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Michael S. Haber

Probate Attorney at New York, NY

4.7   26 reviews
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
Free consultation Virtual consultation available
  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 36 years
    New York - NY 37 years
    Connecticut - CT 37 years
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1987
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State CT
    Acquired 1986
    Status
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Probate
    60%
    All aspects of contested & uncontested estates; probate; administration; wills and trusts. I can help you to conduct an estate proceeding at reasonable fees with emphasis on speed and efficiency. See my website to download free ebook on probate.

    37 years

  2. Guardianship
    15%
    Has handled more than 200 guardianship-related proceedings. Guardianship can be an appropriate solution when a family member is no longer able to fully manage his or her financial affairs.

  3. Litigation
    15%
    Has prosecuted numerous cases of civil litigation in New York, in both state and federal court. These cases have included estate proceedings, commercial litigation, real estate litigation, tort litigation, employment litigation, and federal labor law litigation.

    37 years

  4. Estate planning
    5%
    Gain complete peace of mind knowing you have an experienced legal professional who will make the right decisions for you and your family. Call Attorney Haber today!

  5. Wills and living wills
    5%
    If your loved one passes away without a will, a close family member can petition to be appointed administrator to handle all of the necessary steps to distribute the estate. Call Attorney Haber for Wills consultation, Now!

I'M READY TO HELP YOU WITH ALL ESTATE MATTERS -- FROM WILLS TO PROBATE CONTESTS.

MICHAEL S. HABER HAS BEEN PRACTICING LAW IN NEW YORK FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS.


His extensive experience in litigation and in estate-related matters makes him a perfect choice to help you with various kinds of cases - probate, administration, trust, and guardianships.

His background includes litigation in virtually every state and federal court - NYS Surrogate's Court, NYS Supreme Court, Appellate Division, NY Court of Appeals, US District Court, and the U.S. Court of Appeals, where he has helped to establish new law.

So he is especially qualified to handle not just estate probate or administration, but also related legal or real estate matters. His experience in many different courts throughout New York makes him familiar with the differing approaches taken by different courts and different judges.

MICHAEL BRINGS A COMMON-SENSE APPROACH TO THE PRACTICE OF LAW.

Words are his tools and his weapons. That awareness aids his oral advocacy in court, where he is known for being extremely well-prepared and for understanding every last detail of his case. It also informs his preparation of legal briefs, an activity in which he not only has vast experience, but one that he is particularly well suited for based on his background before practicing law, as a journalist, public relations specialist, and political aide.

That combination of experience helps him to use two of a lawyer's most essential tools - the ability to write well and to develop a pragmatic strategy. As Michael often says, "Hoping for the best is not a strategy."

When you hire Michael Haber, you get Michael Haber -- not a different attorney or a less experienced associate. Michael will make every court appearance on your behalf and will personally handle your matter on a daily basis. You will be in frequent contact with him, and you'll even have his cell phone number. You can call him whenever there is something important to discuss, even at night or on the weekends. He prides himself on almost always returning calls or responding to emails the same day.

If you have a legal matter that requires strong and effective representation, contact our office for a free consultation. There's never an obligation. You'll meet with, or speak with, Mr. Haber, and you'll know whether he is the right lawyer for you.

He recognizes that a successful attorney-client relationship is based not just on things that can be measured (like experience or cost), but also on other important factors - whether you are comfortable with the particular attorney and feel that the attorney will be someone you can work with effectively. To find out whether Mr. Haber is a good fit for your legal needs, call or contact him and arrange for your free consultation.

Please browse through the pages of this website to learn more about our practice.

And please do download our free 150-page Probate Handbook, an easy-to-understand overview of a myriad of probate-related issues. It provides a wealth of information at your fingertips.

 

Awards

Top Contributor 2019,2018,2017,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012
Top Contributor
2019 2018 2017 + 5 ...
Client's Choice 2017,2016
Client's Choice
2017 2016

