Steve Saraisky has a diverse practice focused on estate planning, estate administration and business and tax planning for closely-held businesses.
He works closely with his clients to achieve their goals of preserving wealth, promoting family harmony and minimizing the impact of taxation.
For the individual or family, Steve advises on estate planning and the gift, estate and generation-skipping tax considerations of such plans. Frequently, this involves complex estate planning with Wills, insurance trusts and the implementation of sophisticated estate planning techniques. Steve advises those with international affairs regarding the U.S. aspects of their planning. Estate administration is also a significant part of Steve’s practice and involves probate issues, preparation of estate tax returns, tax advice and the orderly distribution of an estate.
Contested estates are an increasingly common occurrence in an aging America. Steve has substantial experience with high stakes Will contests, power of attorney abuse, breach of fiduciary duty and similar cases.
For the business, Steve provides counsel on all phases of the business lifecycle, including succession planning that addresses matters such as cash flow for a retiring owner or surviving spouse, transitioning a business to the younger generation in a tax-efficient manner, management succession, or preparing a business for sale.
Steve participates in the firm’s robust tax controversy practice, assisting in tax disputes with the IRS and state tax authorities. He also advises private foundations and public charities regarding operational and tax issues.
Steve lectures and writes on estate and tax planning, estate administration, business succession planning and related issues. He is active in several bar associations including the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council (board member), the Bergen County Estate Planning Council, the New Jersey State Bar Association and STEP.
Steve earned his JD from the University of Chicago, and AB from Dartmouth College.