Kelly A. McGowan
516-747-0300 Ext. 205
Kelly A. McGowan is an Associate in the Firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Kelly assists individuals and families in the preservation and transfer of wealth by creating estate plans that provide for and protect her client’s loved ones and secure their wealth for future generations. In doing so, she prepares wills, various types of trusts, durable powers of attorney, living wills and health care proxies. In addition to tax planning, Kelly tailors each client’s estate plan for his or her specific needs and goals, including planning for minor children and second marriages. She also creates family companies to preserve control over family assets and counsels individuals on charitable giving, including establishing charitable trusts.
Kelly also advises trustees in their administration of trusts, including amending and decanting irrevocable trusts and handling accounting proceedings. Kelly counsels executors, trustees and beneficiaries in contested probate and contested administration proceedings in Surrogate’s Courts throughout Long Island, New York City and New Jersey. She also advises clients in bringing assets back to the United States from overseas through the Offshore Voluntary Disclosure program with the IRS and New York State.
Kelly received her J.D. from Hofstra University School of Law, where she attended as a Merit Scholar and served as the Managing Editor of Staff of the American College of Trust and Estate (ACTEC) Law Journal and the Vice President of the Moot Court Board. Kelly earned her B.A. in Anthropology and History from Wake Forest University.
Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Kelly served as a legal intern for the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office and the Hofstra Law School Disaster Relief Clinic where she assisted victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Kelly was born and raised on Long Island. In her spare time she enjoys traveling abroad and scuba diving. Kelly is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.