Howard M. Esterces



Partner in the firm’s Trust & Estates, Business & Real Estate Taxation, Tax Exempt Organizations and Private Wealth & Taxation practice groups

Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Fellow of the New York State Bar Association’s Bar Foundation as of December 2015.

Named to Super Lawyers every year from 2009-2018.

Member of the Board of Editors of Practical Tax Strategies.

Former Chair of the Tax Law Committee of the Bar Association of Nassau County; recipient of President’s Award of Bar Association.

Former Chair, District Directors Liaison Committee, Brooklyn District Internal Revenue Service.

Former Member Board of Directors, Nassau County Bar Association.

Howard is a partner in the firm’s Trusts & Estates, Business and Real Estate Taxation and Private Wealth and Taxation practice groups. He is on the Editorial Board of Practical Tax Strategies, has published over three dozen articles which have appeared in Taxation for Lawyers, Taxation for Accountants, The Journal of Taxation, Estate Planning and other national publications and is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Howard is also past Chairman of the Tax Law Committee of the Bar Association of Nassau County, New York, is a recipient of the President’s Award of the Bar Association of Nassau County and is past chairman of the District Director’s Liaison Committee for the Brooklyn, New York District of the Internal Revenue Service.

After receiving an M.B.A. in Accounting and Finance from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business, Howard began his career in business, rather than law, at Curtiss-Wright Corporation (then the pre-eminent manufacturer of aircraft engines) with a group patterned after the “Whiz Kids” of Ford Motor Corporation. He went on from there to the Treasurer’s office of American Standard Corporation. During this period, he also found the time to attend Fordham Law School four nights a week for four years with the goal of enhancing his business career.

After receiving his law degree, Howard changed his plans and joined a prestigious mid-sized law firm in New York City nationally known for estate planning. There, he participated in planning estates for the heads of some of the largest corporations listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Along the way, he also earned an LL.M in Taxation from NYU Graduate Law School.

Today, Howard engages in estate planning for people in every walk of life, including farmers, song-writers, doctors, dentists, retirees, widows and widowers, corporate executives, closely-held business owners, real estate investors and operators, professors, teachers, clergy, heirs, accountants, and fellow lawyers, including the heads of several major law firms.

Howard’s expertise also includes planning for pension and IRA distributions, and he has written and lectured extensively on this subject. He also has been involved in business succession planning and has developed unique ways of making estates legally vanish for estate litigation, asset protection for estate tax purposes.

Howard lives in Great Neck with his wife Joan, who is a retired high school college advisor. He has a son who lives and works on Long Island, and a daughter who is an attorney. He has two granddaughters who are his pride and joy

Bar Admissions 



  • AV-Preeminent
    • Martindale-Hubbell
  • ACTEC Fellow
  • Practical Tax Strategies
    • Board of Editors
  • Nassau Bar Association
    • Tax Law Committee
    • Past Chairman
  • 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009
    New York Super Lawyer
    • Estate Planning