About Howard Garfinkel, Esq.

Over the years, Howard Garfinkel, Esq., has recognized the need for speedy settlement of estates after the death of a decedent, considering the emotional trauma that a family goes through during this time.

When families are coping with the loss of a loved one, Howard's goal is to help them move on and continue with their lives as soon as they can. Howard makes every effort to minimize taxes and other costs and to speed up the settlement of the estate as much as possible.

Practicing in the area of estate law for more than 25 years, Howard has helped hundreds of families navigate the legal and tax maze that begins when a loved one dies. With his extensive experience in estate related taxes, estate settlement and Surrogate's Court proceedings, he knows how to speed up the settlement process as much as possible and legally reduce estate taxes and fiduciary income taxes (the income taxes paid by the estate) - even if the decedent did not plan the estate properly before death.

Himself a devoted father and family man, Mr. Garfinkel makes every effort to consider the needs of family members after the death of a loved one and as the estate process unfolds, his goal is that the settlement process be as fast and cost-effective as possible.

A graduate of the Brooklyn Law School and a member of the New York State Bar, Howard Garfinkel is the managing member of the Lauterbach Garfinkel Damast & Hollander, LLP law firm. He joined the firm in 1986 and since then has spent most of his career practicing in the areas of Probate, Estate Administration and Estate Taxation as well as Estate Planning and Estate and Gift Tax Planning.

Mr. Garfinkel resides in Rockland County, New York, with his family. He is active in his community and with local charities.


  • Brooklyn Law School, Class of 1982

Bar admissions

  • New York, 1983
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1983

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