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L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P., a leading, full service law firm with offices in Garden City, NY; New York, NY; and Livingston, NJ, has announced the addition of a new Estates and Trusts Practice Group. The group was formed with the joining of highly respected Estates and Trusts Attorney, Mark S. Charwat, and three of his colleagues.

According to LBC&C’s Co-Managing Partners Anthony P. Colavita and Richard P. Byrne, the decision to create an Estates and Trusts Practice Group was predicated on the need of the Firm’s current client base. Stated Mr. Colavita, “All business owners, regardless of whether theirs is a corporation, sole proprietorship or partnership, need to think about wills, trusts, health care proxies, retirement plans, business succession and elder law issues. Over the course of our history, we have directed clients to other professional resources to guide them in this area. We realized the time had come to bring qualified resources in-house in order to better serve our clients’ needs. We have known and respected Mark Charwat for many years and are proud to now have him and his associates as part of our Firm.”

Mr. Charwat brings to LBC&C over 35 years of experience, counseling in estate planning, business succession and related areas. Well known for his expertise in this field, he has been a frequent lecturer to many business groups. Evidence of his stature in estate planning, Mr. Charwat has served as President of the Estate Planning Counsel of Nassau County and Chairman of the Tax Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Joining Mr. Charwat as a member of LBC&C Estates and Trusts Practice Group is Deborah S. Barcham and Ilene Samuel.

Ms. Barcham has over 22 years of experience in estates and trusts planning and administration; tax, business and corporate planning and transactions; and in establishing and maintaining charitable foundations. She holds a Masters of Law in Taxation from New York University and is currently Vice Chairman of the Tax Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association.

Ms. Samuel has worked extensively in the estates and trusts field, helping clients achieve both long and short term objectives through trust agreements, living wills, health care proxies and powers of attorney.

L’Abbate, Balkan, Colavita & Contini, L.L.P. (LBC&C, Garden City, NY; New York, NY and Livingston, NJ), one of the nation’s leading full-service law firms, announced that the Firm has become an AIA/CES (American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System) Registered Provider. The designation enables LBC&C to provide educational programs for Continuing Education “Learning Units” to the architectural community on curriculum approved by AIA National. To date, LBC&C has already provided continuing educational courses including one entitled, “How To Stay Out Of Your Lawyer’s Office,” which was held at the LBC&C Conference Center, and another entitled, “The Top Ten Contract Rules,” which was held on behalf of the Queens and Long Island AIA Chapters, as well as the New York State Society of Architects. To qualify as an AIA/CES Registered Provider, LBC&C had to satisfy certain criteria attesting to its strong qualifications and experience within the architectural field. Additionally, the Firm had to provide key references from AIA members.

In fact, LBC&C has a long and acclaimed history within the design community. The Firm has represented design professionals for two decades. The combined experience of its Design Professional Practice Group members exceeds 150 years. Donald L’Abbate, one of the Firm’s founding partners, has over 30 years experience representing architects and engineers in a wide range of matters from contract wording to complex litigation. In addition, he is a published author of articles in leading architectural and design trade publications, is a frequent lecturer and among the Firm’s members who authored an extensive report on the 1997/AIA Contract Documents. Mr. L’Abbate’s credentials earned him an honorary membership and AIA designation in the AIA, Queens Chapter of the New York State AIA. Under his direction, LBC&C has also been a long-time sponsor of the New York State AIA’s President’s Ball and participant at the Annual Meeting of Invited Attorneys, a national convention of lawyers who specialize in representing design professionals.

Douglas Pintauro, another senior partner and co-chair of LBC&C’s Design Professional Group, was also instrumental in gaining AIA/CES Registered Provider status for the Firm. Mr. Pintauro’s expertise and skills in diverse areas such as business practices and liability issues are in high demand by architectural firms and organizations. Additionally, he was a key advisor to the profession during the development of the New York City Department of Buildings’ self-certification program. His advice and counsel were also sought when the New York State Legislature enacted a special statute of limitations for design professionals. Further, he played a key role in the reorganizing of an AIA Chapter facing serious tax and legal issues and in the creation of the Design Professional Center.

Other members of the LBC&C Design Professional Practice Group also display a strong command of issues facing architects and the ability to communicate and educate effectively, both through published articles and various speaking engagements.

LBC&C will continue to provide AIA/CES curriculum both at the Firm’s Conference Center, as well as various offsite locations. In addition to the courses noted, other planned educational programs are in the process of being scheduled.

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Litigation,Accounting & Business Professionals, Attorney Liability, Business Planning & Transactions, Commercial & Corporate Litigation, Construction Industry, Design Professionals, Estates & Trusts, General Litigation, Health Care Professionals, Insurance Industry, Insurance Professionals, Labor & Employment, Products & Industrial Liability, Real Estate Professionals, Real Estate Transactions.

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