Areas of Professional Practice: 13.00
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including - Ethics: 1.00 Areas of Professional Practice: 13.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 14.0 credit hours. 13.0 hours can be applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirement and is approved for newly admitted and experienced attorneys. 1.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement and is approved for experienced attorneys.
KAMBIZ ELI AKHAVAN is a managing partner of the Akhavan Law Group LLP. He focuses his practice on domestic and international estate, asset protection and tax planning for high net-worth individuals and their families. Mr. Akhavan’s clients include executives, real estate owners and professionals, nursing home operators, professional athletes, entrepreneurs, owners of closely-held businesses and hedge fund and private equity professionals. His practice also includes representing clients in federal and state tax audits. Mr. Akhavan is a widely published author, having written numerous articles for publications such Trusts & Estates, Probate & Property and various other publications. Additionally, he frequently lectures before accountants and financial advisors on asset protection and estate planning topics and also serves as an adjunct professor at St. John's University School of Law teaching International Taxation. He is an honors graduate of Columbia University and earned his J.D. degree and LL.M. degree in taxation from NYU School of Law. He is currently an active member of the American Bar Association's Section of Taxation, the Section of Real Property, Trust & Estate Law and on the International Estate Planning Committee of the New York State Bar Association.
DAVID J. DEPINTO is managing partner at DePinto Law, LLP, where he practices in the areas of trusts, estate planning, asset protection, charitable entities, business and succession planning for closely held businesses, estate and gift taxation, income taxation, elder law, guardianship, probate and administration of trusts and estates, and estate litigation; and also provides representation to guardians, trustees and other fiduciaries. Mr. DePinto is an NYS certified public accountant and a certified elder lawyer certified by the National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the American Bar Association. He is the recipient of the Edith Blum Foundation Award for Excellence in taxation and the Professor's Award for Academic Achievement in taxation. Mr. DePinto earned his LL.M. Master of Laws degree from NYU Law School; his J.D. degree from Brooklyn Law School; his M.S. degree, in taxation, with academic honors, from Long Island University CW Post; and his B.B.A. degree from Hofstra University.
ELIZABETH FORSPAN is the managing attorney of the law firm Ronald Fatoullah & Associates, where she practices in the areas of estate planning, taxation and elder care planning. She regularly assists clients in achieving their Medicaid planning goals in a tax efficient manner through practical and considerate planning techniques. Ms. Forspan often lectures on various aspects of elder care planning, tax law and estate planning for the New York State Society of CPAs and other New York and national organizations. She is a frequent contributor to the CPA Journal and has been quoted in The New York Times. Ms. Forspan was the recipient of the prestigious Max Block Award for Outstanding Article in the Category of Technical Analysis, awarded by the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants’ CPA Journal for her article entitled "Casualty Losses for Property Damaged by Hurricane Sandy." She earned her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Queens College of the City University of New York and her J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law.
STEVEN A. KASS is a solo practitioner in Melville, New York, and for the past 24 years has concentrated his practice in estate planning and elder law, planning for persons with special needs, wills, trusts, and guardianships. He is a certified elder law attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation. Mr. Kass is a member of the Nassau County, Suffolk County, New York State, and American bar associations; as well as the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, National Elder Law Foundation and the Academy of Special Needs Planner. He is also the past president of the Gerontology Professionals of New York. Mr. Kass earned his B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and his J.D. degree and a certificate in health law and policy from Pace University School of Law.
HERMAN MAX LEIBOWITZ is an attorney in New York, who has more than 35 years of experience in the fields wills, trusts, estate planning, and probate. Mr. Leibowitz represents executors, trustees, heirs and beneficiaries. He has a highly successful record of privately resolving family heirship disputes without court intervention. Mr. Leibowitz is court-certified as an Article 81 court evaluator and guardian. He earned his B.S. degree from the City College of the City University of New York and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School. Mr. Leibowitz is a member of The Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the New York State Bar Association.
MARTIN L. LERNER presently serves of counsel to the firm of Akabas & Sproule. For the past 35 years, Mr. Lerner's practice has focused in the areas of wills, trusts and estates, personal tax planning, asset protection, organizing and tax planning for closely-held businesses, business succession planning, estate and probate administration, and post-mortem tax planning. He is a frequent lecturer on estate planning topics. Mr. Lerner is a member of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association; and the Trusts and Estates Law Section of the New York State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice law in New York and California, as well as being a member of the State Bar of Wisconsin. Mr. Lerner earned his J.D. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
STUART H. SCHOENFELD is a partner with the law firm of Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, LLP, where he practices in the areas of elder law and estate planning, business, corporate, and real estate transactions. Mr. Schoenfeld's extensive elder care and estate planning practice includes the preservation of assets for the benefit of chronically ill, developmentally delayed, and elderly individuals; planning and applying for Medicaid; guardianship proceedings; and supplemental needs planning. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Rehabilitation Institute, which provides vocational, educational, and therapeutic services to individuals with disabilities. Mr. Schoenfeld earned his B.S. degree from Brandeis University and his J.D. degree from Hofstra University School of Law.
MICHAEL G. ZAPSON is a partner at Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman LLP. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial and estate litigation, real estate and zoning. Mr. Zapson represents real property owners, national companies, developers, purchasers, REITs, lenders and brokers. He is a member of the Long Beach Lawyer’s Association, the Nassau County Bar Association, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Mr. Zapson is admitted to practice in New York, Washington D.C, and the U.S. District Court for the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York. He earned his B.A. degree from Cornell University and J.D. degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo.