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I have over 25 years of experience helping clients define their personal estate planning goals and then preparing legal documents that protect them from taxes, expenses, and postmortem chaos.

My practice focuses on wills & trusts, estate planning, wealth transfer tax planning (including sophisticated tax-oriented trusts), integrated estate and business succession planning, charitable giving, and estate administration and probate.

I've created numerous technical advances in estate planning, including the development and operation of onlineAUS (the Advanced Underwriting Service), a subscription based estate planning encyclopedia. Subscribed to by thousands of financial advisers AUS was acquired by the National Underwriter Company in 2008.

I've written hundreds of articles on estate planning in AUS and other professional journals including Trusts and Estates Magazine, Estate Planning Magazine, Taxation for Lawyers, Taxation for Accountants, Probate & Property Magazine, and the Journal of Financial Service Professionals where I also serve on the editorial board. Protecting your family is just a phone call away - 212-843-4059


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 75%
  2. Probate: 25%



Hourly ($400/hour), Fixed (always)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Mark Brian Baer

    Robert is a lawyer's lawyer. In addition to his estate planning practice, he is an educator and a prolific writer. His work has been published in a great many professional journals. He is always looking to expand his knowledge base and improve the way in which things are done and graciously shares his knowledge with his colleagues.


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  • Richard Alexander Walker Jr.

    I endorse Robert. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community. I've had the pleasure of working with Robert in various capacities. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and an excellent communicator.


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Contact info

Adler Law, PLLC

1180 Avenue of the Americas
8th Floor
New York, NY, 10036


NYCurrently registered 200507/10/2016
DCInactive 198207/06/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorney - Estate PlanningAvvo2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerAdler & Adler1988 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York State Bar Association, Elder Law SectionMember2014 - Present
Society of Financial Service ProfessionalsEditorial Board-Journal of Financial Service Professionals2010 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
NYSBA Trusts & Estates Law SectionMember2005 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter1035 Exchanges2015
Probate & Property magazine (ABA)The Transfer for Value Tax Trap2011
Wealthcounsel QuarterlyThe Family Bank2011
National Underwriter publicationDeductions for Life Insurance Premium Payments to Welfare Benefit Plan Denied2010
National Underwriter publicationPotential Pitfalls in IRA Money Movement and Non-Public Investments2010
National Underwriter publicationTax Proposals Target Estate and Gift Tax Valuation Discounts2010
National Underwriter publicationPlanning Early to Lessen the 3.8% Medicare Tax on Investment Income2010
New York State Bar AssociationIncome Taxation of Life Insurance2010
National Underwriter publicationWhat Split-interest Strategies Make Sense in a Low Interest Rate Economy?2010
National Underwriter publicationPower of Appointment for Future Flexibility2010
National Underwriter PublicationPaying For Retiree Health Benefits2009
National Underwriter publicationLiberalized IRA to Roth IRA Conversion Rules in 20102009
New York Bar Association publicationNew I.R.C. Section 101(j) EOLI Rules: Important Planning Considerations2007
Journal of Financial Service ProfessionalsCredit Shelter Trusts as Potential Purchasers of Life Insurance1998
Taxation For AccountantsPrivate Split Dollar Provides Transfer Tax Savings1998
Taxation for LawyersWrong Wording Kills Exclusion for Limited Partnership Interest Gifts1998
Estate Planning MagazineLife Insurance Trusts and the Generation Skipping Transfer Tax1997
Trusts & EstatesBeyond Leverage: Split Dollar Funding of the GST Exempt Trust1996
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
American University, Washington College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
State University of New York at BuffaloEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Todorovich LectureNew York State Estate Tax2015
Ameritas Advanced Planning SummittPractical Estate Planning2015
AXA - AdvisorsAdvanced Estate Planning2011
AXA National Continuing Education TeleconferenceSpecial Needs Trusts2010
Blue Chip Group Fly-InThe Family Bank2009
AXA National Continuing Education TeleconferenceUnderstanding the GST Tax2009
Society of Financial Services ProfessionalsGST-exempt ILITs2005
Maryland Society of CPAsQualified Personal Residence Trusts1998
ING / Advanced Tax Planning InstituteLife Insurance Trusts1997
Society of Financial Service ProfessionalsTax Planning for the Family Owned Business1995