Rivkin Radler, the Uniondale based law firm, is expanding.
The firm announced Tuesday that it had added six attorneys – four of them as partners – who are focused on trusts and estates. With this expansion comes a renaming of the company’s Trusts and Estates practice now known as the Personal, Family & Business Planning Practice Group. These consultants are complemented by 20 other practice groups, including real estate and tax, in the company.
“We welcome our new colleagues at Rivkin Radler,” said Evan Krinick, the company’s management partner, in a statement. “The increasing depth in this area enables us to provide a holistic and highly individual approach to family and business planning. The additions also give us an impressive tax practice. “
With this rebranding, the company is promoting its ability to serve its corporate and institutional customers whose employees need trust and estate planning. This includes families seeking wills advisers, health care professionals, and powers of attorney when life situations change, resulting in regular revisions. This also includes expertise in asset formation with advice on tax planning and asset protection. And it provides retirement guidelines with advice on proper planning to ensure legacies are carried out.
Louis Vlahos from Port Washington is one of the new partners. He has over 30 years of experience in corporate, individual, personal and non-profit income taxation, and estate and gift taxation, including mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, tax planning, regulatory proposals and tax disputes. His clients include individuals, closely run corporations, private foundations, and cultural institutions.
“Joining Rivkin Radler was not an easy decision,” said Vlahos, who partnered with three of Farrell Fritz’s lawyers, in a statement. “However, the company’s culture of collegiality and camaraderie, coupled with its excellent reputation for customer service, made it perfect for me and my colleagues.”
Huntington’s Jean Hegler also joined as a partner. For over 30 years she has concentrated on the areas of estate, gift and trust taxation, estate planning and administration, and planning of earlier law. She represents wealthy individuals, trusts, estates, family businesses and foundations in sophisticated tax planning and administration. Hegler is the author of Wills: Structure, Design & Settlement Under New York State Law, which is used as a textbook by more than 20 colleges and universities.
“My customers will appreciate the depth that a bigger company like Rivkin Radler offers,” Hegler said in a statement.
Hagler joined the company after their previous partnership broke up and brought along a colleague, Maureen Glackin. “In addition to the collective depth of experience, knowledge and talent in the areas of tax and estate planning, my clients have other legal needs that can be well served here.”
Patricia Marcin of Lloyd Harbor joined as a partner. She focuses on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and taxes. Her job includes preparing wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents, as well as all phases of estate administration, including analyzing and reviewing estate and trust tax issues, as well as administrative and legal issues in each estate. Marcin is Trustee of the Board of Directors of Northwell Health Huntington Hospital and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Long Island Community Foundation.
Joseph LaFerlita of Locust Valley joined as a partner. He practices fiduciary and estate law, with a focus on estate planning, estate and trust administration, and tax disputes. He advises individual design clients, beneficiaries, trustees of individuals and corporations, and nonprofits, including public charities and private foundations, on a variety of estate and trust matters. LaFerlita is the secretary and board member of the Nassau County Estate Planning Council.
Bernadette Kasnicki of Garden City joined as an attorney. She focuses on tax and corporate law. She advises corporate clients on a range of tax issues relating to corporations, LLCs, partnerships, public charities, and private foundations. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation and the Child Care Council of Nassau.
Huntington’s Maureen Glackin joined as an associate. She focuses on sophisticated estate planning for individual customers, estate and gift taxation, and estate and trust administration. Glackin’s experience includes advising wealthy individuals on creating and managing estate plans to minimize and avoid estate taxes, including creating wills and trusts, advising scholars and trustees on decanting complex trusts, and advising trustees on managing complex estates and trusts.
The expansion comes at a time of continued growth for the company that includes moving to larger office space in offices in Albany, New York City and New Jersey. The company has also added partners over the past two years.