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Martin M Shenkman

About me

Martin M. Shenkman, CPA, MBA, PFS, AEP (distinguished), JD, is an attorney in private practice in Fort Lee, New Jersey and New York City.

Practice: Estate and tax planning, planning for closely held businesses, estate administration.

Publications: Author of 42 books and more than 1,000 articles. Editorial Board Member of Trusts & Estates Magazine, CCH (Wolter’s Kluwer), and the Matrimonial Strategist. Has previously served on the editorial board of many other tax, estate and real estate publications.

Awards: ■The 1994 Probate and Property Excellence in Writing Award. ■Alfred C. Clapp Award presented in 2007 by the New Jersey Bar Association and the Institute for Continuing Legal Education for excellence in continuing legal education.  ■Worth Magazine’s Top 100 Attorneys (2008). ■CPA Magazine Top 50 IRS Tax Practitioners (April/May 2008).  ■Article “Estate Planning for Clients with Parkinson’s,” received the “Editors Choice Award” in 2008 from Practical Estate Planning Magazine. ■Article “Integrating Religious Considerations into Estate and Real Estate Planning,” awarded the 2008 “The Best Articles Published by the ABA.” ■New Jersey Super Lawyers, (2010-16). ■Book Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disability, nominated for the 2009 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award. ■2012 recipient of the AICPA Sidney Kess Award for Excellence in Continuing Education for CPAs. ■2013 Accredited Estate Planners (Distinguished) award from the National Association of Estate Planning Counsels. ■Financial Planning Magazine 2012 Pro-Bono Financial Planner of the Year for efforts on behalf of those living with chronic illness and disability. ■Investment Adviser Magazine cover of its April 2013 issue as the lead of their “all-star lineup of tax experts.” ■June 2015 he delivered the Hess Memorial Lecture for the New York City Bar Association.

Media: Frequent source for numerous national publications, guest expert appearances on major financial and other television and radio shows.

Charity/Community: ■Active in many charitable and community causes and organizations. ■Founded which educates professional advisers on planning for clients with chronic illness and disability and which has been the subject of more than a score of articles. ■Written books for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the COPD Foundation. ■Presented more than 60 lectures around the country on this topic for professional organizations, charities and others. More than 50 of the articles he has published have addressed planning for those facing the challenges of chronic illness and disability. ■ American Brain Foundation Board (1/1/16).

Education: ■Bachelor of Science degree from Wharton School, concentration in accounting and economics. ■MBA from the University of Michigan, concentration in tax and finance. ■Law degree from Fordham University School of Law. ■Admitted to the bar in New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. ■CPA in New Jersey, Michigan, and New York. ■Registered Investment Adviser in New York and New Jersey.

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Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 65%
    30 years
  2. Tax: 25%
    34 years
  3. Business: 10%
    34 years



Hourly ($175-675/hour)

Payment types:

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  • Daniel Alan Timins

    I only saw Mr. Shenkman speak once, but it was a terrific experience. As a fellow Trusts and Estate attorney, I appreciated his focus on needing to be honest with a client, coordinating financial affairs with that client's financial planner and accountant, and focusing on a client's living needs instead of their post-mortem planning. I agree 100% with his law practice philosophy.


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  • Christian K. Lassen II

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


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Contact info

Shenkman Law

400 Kelby Street
12th Floor
Fort Lee, NJ, 07024

Martin M. Shenkman, P.C.

275 Madison Avenue, Suite 1105
New York, NY, 10016-1101



DCActive 198707/06/2016
NYCurrently registered 198603/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Forward Magazine Book of the Yeaer Award - nomineeForward Magazine2010
New Jersey Super Lawyers 2010 - Estate Planning and ProbateSuper Lawyers2010
Top 50 IRS PractitionersCPA Magazine2008
Top 100 AttorneysWorth Magazine2008
Clapp AwardICLE-New Jersey State Bar Association2007
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMartin M. Shenkman1985 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationCo-Chair Emotional Psychological Aspects Estate Planning Com.2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationVice-Chair - Diversity Committee2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationDiversity Committee2007 - Present
Bergen County Bar Association, Taxation SectionMemberN/A
New York State Bar Association, Tax SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, FLP and LLC CommitteeVice-ChairN/A
New York City Bar AssociationMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationVice Chair Fiduciary Income Tax Committee2006 - 2008
American Bar Association, Capital Recovery and Leasing Committee, Important Developments and Publications SubcommitteeChair1989 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
Estate Planning for People with a Chronic Condition or Disabilitya comprehensive book with sample forms and planning ideas2009
Life Cycle Planning for the CPA Practice: Practical Strategies and FormsThis is a book published by the American Institute of CPAs2007
Living Wills & Health Care Proxies: Assuring Your End of Life Decisions Are RespectedThis is a book published by Law Made Easy Press2004
Inherit MoreThis is a book published by John Wiley2003
Estate Planning after the 2001 Tax ActThis is a book published by Bloomberg Press2002
The Complete Probate GuideThis is a book published by John Wiley1999
The Beneficiary WorkbookThis is a book published by John Wiley1998
Starting a Limited Liability CompanyThis is a book published by John Wiley1996
Six Hour Guide to Asset Protection PlanningThis is a book published by John WileyN/A
Homeowner's Legal BibleHomeowner's Legal BibleN/A
Divorce RulesThis is a book published by John WileyN/A
The Complete Living Trust ProgramThis is a book published by John WileyN/A
Practical PlannerMonthly e-newsletter on estate and related planningN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Fordham University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of MichiganBusiness AdministrationMA - Masters1981
University of PennsylvaniaN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
High Net Worth ConferenceChecklists for CPA to Plan as Trusted Advisors2008