4.0 stars 13 totalReview Gary Altman
Posted by Sue
Gary exhibits intelligent listening and tenacity, ultimately providing an excellent solution for my parents. His staff has always been helpful as well.
Posted by anonymous
I absolutely recommend Gary Altman, and have already referred friends and family to him. From the initial consultation that my husband and I had with him, we knew we could trust him and count on him to make sure our affairs are taken care of. We actually asked him to "rush" our documents (due to medical emergencies) and we were accommodated with no problems. The team at Altman & Associates made our process so easy and painless. I have also brought in my parents and they also had a fantastic experience, and it was such a pleasure working with Gary Altman. My family and I will absolutely continue to work with him and his firm for years to come.
Posted by Daniel
Gary Altman is an excellent estate attorney. My wife and I initially came in back in 2008 to have an old estate plan reviewed and, due to significant changes in our lives (children, more assets, etc.), as well as new laws, our documents had to be redone. Gary executed the documents painlessly and quickly. Since then, they've settled my mother's estate, done estate planning for several friends and family members, and also updated our documents. Their support team is a pleasure to work with as well. Everyone we have interacted with has been courteous and professional and they make sure to send us important reminders every year to make sure our documents stay current. We continue to be very satisfied with their work and feel very comfortable referring them to others.
Posted by Dennis
Based on our experience, we would discourage anyone from considering using Altman and Associates.
Our story: My wife and I were clients with Altman and Associates for over 10 years! Gary Altman did our original estate documents and 7 years later did revisions to all of our documents. During this extended period we were satisfied with the services we received. But in October 2015 we scheduled a meeting with Gary Altman to discuss changes to our trust documents. At the conclusion of the meeting Gary told us he would email us draft copies of the modified trust documents reflecting what we had discussed. But after more than two weeks we had not received anything.
So after three weeks passed, we sent an email inquiring when we could expect to receive the draft documents reflecting the changes discussed at the meeting. In the email reply Gary Altman indicated we could expect drafts to be arriving no later than the end of the week, which would have been November 6. But nothing arrived. Even after waiting through the holidays, and by then several months had passed, we still had not received the drafts, or any communication from Altman & Associates.
Following the original October meeting, we did receive an invoice within two weeks. We paid the invoice in full the next week believing our work would be completed promptly as promised. But after sending a reminder to Gary Altman about our pending work and receiving an assurance the drafts were forth coming, more weeks passed with no drafts and no communication. We were very discouraged that there was no communication about our work. No explanation for the delay, and no indication of when our work would be completed.
Having received no communication from Altman & Associates in over two months, we felt that we were being ignored. So we certainly did not feel our business was valued by the firm. We were so disappointed in the performance of Altman and Associates that we decided we did not want them to complete the work for us.
In early January we sent another message to Gary Altman advising him of our disappointment, and informing him that we were going to seek new counsel. We also requested that he refund the payment we made for the meeting since nothing was completed and we were greatly inconvenienced by the long delay. There was no response from Altman & Associates. Two weeks later we sent a conventional letter to the Altman and Associates office by USPS. The letter conveyed the same termination message and again requested a refund of our payment. To date, more than three weeks have passed since we sent the letter, and again, no response from Altman & Associates.
As long term clients with the firm, we have been shocked by the unprofessional handling of this matter by Altman & Associates. We certainly would not recommend this firm to others.
Posted by anonymous
After paying a significant sum to have legal documents prepared, I reviewed them and found that they contained some pretty basic errors. I called the attorney's office several times to have the errors corrected, to no avail. I ended up having to file a complaint to force the attorney to address the problem and correct the errors.
I cannot in good conscience recommend Mr. Altman to anyone.
Posted by anonymous
Gary Altman is an extraordinary lawyer. Smart. Thoughtful. Fun. He has worked on a range of challenges for me - from guiding my personal estate planning to providing extraordinary tax strategy and support to me as a fiduciary of a large and complex estate. He has given me great advice. Found experts for everything from art appraisals to accounting to litigation. Demonstrated complete integrity. I recommend him without reservation.
Posted by anonymous
I was relieved to hire Gary early in the summer of 2012 to provide assistance and oversight in the administration of my father's trust and will. Within two months he stopped communicating with me via email/phone (we had only met once), and never returned the documents that I had provided to him. There was no prior or subsequent notice or reason given as to why he dropped me as a client. He also would not return calls from the representatives of a major law firm that I hired in his place.
Posted by Allen F. Shapiro
For the past twenty years, Gary Altman has provided my wife and I with expert, superior, professional advise and counsel with respect to our estate planning, trusts, and period review/modifications. He has also guided the registration and charter processs for our LLC, focused upon management consulting but with a wide, optional practice domain. We have recommended Gary to numerous friends and a few relatives, who have used his services and benefited from his insights and counsel with total satisfaction. He is thorough, pragmatic, learned and quite capable of explaining any particular legal approach in "plain english" - understandable to the professional or layperson. Moreover, since entering into his private practice many years ago, we have found his office staff to be consistently responsive, proactive and "sharp" in providing any necessary logistical assistance to both trivial and serious matters at hand. Having myself worked in the international field for over 35 years, I have found Gary to relate quite well to international affairs and to related matters of legal concern, which are of extreme benefit to my foreign national colleagues residing in the US as visa-holders and/or dual-citizen US passport holders (e.g., taxes, property ownership, trusts, etc.) While Estate Planning is cited as the case area, he has several other areas of professional expertise (e.g., tax law, real estate trusts, wills, etc.) but the AVVO system allows only one choice. Unequivocably, Gary Altman is five-star in every respect.
Posted by Andrew
Gary was a very, very good lawyer and trusted advisor in a particularly intense trusts and estates matter. The matter involved truly unbelievable acts by another set of attorneys and we could not have obtained the results we did against such attorneys without Gary's great acumen and guidance.
Posted by Temple
I was the personal representative of an estate and I hired Gary to represent me in the estate process, he was extreemly knowledgeable and responsive in the representation. I would not hesitate to recommend him.