Location

Law Offices of Michael S. Haber
11 Broadway
Suite 615
New York, NY, 10004

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  26 customer reviews
Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by Diane S. Miller | October 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
A Client's Opinion
I hired Michael Haber to represent me in a very contentious contested probate proceeding. It was the first and only time I ever hired a lawyer. Michael disproved everything I had ever heard about lawyers. He was approachable, down-to-earth, sensitive, easy to talk to, and often quite funny. And he was genuinely interested in helping me. All of those qualities would have been good enough, but he went way beyond that – he came up with a strategy that was wildly successful, getting me an amount of money that a different lawyer I spoke to thought would be impossible. He kept me informed at every step of the way and was always accessible to me. Not only that, but I can’t even complain about his bill. I felt almost as though I made a new friend. Michael knows his stuff, and knows his way around the courthouse. He’s a great litigator and an amazing negotiator. He obviously couldn’t remove all of the stress, but he made it bearable. I hope you never need a lawyer, but if you do, I would enthusiastically recommend Michael.
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Response from Michael Haber March 16, 2022
Thank you for your vote of confidence.
Posted by Loretta Madden-Holman | September 21, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
OUTSTANDING!!
I initially had a consultation and then hired Mr. Haber. He is fabulous! As a medical professional, I have little legal-ese experience. So when I needed help, I did a Google search. What initially attracted me to this practice was his website. He GETS it. I live out of state but needed a NY attorney. Michael contacted me immediately, listened intently and was very clear and concise about how to proceed. I gave him as much information as I could about this issue and then, he just took over and handled it, which is EXACTLY what I wanted and needed. He kept me readily informed, kept me abreast of subsequent issues, went over my contract line by line, addressed the concerns he had, proposed solutions that ultimately came to fruition and solved ALL the issues. He ACTUALLY cared about me as a client. Very, very rare. While interacting with Michael, I felt like I was talking to and be guided by a hometown guy who was just plain smart and got things done. And it turns out he's an attorney in the Big Apple AND he KNOWS his stuff. Great negotiator as well. I would definitely, definitely hire him again if I ever needed legal advice in NY. Additionally, he's honest and will tell you like it is!
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Response from Michael Haber February 20, 2022
Thank you so much for your very positive review.
Posted by carey | July 9, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Phone consult Re; litigation and complications Re; mother estate
After speaking and meeting w over a dozen or two attorneys over the Past few years I found Mr Haber to be one of the Most present, wise and compassionate listeners l! I judge he is one of the best nicest lawyers I’ve ever spoken with! Prior to speaking with Mr Haber and after 3.5 years of navigating unexpected living hell; I had truly given up on anyone involved in the legal field ; I had always thought lawyers were all about truth justice liberty and helping people! Hahaha So naive My mothers own lawyer of 30 years betrayed her last wishes and as a result was the cause of tremendous unnecessary stress and despair in my family! The idea of justice, competent lawyers and a fair and reasonable legal system became Unimaginable! In fact I found myself seeing he dysfunctional, unreasonable and frankly corrupt the system really is! It’s all fear based, ruled by money, politics power and control! There us no heart , no Kindness , no civility nor reason ! Fortunately My mind was changed after speaking w Mr Haber ! Even if not permanently or with any resolution Of my situation however at least he proved to be decent man and knowledgeable legal representative! He was exceptionally kind and compassionate, insightful , patient, generous w his time! I felt he was sincerely listening and competent in his assessment along w a sense of humor! He was empathic, gracious and knowledgeable in the field of estate law And In general very personable to speak with! My only regret is that I did not find mr Haber 2-3 years ago when I really needed his help! Im told now everything is too late! After speaking w him , I believe he might have really helped! So if you are reading this and in a timely situation; do no wait, do not hesitate or postpone taking action ! Unfortunately Mr Haber was not able to take on my case as it is so far down the rabbit hole ! But at least Mr Haber was honest enough to not take on a situation he felt he could not improve And Despite his realizing that , he was still kind enough to listen and speak with me to sort out my situation! All honorable qualities of Mr Haber! Sadly my timing was off ; but my advice to anyone dealing w legal matters is definitely consider mr Haber and be sure to review any and all documents him before signing or moving ahead w any estate matters!
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Posted by Mark | March 17, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very smart knowledgeable attorney. Great value for his work
When my father died, I needed an attorney to handle his estate. It was rather large and somewhat complicated. I spoke with Mr. Haber and he was very straightforward, clear. He understood my situation and was easy to talk to . After a phone conversation I hired him and could not be happier with the results. Haber was smart and efficient and saved the estate thousands of dollars as well as saving me from making some incorrect decisions. What I was most pleased about was the speed and ease of settling the estate. Even though the estate was complicated, we were done in less than a year from the date of my father’s passing. Mr. Haber gave me great value for what he charged. I couldn’t be happier!
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Posted by Patrice | February 24, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Pleasant and gets results
I hired Michael for a contested probate case. From the initial consultation, jr asked the right questions, gathered answers, and developed a strategy for how to move forward. He knows how to get things done. The results were better than I could have imagined. And along the way, Michael was accessible, pleasant, and very professional. I highly recommend him.
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Response from Michael Haber March 2, 2022
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Andrea | September 6, 2019
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Top-notch attorney!
Michael answered several questions in a timely manner. He was responsive, asked strong clarifying questions and explained things in an understandable manner. He provided a suggested resource to read to further educate me and my family. He wasn’t pushy and was polite listening. I’d highly recommend Michael S. Haber.
