Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC

Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC

Law Firm in Uniondale, NY

Firm Overview

Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker is a full service law firm concentrating in the areas of zoning and land use planning; real estate law and transactions; civil litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts and alternative dispute resolution; environmental law; corporate/business law and commercial transactions; telecommunications law; municipal law and legislative practice; labor and employment; real estate tax certiorari and condemnation; estate planning and administration; and family law.

Main Office

Main Office
333 Earle Ovington Boulevard, Suite 601
Uniondale NY 11553


631-207-1057 Ext. 8

Estate Planning


SAHN WARD COSCHIGNANO & BAKER offers a full array of estate planning services to suit the individual needs of each of our clients, from preparing simple Wills and administration of estates and trusts to sophisticated asset protection and wealth transfer planning. Our practice includes utilizing the latest developments in the law to provide our clients with planning vehicles relevant to their particular needs to achieve their objectives.

Estate planning serves many purposes. On one level, the objective of an estate plan is reducing the tax burden on the estate. On another level, an estate plan allows an individual to determine how their assets will be distributed following their death. While estate planning is often a difficult topic to discuss, most people agree that they would rather make their own decisions about distributing assets and care for minors. The alternative, which occurs with greater frequency than one would think, is for the state to make the decisions concerning asset distribution and care of minors.

Estate Planning is also used to address special situations:
-Providing for and protecting children or spouses in the case of multiple marriages
-Providing for children with special needs
-Protecting against the claims by a child's creditors, or claims arising from a child's divorce
-Providing for a same sex partner
-Charitable giving to existing charitable organizations
-Creating a charitable organization
-Creating various entities as a means to transfer closely-held business interests

It is important to have a Will or estate plan reviewed and, if appropriate, revised every few years, especially for younger families. An old estate plan may not accommodate recent changes to your life, family, or the tax law.

The Firm represents business owners with special concerns regarding succession planning matters and works closely with clients and their advisors to ensure that estate planning is coordinated with all related business ownership and ventures. The Firm can also assist executors or trustees in fulfilling their legal obligations when they do not have the knowledge or experience to do so. Services include probating Wills, assisting with the marshalling and valuing of assets, preparing estate and gift tax returns, distribution or allocation of assets, representation in state or federal estate tax proceedings, trust and estate litigation, etc.

Michael H. Sahn

Sahn Ward Coschignano & Baker, PLLC

Michael H. Sahn is a Member and Partner of the Firm and concentrates his practice in the areas of zoning and land use planning, real estate law and transactions, corporate, municipal and environmental law. He also represents the Firm's clients in all facets of civil litigation.

Michael H. Sahn is a Trustee of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, Manhasset, New York, and a Member of the Community Board of Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, New York. He is also Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals of the Incorporated Village of Flower Hill and serves on the Advisory Board of the Chicago Title Insurance Company. He is a Member of the Nassau County Bar Association and co-chairs the Real Property Law Committee. Mr. Sahn is a member of the Paralegal Studies Program Advisory Committee at Hofstra University's School of Continuing Education, where his focus is on ensuring the continued high quality of the program. He previously served as Chairman of the Administrative Agencies Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association from 1983 to 1985. Mr. Sahn is also a member of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York (WBASNY). He is frequently invited to lecture before professional groups in his areas of expertise.

Mr. Sahn began his legal career as a Deputy Town Attorney of the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County, New York, in 1977. At the Town of North Hempstead, Mr. Sahn served as Counsel to the Board of Zoning and Appeals from 1978 through 1979, and as Senior Deputy Town Attorney in 1979. He then served as Commissioner of Planning and Research Development for the Town of North Hempstead from 1979 to 1981. In 1981, he joined the law firm of Margiotta & Ricigliano in Uniondale, New York, where he served as a partner of the firm. Additionally, from 1984 through 1997, Mr. Sahn served as Associate Counsel to New York State Senator Michael J. Tully, Jr. representing the Seventh Senate District in the New York State Senate. From 1997 to 1998, he served as Associate Counsel to New York State Senator Michael Balboni, also representing the Seventh Senate District in the New York State Senate.

In 2013, Mr. Sahn was selected to the list of New York Metro Super Lawyers. He was recognized in the practice area of Land Use/Zoning.

Mr. Sahn was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 1977, and was subsequently admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in 1978, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York in 1980. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Sahn graduated from The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan with High Distinction and from Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, cum laude.


Indiana University School of Law