Michael M. Schimel

Associate
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About 

Michael M. Schimel is an associate in the firm’s Trusts & Estates and Tax Exempt Organizations practice groups.  Michael advises clients on a variety of estate planning, estate administration, and trust and estate litigation matters, including the preparation of wills and trusts, the administration and settlement of estates, and the representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries in contested probate, accounting, and miscellaneous proceedings in the New York State Surrogate’s Court.  In addition, Michael counsels clients on the formation and governance of charitable nonprofit organizations.  

As part of his estate planning practice, Michael advises clients on the estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax.  He works with clients to develop plans that achieve their tax and non-tax objectives, while at the same time minimizing the risk of future estate and trust litigation. 

In estate and trust administration matters, Michael works with fiduciaries to help them comply with their legal obligations, as well as with beneficiaries to safeguard their interests.  He also assists clients with estate and trust related litigation that arises in the course of administration.   

Prior to joining Meltzer Lippe, Michael practiced as a trusts and estates attorney at a full-service New York City law firm and at a boutique trusts and estates firm on Long Island.  He currently serves as a member of the Trusts, Estates & Surrogate’s Court Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

Michael received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Hofstra University School of Law, where he served as an Articles Editor of the Hofstra Law Review.  He earned his LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law.  Michael received his B.A., cum laude, from New York University.

Michael lives on Long Island with his wife, Julie, a psychologist, and their two children.

Bar Admissions 

  • New York State Bar
  • U.S. Tax Court Bar

Education 

  • New York University (B.A., cum laude, 2005)
  • Hofstra University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 2008)
  • New York University School of Law (LL.M., Taxation, 2016)

Affiliations 

  • New York State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Law Section
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Surrogate’s Court, Estates & Trusts Committee, Member
  • New York City Bar Association, Trusts, Estates & Surrogate’s Court Committee, Member
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