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James K Estabrook

James K Estabrook

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Trusts, Tax, Employment & Labor

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About Me

I am a partner of the firm of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. I have devoted most of my thirty years with the firm attending to the legal requirements of privately held businesses. I have developed several areas of emphasis including federal and state estate and gift taxation, ERISA and employee benefits law.

I serve as general counsel for the firm to the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey, Inc. and the Mechanical Contracting Industry Council of New Jersey. Through that role I have served, since 1982, as co-counsel to the Boards of Trustees of Pipefitters Local Union No. 274 Employee Benefit Funds, Steamfitters Local Union No. 475 Employee Benefit Funds, Plumbers Local Union No. 24 Employee Benefit Funds, Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union No. 9 Employee Benefit Funds and the Refrigeration, Air-Conditioning and Service Division (U.A.-N.J.). 

My most recent engagements is as co-counsel to the IBEW Local 456 Employee Benefit Funds, IBEW Local 400 Employee Benefit Funds and the Teamsters Local 469 Employee Benefit Funds. I serve as an employer trustee for the IBEW Local 102 Employee Benefit Funds, and the Plumbers Local Union No. 17 Employee Benefit Funds and U.A. Local Union No. 614 Employee Benefit Funds of Memphis, Tennessee, and the U.A. Local 502 Employee Benefit Funds of Louisville, Kentucky. I am approved counsel for all fiduciary liability insurance claims with St. Paul Travelers and defends Trustees of both single and multi-employer plans before the United States District Court and investigations by the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service

I regularly speak before clients and civic organizations on estate planning and employee benefits. In estate planning he has appeared before the National Council on Aging, Committee on Aging and the Law; New Jersey State Bar Association; Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers of New Jersey; New Jersey Association of Area Agencies on Aging (Elder Abuse and Neglect Project); the Elder Law Committee of the Union County Bar Association; the National Society of Fund Raising Executives; and the assembled staffs of many of the firm’s clients including Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, Inc., and Trinitas Hospital.

On employee benefits, I have consistently appeared as a featured speaker before the International Conference and Specialized Conferences of the International Foundation of Employee Benefits; the Plumbing Contractors Association of Chicago; the Annual Conference of the Union Affiliated Contractors of the National Association of Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors; the Taft-Hartley Trustee seminar sponsored by the United Association and the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey, Inc.; the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc., Industry Improvement Funds Seminar; the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors of Northern Illinois Industry Promotion Fund Seminar; and the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc., Region I Employee Benefits Conference. I am the author of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America, Inc.’s Industry Improvement Fund Operations Guide, and co-author with the New Jersey Division of Taxation of the Mechanical Contractors Association of New Jersey, Inc.’s Sales and Use Tax Manual for New Jersey Mechanical Contractors.


I serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of several of the firm’s clients including the Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce (legal counsel); Union County Alliance; Kean University Foundation; Kessler Foundation (Chairman), Community Foundation of New Jersey (Legal Advisory Committee); and Linden Industrial Association (Secretary).

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1982

  1. Employment & Labor: 25%
  2. Tax: 25%
  3. Trusts: 25%
  4. Estate Planning: 25%

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Contact Info

Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C.

53 Cardinal Dr
Po Box 2369
Westfield, NJ, 070912369

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
NJActive198205/29/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
ShareholderLindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, PC1981 - Present

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Union County Probate Early Settlement ProgramMemberN/A
Union County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Mechanical Contractors Association of AmericaIndustry Improvement Fund Operations Guide2009
New Jersey Division of Taxation and the Mechanical Contractors Association of New JerseySales and Use Tax Manual for New Jersey Mechanical Contractors2008

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Temple University - James E. Beasley School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Denison UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1977

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
2012 Trustees and Administrators InstitutesKnowing When to Pull the Plug2012
2012 Trustees and Administrators InstitutesConstruction Industry Roundtable International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans2012
Unity 2111Unfunded Liability – The FASB Solution2011
EBSA Apprenticeship and Training Fund Audits & PPA Sunset IssuesIndustry Fund Update2011
Collection Procedures InstituteAlternative Sources of Recovery2011
57th Annual Employee Benefits ConferenceNew FASB Rules and Their Impact2011
57th Annual Employee Benefits ConferenceA Pension Legislative and Regulatory Update2011
2011 Trustees and Administrators InstitutesFinding and Fighting Fraud2011
Industry Improvement Fund Operations ConferencePension Funding Relief and Update2010
Fund/National Asbestos Workers, Medical Fund AnnualPension Funding Relief and Update2010