Michael Markhoff

office: White Plains

p: 914.948.1556


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  • Admitted to practice in New York and Connecticut
  • J.D., Brooklyn Law School, 1990
  • B.A., Columbia College, 1987
  • Past President, Hudson Valley Estate Planning Council (2012-2013)
  • Past President, Estate Planning Council of Westchester County, Inc. (2007-2008), Board of Directors (1998-2001)
  • Past Chairman, Trusts and Estates Section of the Westchester County Bar Association (1998-2000)
  • Ninth District Delegate to the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section (2003-2005) as well as a member of its Executive Committee (2000-2005)
  • Ninth District Delegate to the House of Delegates of the New York State Bar Association (2005-2008)
  • Past President, Northern Westchester Bar Association (2001-2002) and the White Plains Bar Association (2004-2005)
  • Past Director, Westchester Chapter of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (2001-2005)
  • Member, Connecticut (Estates and Probate Section) and American (Sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law) Bar Associations
  • Member, Board of Trustees of the Bedford Free Library (2005-2014)
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Westchester Community Foundation (2012-2020)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Fox Lane Youth Lacrosse, Inc. (2013-2015)
  • Member, Board of Directors, Westchester Women’s Bar Foundation (2018 -)
  • 2010-2020 New York Super Lawyers - Estate Planning and Probate
  • 2008-2021 Best Lawyers in America - Trusts and Estates category
  • 2016 Lawyer of the Year - Trusts and Estates category - Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018 Lawyer of the Year - Trusts and Estates Category - Best Lawyers in America
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Michael Markhoff concentrates on estate planning and estate administration, representing professionals, executives and small businesses owners.

Michael works with clients on minimizing (and often eliminating) estate and gift taxes through the coordination of pension benefits, business assets and other assets in the estate plan while preserving the client's assets for future generations.

He analyzes liquidity needs for the payment of estate tax, including the use of life insurance products, family limited partnerships, qualified personal residence trusts and generation-skipping trusts. Michael also advises individuals with regards to charitable giving including the formation of not-for-profit corporations.

He has also worked on numerous estates and estate plans involving clients who have non-citizen spouses. Michael works closely with accountants, financial advisors and insurance underwriters using a "team approach" to identify the clients' goals and provide creative and appropriate solutions.

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