James Kosakow graduated from Connecticut College in 1976 and received his law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1984. He is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut, Florida, the District of Columbia and before the U.S. Tax Court.
Before joining McLaughlin & Stern in 2005, he was a founding partner of Kove & Kosakow, LLC with offices in New York City and Westport, Connecticut. His practice relates primarily to estate planning and the administration of trusts and estates, and includes an active Connecticut practice.
Mr. Kosakow is a co author with Myron Kove of the two volume text, Handling Federal Estate and Gift Taxes 6th, the two volume text, Irrevocable Trusts 3d and the four volume text, Revocable Trusts 5th, all published by Thomson Reuters, and is a contributing author to Strategies for Trusts and Estates in New York, 2015 Edition: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Developments and Navigating the Estate Planning Process in New York (Inside the Minds).
He is an assistant editor of Insights and Strategies, a nationally distributed monthly financial and estate planning newsletter for professionals and has authored or co authored more than twenty articles appearing in such publications as Estate Planning, Retirement Planning for Individuals, Planning Matters, Elder Law Advisory, the Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletters of the New York and Connecticut Bar Associations and The National Alliance of Trust & Estate Professionals.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and an Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning in the Center for Professional Education at the Pace University Lubin School of Business and previously in the Department of Finance, Law and Taxation at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
He was named a Top 100 Attorney by Worth Magazine in 2007, has received the highest rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and is listed in New York Superlawyers and Best Lawyers in America.
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