conversation we had on the phone. So, naturally it was my immediate decision to hire him, dismissing all considerations of the lawyers I already spoken to at that time and eliminating any need for me to look any further.
    Ultimately I am happy to say that this first impression I had of Mr. Goodwin has been proven to be 100% correct: he's a great lawyer My case was handled from start to the conclusion with the utmost professionalism and thoroughness. All and any questions I had were being answered by Mr. Goodwin promptly and with great clarity. Despite the fact my situation turned out to be not as simple as an "open and shut" case as it may have appeared in the beginning on the surface, it has been fully resolved to my satisfaction and comparatively quickly - much faster than I initially expected.
    Mr. Goodwin, thank you so very much for your professionalism and compassion!
  • Avatar Sash ★★★★★ a year ago
    Mr. Goodwin has exceeded my expectations with his professionalism and effectiveness. He’s always there to answer your questions and help you throughout whatever the process may be. He’s knowledgeable and honest. He made me feel comfortable … More and safe, during a time where I found my self so confused, lost and scared.
  • Avatar Carly Reid ★★★★★ a year ago
    Expert advice and attention to detail and always available for communication Mr. Goodwin helped with what seemed like an insurmountable task. With patience knowing it was a marathon and not a sprint we got it done. Forever thankful!
  • Avatar julian watson ★★★★★ a year ago
    its was truly a pleasure working with MR..GOODWIN. everything was done on a timely matter. very professional. highly recommended.thks again for a job well done.
  • Avatar John Dough ★★★★★ a year ago
    I am not a client, however, I called in regards to a personal matter in need of legal consultation. Mr. Goodwin answered the phone promptly and thoroughly answered all of my questions. I could not have asked for more and appreciate the … More professionalism. If I happen to hire a lawyer for this matter it will be Mr. Goodwin...

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 City estate 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.

Read our articles (PDF) here: Will Contests in New York: An Overview (PDF) and Three Crucial Steps in New York City Estate Planning.

If you are looking for a New York City estate attorney, contact Albert Goodwin, Esq. Give us a call at (212) 233-1233.

We look forward to securing your estate for generations to come.

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by Russell Kivatisky, Ph.D. on New York City Estate Lawyer Albert Goodwin, Esq.

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. Russell Kivatisky, Ph.D.

by Mrs. Michele Hines Diaconescu. on New York City Estate Lawyer Albert Goodwin, Esq.

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.
I was devastated at the loss of my a strained yet very loved husband.
I spoke to some attorneys in the state of North Carolina where I reside however I was informed that they were unable to take the case as my husband's estate was in New York, therefore I would have to acquire a New York attorney.
I went on the internet and just prayed that the lord would bless me with a good attorney, I was blessed with not just a good attorney but a great one.
A tearful frantic call to a busy Albert Goodwin, who to my surprise answered his phone, after all it was after hours but this man was still there, upon hearing my situation told me he would move some things around and would be happy to take my case, I think he disliked the way I was being treated.
This is a great firm they helped me every step of the way even though I lived out of state.
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.
I will never forget Mr. Goodwin's last words to some people we will not name, "After All She Is His Wife"
Thank you for everything.
Mrs. Michele Hines Diaconescu.

by Valerie Kahn on New York City Estate Lawyer Albert Goodwin, Esq.

He took a case that another lawyer refused to take and got us a settlement. Very happy with his abilities as a lawyer.

by Lawrence Alexander on New York City Estate Lawyer Albert Goodwin, Esq.

Mr. Albert Goodwin, Esq., represented me as the beneficiary of a trust. This very complicated & difficult issue had been unresolved 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 & beyond to win. I highly recommend his services.

by Howard Tom on New York City Estate Lawyer Albert Goodwin, Esq.

Mr. Albert Goodwin, Esq. does your legal matters correctly the first time. He does his legal work in a very effective and sensitive way. In my case the legal work was for a will, health care proxy and power of attorney. He has become the go-to-man for me to find an appropriate lawyer- an additional great benefit of our professional relationship. I recommend Mr. Albert Goodwin, Esquire highly.