John joined Meltzer Lippe in July of 2005 and is a partner in the firm’s Trusts & Estates, Business & Real Estate Taxation and Private Wealth & Taxation practice groups. John has over 30 years experience in the trusts and estates field. Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, John practiced law at the New York City law firm of Herrick, Feinstein LLP, where he engaged in estate administration and sophisticated estate planning for high net worth individuals, including chief executives of major corporations. In addition to meeting with clients to formulate their estate plan, John also drafts complex wills, trusts, and other documents in order to achieve their goals.
John is an expert in all phases of estate administration, including probate, the preparation of estate tax and fiduciary income tax returns, and the settlement and accountings of estates, including contested proceedings. John is very adept at counseling families during estate administration, which he knows can be a stressful time for the surviving family members. He also represents clients in complex federal estate and gift tax audits with the Internal Revenue Service.
John obtained his law degree at Brooklyn Law School and then received an LL.M. degree with honors in Taxation from New York University. He has edited and authored several articles on estate planning and administration for Matthew Bender publications. John has also taught estate administration as an adjunct instructor at Adelphi University’s paralegal program.
A lifelong Long Islander, John makes his home in Merrick with his wife, Ellen, and children, Laura and Michael. John and Ellen are active in community affairs, especially with respect to special education programs for children with disabilities.