Law Offices of John F. Lang - Judgment, Experience, Dedication

Estate Litigation Practice Description

Our New York Estate Litigation Practice Includes

  • New York Estate Litigation
  • New York Estate Administration
  • New York Probate Litigation
  • New York Trust Litigation
  • New York Will Contests
  • New York Accounting Proceedings
  • New York Fiduciary Proceedings
  • New York Guardianship Proceedings
  • New York Surrogate's Court Litigation

The Best-Laid Estate Plans Do Not Always Succeed.

Your spouse's new will leaves everything to the home health care aide.

Your parents promised you that their will would provide for you.

The trustee of your trust likes to invest in speculative penny stocks.

It does not always work out the way you were told, does it? Sometimes, despite the most painstaking planning by highly qualified professionals—and more often, because of the lack of it—people find that their rights to money and property may be challenged.

Greedy relatives may seek to thwart, at the expense of an intended beneficiary, the intentions of those who created the estate plan.  Trusted fiduciaries prove untrustworthy.  Your present attorney may be with the best firm in town, but a conflict of interest may prevent that firm from suing the financial institution that mismanaged your trust.

Should you find yourself in any of these situations, the earlier you retain an experienced litigator, whose loyalty is only to you, the easier your trust and estate litigation and will contest battles can be.

When You Need An Estate Litigator, Not An Estate Planner

The Jack of All Trades is usually a master of none. An effective tax and estate planner focuses his knowledge and experience in his particular field; we do too.  We do not draft wills, create trusts, or prepare tax returns.  Our focus is on the litigation of trust, estate, and tax matters.

We have handled contested estate matters in the New York, Westchester, and Queens County Surrogate’s Courts and in New York State Supreme Court.  Our practice covers will contests, estate litigation, and a broad spectrum of related financial disputes.  We provide sophisticated representation to heirs, spouses, next of kin, trustees, executors, fiduciaries, estate representatives, beneficiaries, and businesses.

We specialize in resolving controversies through consultation, intensive factual analysis, negotiation, and alternate dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration.  However, if it the situation warrants, we have the expertise for courtroom litigation and trials.  In highly contentious situations, having a respected, formidable, and experienced trusts and estates litigator on your side of the negotiating table may be the key to achieving a fair settlement without costly courtroom battles.    

Large Estates, Reasonable Fees

There is an old cartoon that shows a wealthy industrialist standing before the very large window of his well-appointed office.  His two young sons stand on either side of him, also looking out the window.  Outside the window stretch acres of factories, office buildings,  and warehouses—the well-earned results of a long and successful career.  The cartoon's caption has the industrialist saying to his sons: "Take a good look at what I have built, because some day, when Mom and I die, this will all belong to your lawyers!"

It does not have to be that way.  Sometimes estate controversies are unavoidable.  Human nature cannot be changed.  But it does not follow that controversies involving large estates require armies of high-priced lawyers from huge multinational firms.  There is a better way.

Our rates are roughly half of those charged by the mega-firms.  Our practice is focused on trust and estate litigation (it is most of what our firm does).  Our firm can provide knowledgeable counsel and, if required, aggressive courtroom representation through trial.  Our resources include access to top investigators, highly qualified accountants, and leading estate planning professionals for consultation.  We have in-house corporate and tax expertise.  If a larger team is truly needed, we have arrangements with a number of prominent firms and can custom-build the most suitable and economical team to handle your particular case in whatever forum it is or will be pending.

Please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.  We welcome consulting engagements to assist trust and estate attorneys whose practices do not encompass full-blown litigations.

Our Conflict Resolution Team: A Multidisciplinary Collaborative Approach to Avoiding or Terminating Trust and Estate Controversies

If we didn't like winning trust and estate litigations, we wouldn't be litigators.  But we also like and respect our clients.  Our duty to serve their best interests often dictates that the best course is to settle a dispute and resolve it before it explodes into a pricey, painful, protracted, and public exposure of personal family matters--possibly with an accompanying public relations debacle for a closely-held family business.  Sometimes traditional approaches are inadequate to resolve the dispute.  Even a highly experienced attorney or mediator may find the dispute intractable. He or she may wish that he or she were a psychologist, family business succession expert, and attorney all combined into one person.

We offer our clients the next best thing--our multidisciplinary Conflict Resolution Team that possesses all these skills and is ready to do its best to avoid or terminate troublesome trust and estate litigations.  The team includes not only a highly experienced attorney, but also a noted forensic psychologist (Richard Roth, Ph.D.) and a highly regarded expert on family business succession planning (Richard Raymond). The biographical profiles of Dr. Roth and Mr. Raymond may be found under "Consultants" on this website.

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Law Offices of John F. Lang, PLLC

One Grand Central Place
60 East 42nd Street
Suite 4700
New York, NY 10165

Telephone: (212) 300-0646
Facsimile: (212) 300-0648

Free initial consultation.

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