Stapper & Van Doren

Stapper & Van Doren

Experienced legal representation to New York and international clients since 1976

Firm Overview

For 35 years, the experienced legal team at Stapper & Van Doren has helped businesses and individuals solve their legal problems and plan for the future. Based in the prominent Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan, Stapper & Van Doren has built a superb reputation for providing New York City and international clients with exceptional legal counsel. Law firms throughout the United States and abroad frequently refer clients to our knowledgeable attorneys. We are available to help you with issues regarding:
-Estate planning
-Estate administration
-Taxation law
-International taxation law
-Business law
-Commercial law
-Residential real estate

Personalized attention that successfully achieves your goals
The dedicated lawyers at Stapper & Van Doren recognize that each case is unique and formulates strategies that successfully address your distinct issues. We readily accept the challenge of solving the most complex problems and create effective plans so you can prevent potential legal problems from arising in the future. In all cases, we accomplish your legal objectives in the most efficient manner possible. Our caring team of professionals always promptly returns your calls and regularly updates you on the status of your case so you can feel confident that your problems are being effectively handled. To best serve clients for whom English is their second language, our attorneys offer legal counsel in German, Dutch and French.

For professional, dedicated representation, contact the experienced Manhattan attorneys at Stapper & Van Doren
Stapper & Van Doren is located in the landmark Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan and represents clients throughout New York City and internationally.

Call Stapper & Van Doren at (212) 698-4570 or contact the law firm online to schedule an appointment.

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Main Office

Main Office
10 Rockefeller Plaza
9th floor
New York NY 10020


(212) 698-4570


(212) 698-4567

Estate Planning

New York Trusts and Estate Planning Law Firm

Helping your family plan
Established 35 years ago, Stapper & Van Doren provides sophisticated assistance with all aspects of estate planning and can help you with:
-Creating an estate plan
-Drafting wills
-Establishing living trusts
-Drafting living wills
-Protecting assets
-Preparing guardianship and conservatorship
-Writing powers of attorney and advance directives

Creating the best estate plan
Our attorneys review your family arrangements, financial situation and philosophical goals to advise you on the best approach to planning your estate. We thoroughly analyze your objectives and strategize the best means of:
-Transferring your assets
-Minimizing taxes
-Establishing guardianship for your minor children
-Supporting personal philanthropic causes
-Caring for your pets
-Protecting your loved ones

Writing your last will and testament
A will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your loved ones and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to somebody besides a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, friend or charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your minor children and even what happens to your beloved pet decisions that might not reflect your desires. Our attorneys can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored.

Establishing a living trust
We evaluate whether specific legal tools can benefit your estate and discuss your many options. Also called a revocable trust, a living trust can provide for continued care of minor children or an incapacitated family member. If your assets are held in a living trust, your heirs may avoid probate, which expedites the distribution of assets and keeps the estate's information out of the public records. Our attorneys can prepare the documents necessary to establish a trust that is tailored to your personal needs.

Choosing a guardian for your child
When devising your estate plan, the care of your children is likely your foremost concern. We advise you on making crucial decisions about the financial support, protection and well-being of your children including naming a guardian who will raise your children according to your parental philosophies.

Contact sophisticated Manhattan trusts and estate planning lawyers to protect your assets and plan for your family's future
Stapper & Van Doren is located in the landmark Rockefeller Plaza in midtown Manhattan and represents clients throughout New York City and internationally.

Linda J. Sosnowitz

Stapper & Van Doren

Admitted to bar
New York, 1974

Smith College (B.A.,1969)
New York Law School (J.D., 1973)
Editor-in-Chief, New York Law School Law Review, 1972-1973.
Author: Comment, 17 New York Law Forum 599, 1971.
Adjunct Professor, New York Law School, 2009-2010.

New York State Bar Association
Member, Trusts and Estates Section

Practice areas
Estate planning
Nonprofit organizations
Publications:: As Editor-in-Chief of the New York Law School Law Review, Linda designed and edited one of the first Symposia on Sports and the Law


New York Law School
Juris Doctorate,