Law Office of Ira M. Kopito

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Firm Overview

Solving family disputes since 1999
The loss of a loved one is a difficult time, and it could be made even worse when a family feud arises over the distribution of the estate. While these issues can tear a family apart, the good news is that there is help available. At the Law Office of Ira M. Kopito, I have been representing clients in Brooklyn, New York in estate litigation, estate administration and surrogate's court practice cases since 1999. My knowledge of New York estate law allows me to get a resolution to your case, no matter how complex, with the bare minimum of stress and heartache. You've already suffered enough; let me take care of your case from here.

Committed to getting results
I know how sensitive this area of the law is and that you need capable legal assistance by your side. While some attorneys dabble in the complex areas of estate law and family issues, this is my sole focus. My concentration on this area of law has allowed me to hone my skills and keep up-to-date on all any changes to the law as they occur. I take pride in my profession, and I offer everyone who comes to me for assistance the benefit of my:
-Acclaimed legal counsel One of my most prized accolades is my AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for my professionalism and ethics.
-Dedication to the Brooklyn community In addition having comprehensive knowledge of New York law, I am thoroughly familiar with the courts of Brooklyn.
-Aggressive attitude Cases involving estates and family strife can be tough to deal with, but I have the demeanor necessary to get you the results you need. I aggressively go after results for my clients and never back down from a fight, no matter how intimidating the opposition may seem.

Areas of practice
I proudly represent clients in my Brooklyn office in the following areas of the law:
-Estate litigation
-Estate administration
-Surrogate's court practice
Main Office

Main Office
32 Court Street, Suite 1805
Brooklyn  NY  11201

Phone
  • 718-834-9200
Estate Planning
Preserving your family's wealth for future generations
Whether you're planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death.
The Law Office of Ira M. Kopito can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:
-Estate planning
-Estate tax issues
-Choosing the appropriate executor
-Guardianships
-Living wills
-Living trusts
-Wills drafting

Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort. I thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death.

A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet making decisions that might not reflect your desires.

I can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Appointment of guardianship
If you have minor children, your will allows you to make decisions about their future care. This is especially crucial if you are a single parent or if both parents die in a common incident. If you do not name a guardian, the court will appoint a guardian for your children and can make decisions adverse to your ultimate parenting goals. You can also make arrangements for your pets' care in your will, including naming a guardian to take responsibility for your pets.

Ira M. Kopito

The Law Office of Ira M. Kopito was opened in June, 1999 with the goal of providing the general public and the bar with prompt, courteous and professional service. The principal of the firm, Ira M. Kopito, has been associate counsel to the Public Administrator of Kings County (Brooklyn, N.Y.) from 1993-1999 and specializes in all Surrogate's Court matters including estate administration, estate planning, kinship issues, estate litigation and will contests.

Ira M. Kopito has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Decedent's Estate Section of the Brooklyn Bar Association for 1999-2000.

Practice Areas:
General Practice; Estate Administration; Estate Litigation; Contested Trusts and Estates; Surrogates Court Practice; Unclaimed Property; Contested Wills; Missing Heir Searches; Elder Law; Residential Real Estate; Real Estate

Admitted:
1993, New York

Law School:
Brooklyn Law School, J.D.

Biography:
Ira M. Kopito has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Decedent's Estate Section of the Brooklyn Bar Association for 1999-2000.

Brooklyn (Vice-Chair, Decedent's Estates Section, 1999-2001), New York County and New York State Bar Associations.

Associate, Hesterberg & Keller, Brooklyn, New York, 1993-1996. Associate Counsel, Public Administrator, Kings County, 1993-1999. Associate, Law Office of Louis Rosenthal, Brooklyn, New York, 1997-1999.

Born:
Brooklyn, New York, October 5, 1967

Languages:
English, Hebrew
Education
  • Brooklyn Law School
    Juris Doctorate
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