Response from Michael Haber March 2, 2022
Your comments are truly appreciated.
Posted by James Padone | October 5, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Lawyer Recommendation
I had hired Mr. Haber to take on a case of mine and couldn’t have been any more pleased. He was professional, responsive, well organized, and knowledgeable throughout the entire process. I very much commend Michael for his hard work and highly recommend him to anyone and everyone.
Response from Michael Haber October 6, 2017
Thanks so much for your recommendation. I'm gratified that you were pleased.
Posted by Miriam | July 8, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation
Michael S. Haber is an excellent attorney. In the time that I have known him, I have found him to be very honest, practical and efficient. He is deliberately eloquent, intellectually sound and very effective in the legal briefs he has prepped for me. I see myself forging a long term professional relationship with Mr. Haber as he is quite knowledgeable in different aspects of law that affect me. He is willing to learn and broaden his legal prowess into areas that he is not particularly familiar with in order to help me. I recommend Michael wholeheartedly; he is fair and honest and just, and he does his work brilliantly.
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Response from Michael Haber September 15, 2017
Your comments mean a lot to me. Thank you.
Posted by anonymous | June 20, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
estate/probate legalities for beneficiary
very informative, quick to respond. Knowledgeable.
Response from Michael Haber June 21, 2017
Thank you for your kind words.
Posted by Michael | March 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
SKillful and Compassionate
I hired Michael in a guardianship proceeding. Throughout the matter, he represented me with skill and compassion. He explained to me each step in the proceeding and mapped out a stadegy that we could deploy. I was very happy with the representation and would recommend Michael to anyone who wants a dedicated and concerned attorney who will fight for their rights.
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Response from Michael Haber September 15, 2017
Thank you for your review. When a client calls me dedicated and compassionate, it truly is a meaningful reward.
Posted by Charles L. | December 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
How could someone not give Mr Haber but a 5 star excellent grade with which he has to look at to render a intelligent answer/res
With what he had to look at and I was a bit limited with what I had to give him. He did do a very good analysis of the information in which I gave him.
Response from Michael Haber September 15, 2017
Thanks so much.
Posted by anonymous | December 20, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate
Answered questions efficiently and quickly. Very helpful.
Response from Michael Haber September 15, 2017
I very much appreciate your kind words.
Posted by anonymous | December 1, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A real attorney
This man is articulate, pleasant, and very knowledgable about the law. Hire him!
Response from Michael Haber March 16, 2022
I sincerely appreciate your words.
Posted by Alina | November 2, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Probate
Gave good advices.
Response from Michael Haber September 15, 2017
Thanks. I was glad to help.
Posted by anonymous | September 18, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Beneficiary
Michael answered all questions with concise direct answers
Response from Michael Haber September 15, 2017
Thanks for saying so.
Posted by HaroldDavidoff | July 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Representation with Personal Attention
I initially obtained advice from Mr. Haber through Avvo and discussed my initial matter with him. His concise and vast knowledge of all maters led me to hire him for my case. His personal attention and workability led me to hire him for an additional two matters, which he is attentively attending to all with great success. I would definitely recommend him.
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Posted by Steve | April 28, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I was very pleased with the results of my visit to avvo.com
Michael S. Haber provided me with clear instructions regarding which forms to file in my defense against a frivolous lawsuit. I needed a clarification of what form(s) was/were necessary to file with the court to defend against the action brought. I thank him profusely for his expert guidance!
Posted by Marie | January 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Reliable, Caring and Professional
How good Mr. Haber’s quality and talent as a lawyer is clearly demonstrated at his website, which was complimented by the lawyer who worked for me before, too. Michael’s ability to explain things accurately to the point impressed me, and made me realize that was the sign of an experienced legal expert as he is. His comment inspired me to figure out what is right and proper at any given moments in my case. I appreciated his accommodated fee conditions and I am fond of his pleasant old-fashioned manner I felt comfortable with, so I was able to eliminate my anxiety. Yes, I highly recommended Michale as a reliable, professional lawyer.
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Response from Michael Haber September 15, 2017
Thank you for saying so. I truly appreciate your comments.
Posted by Ruth | February 7, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
He put my mind at ease.
Mr. Haber's manner was so delightful and discussing my problem with him was such a pleasurable experience I am no longer anxious about accepting the role as executor of my uncle's will. I am now comfortable asking questions of the paralegal in charge of his will. Mr. Haber put me at ease and gave me the confidence that I needed. Thank you.
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Posted by mcgarrido | July 2, 2011
Best New York attorney
While all attorneys are supposed to be pretty much 'time clock billing machines', Mr. Haber must come from a rare breed. He is a kind, very concerned, good listener who creatively helped me put together a non-compete negotiation with my new employer. He was accommodating enough with the billing process to allow me to afford the legal costs. I recommend Mr. Haber very highly as I found his experience, knowledge and good heart to be critical pieces in my negotiation success to best protect my interests. I have worked, on a corporate level for other cases, with several attorneys and, in my opinion, on my own case, Michael Haber, has demonstrated the outstanding ability of building up credibility for the legal professionals as he is a fantastic attorney and one whom I would strongly recommend at any time. He's the best!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Offices of Michael S. Haber
  • 1986 - Present
  • Intern (During Law School)
  • United States District Court, E.D.N.Y.
  • 1985 - 1986

