Herman Max Leibowitz, Esq.

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Practice areas

  •     Trusts and estates
  •     Elder law
  •     Estate and gift taxation
  •     Real estate


  • New Jersey, 1975
  • New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982


  • Rutgers University Law School, J.D., 1975 (Law Review, Senior Class President, Commencement Day Speaker)
  • City College of the City University of New York, B.S., 1972

Associations & memberships

  • New York City Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association (Member, Sections on: Estates & Trusts; Elder Law)

Biographical details
Herman Max Leibowitz is a New York City attorney with more than 35 years of experience in the fields of Wills, Trusts, and Estate Probate and Administration. His areas of expertise include the drafting of wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney, living wills and health care proxies. Mr. Leibowitz has extensive experience representing executors, trustees, heirs, and beneficiaries in the settlement of estates.

Mr. Leibowitz often does estate planning for individuals with disabled family members, so that the disabled may receive the benefits of an inheritance without being disqualified from their governmental entitlements. Herman Max Leibowitz is certified by the New York State Supreme Court as an Article 81 Court Evaluator and Guardian. He also has a highly successful record of privately resolving family heirship disputes without court intervention.

Mr. Leibowitz is a dynamic public speaker on estate planning issues and procedures, often educating other attorneys at “continuing legal education” (CLE) seminars in New York City and on Long Island. Representative speaking engagements include the New York City Bar Association, the Social Security Administration (Pre-Retirement Seminars for 14 years), National Business Institute (a nationwide legal seminar firm), Douglas Elliman Realty Company, Technion (the Israel Institute of Technology) and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. Representative publications include “Practical Advice for Representing Older Clients” (New York Law Journal) and contributor to “How to Use Trusts to Avoid Probate and Taxes” (Random House). From 2008 to the present, Mr. Leibowitz has served on the panel of Judges for the Yale Mock Trial Tournament in New Haven, CT, often serving as a Presiding Judge. In June 2009, Mr. Leibowitz was the sole speaker in a national teleconference on the subject of “Maintaining an Ethical Balance in Probate Practice.” In September 2010, Mr. Leibowitz was the sole speaker in a national teleconference on the subject of “Educating and Working with Personal Representatives in Estate Administration.” This teleconference was also simulcast through West Legal Education Center as a web-cast. In June 2011, Mr. Leibowitz was the sole speaker in a national teleconference on the subject of “Marshalling and Managing the Estate Assets in Administration.” In November 2016, Mr. Leibowitz presented two estate planning lectures to other attorneys at a 2-day legal seminar entitled “Probate: Everything You Need to Know” held on Long Island, NY.

A career highlight for Herman M. Leibowitz was his successful oral argument and verdict in the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, case of Cia. Naviera Financiera Aries, S.A. v. 50 Sutton Place South Owners, Inc., (2012), ruling that a Greek shipping magnate could not transfer ownership of a co-op apartment without prior co-op board approval.

Mr. Leibowitz is a member of the Estates and Trusts Section and the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association, and is a former member of the Legal Problems of the Elderly Committee, and the Art and the Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.

SPECIAL ESTATE PLANNING PACKAGE: Mr. Leibowitz will prepare a simple Will, a Durable Power of Attorney, and a Health Care Proxy for you for $600.00.

Herman Max Leibowitz serves clients in New York City and throughout Westchester and Long Island.