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Jennifer Victoria Abelaj

Estate planning Attorney at New York, NY

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 13 years
    New Jersey - NJ 13 years
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NY
    Acquired 2010
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 2009
    Active No misconduct found

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About Jennifer

Learn Jennifer’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Estate planning
    Drafting Wills and Trust Instruments; Estate Tax Planning; Business succession planning.

    14 years

  2. Federal regulation
    Not-for-Profit creation and assisting Board of Directors with governance and compliance.

    12 years

  3. Probate
    Probate and intestate administration of Estates. Preparation of federal and state estate tax returns. Representation of Estates and Executors in connection with estate tax audits by IRS and NYS taxation.

    15 years

I help clients plan and carry out goals for estate planning and not-for-profit matters that are most important to them.

I believe that all individuals, irrespective of the size of their estate, can benefit from proper estate planning. Whether the focus is on tax savings, family business continuity, providing ongoing income and assets for your loved ones, or supporting your favorite charities by creating an endowment, I can guide you toward the estate planning tools that best meets your wishes and needs. In addition, I represent executors, fiduciaries, and trustees in administering estates with the Surrogate's Court, carrying out the terms of a lifetime trust, or communicating with the IRS on estate tax audits.

I also assist not-for-profit organizations in obtaining federal tax-exempt status, updating their Bylaws, creating supporting organizations, or assisting with membership issues. I am motivated to provide the Boards of not-for-profit organizations a road map to best carry out their charitable activities.

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Jennifer V. Abelaj Law Firm
800 Third Avenue, Ste. 2800
New York, NY, 10022


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Posted by MerriLyn | July 12, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Working with Jennifer is Amazing
Jennifer A. Abelaj law firm is an amazing firm to work with. I have seen Jennifer in action for over the past year as a witness to signings and seeing how she works with clients. She is thorough, friendly and very knowledgeable in her field. I recommend her to anyone needing Wills and Estates as well as Non-profits!
Posted by Mike | March 12, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Estate Planning went beyond my expectations
I initially reached out to Jennifer for some tax assistance that dated back 5 years ago. My primary impression was that it was a small request, however, my income during that time came from multiple sources and multiple states; sorting and cataloging through all the information was highly complex. Jennifer was diligent to comb through all my information and submitted the necessary documents. In the end, I ended up receiving money, after one of the states indicated that I owed money. Jennifer is passionate about her work, provides all the attention needed for her clients, and looks beyond what’s in front of her. As Jennifer examined documents, she noticed some opportunities that I could be taking advantage of. Now that I’m starting a family, estate planning and tax planning are becoming high on my priority list. I will definitely be working with Jennifer again so that she can provide a secure foundation for my family. I trust her to do the right thing and recommend her for others.
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Posted by Michael | February 28, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
President, West End Alumni Fund
We hired Jennifer to assist us in setting up a Not For Profit that assists college bound students with partial scholarships. She was very helpful in steering us through the state agencies, tax requirements and legal documentation we needed to properly execute on our plan. She was and continues to be a valuable resource to our organization. Jennifer is very responsive and we look forward to maintaining our business relationship with her as our organization grows
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Response from Jennifer Abelaj March 11, 2021
Hi Mike: Thank you for the review. It was a pleasure working with you and the initial directors. I look forward to assisting the organization as it grows. I wish the Board much success in the future!


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Work Experience

  • Principal
  • Jennifer V. Abelaj Law Firm
  • 2021 - Present
  • Senior Counsel
  • Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP
  • 2017 - 2021
  • Associate
  • Katsky Korins LLP
  • 2011 - 2017


  • St John's University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Fordham University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • N/A


  • New York Women's Bar Association
  • 2017 - Present
  • New York State Bar Association
  • 2005 - Present
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association
  • Chair, Trust and Estates Section
  • 2020 - 2021

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Award for Excellence in Study of Intellectual Property Law
  • St. John's University School of Law, Commencement Award by ABA Bureau of National Affairs
  • 2009
  • Moot Court Honor Society;
  • St. John's University School of Law
  • 2007
  • Civil Procedure
  • CALI Award
  • 2006

Speaking Engagements

  • Community Law Day
  • Preparation of Estate Planning Documents, CLE Co-Instructor
  • 2016

Attorney endorsements

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Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is an experienced Trusts and Estates lawyer and I highly recommend her. She provides valuable advice to guide her clients in a very complicated area of law."
Estate planning Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Jennifer is a highly knowledgeable and has a keen eye for detail. I fully endorse this lawyer."
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