Education

  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1986
  • University of Bridgeport
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1979

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Listing set for 2020 edition of Who's Who
  • Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • 2020

Publications

  • St. John's Law Review
  • The Survey of New York Practice: "CPLR Art. 9: Statute is to be applied liberally to permit class certification of plaintiff shareholders with substantially similar claims in actions against corporate directors"
  • 1985

Speaking Engagements

  • Practising Law Institute
  • Seminar on Guardianship Law
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (54)
Given (35)
Endorse Michael
Probate Attorney | Mar 23
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the opportunity to work with Mr. Haber as opposing counsel on an Estate related matter. Mr. Haber is extremely hardworking, knowledgeable, professional, courteous and ethical. Although we were opposing counsel, we were able to professionally and satisfactorily work out all issues on behalf of our clients. I rarely have the opportunity to say that it was a pleasure to work with opposing counsel on such matters. However, in this case it was a pleasure to work with Mr. Haber. I endorse Mr. Haber."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jan 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He's experienced and knowledgeable."
Probate Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Experience, patience, and personality - all great skills to have when selecting an attorney."
Probate Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mr. Haber. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who achieves great results in representing clients! I really want all people to contact him for help."
Probate Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Mar 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent Probate and Litigation Lawyer who gets simply the best results for his clients. I endorse him."
Business Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"The answers of Mr. Haber are consistently accurate, analytic, and customized to the needs of the Avvo askers. These are exactly the qualities that every client would look for when hiring an attorney. He also demonstrates exception courtesy to fellow attorneys which ultimately will benefit the outcome for his clients."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Highly respected in the community."
Business Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael uses his skills to help his clients plan for one of the most vulnerable periods of their lives. He brings expertise, talent and ethics to his practice and assist clients work their way through the estate administration and probate process in a way that provides them peace of mind. He is a credit to the legal profession and I'm proud to endorse him."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Talented, tough, and thorough litigator."
Business Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community."
Business Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Michael is well known in his community for his expertise and knowledge of the law. He can help clients during times of family loss to get the estate matters worked out quickly and efficiently."
Business Attorney | May 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I personally endorse Attorney Haber for being an outstanding practitioner in his field and for delivering quality legal work to his clients."
Probate Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael Haber is a very knowledgeable attorney who has the extraordinary ability of explaining complex legal matters in a simplified manner that is easily understandable. He is an avid AVVO counsel who has devoted a great deal of his time assisting participants & sharing his wealth of knowledge with other AVVO attorneys. I highly recommend him."
Probate Attorney | May 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Having read numerous, well-reasoned and easy to understand answers to questions posed by people here at Avvo, I feel I can endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Probate Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Haber gives excellent answers on AVVO, has an Excellent rating on AVVO and is a credit to the legal profession."
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New York Probate Lawyer Michael S. Haber
Michael S. Haber
Probate Attorney
New York, NY
Licensed for 37 years
Free Consultation
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