James Kosakow concentrates his practice in the areas of estate planning and trust and estate administration. He is admitted to practice in New York, Connecticut and Florida and before the U.S. Tax Court. He received his B.A. from Connecticut College and his J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Before joining McLaughlin & Stern in 2005, he was a founding partner of Kove & Kosakow, LLC with offices in New York City and Westport, Connecticut.
Mr. Kosakow is a co author with Professor Kevin Yamamoto of the two volume text, Handling Federal Estate and Gift Taxes 6th, and co-author with Professor Gerry Beyer of the two volume text, Irrevocable Trusts 3d and the four volume text, Revocable Trusts 5th, all published by Thomson Reuters, and is a contributing author to Strategies for Trusts and Estates in New York, 2015 Edition: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Developments and Navigating the Estate Planning Process in New York. He was assistant editor of Insights and Strategies, a nationally distributed monthly financial and estate planning newsletter for professionals and has authored or co authored more than twenty articles appearing in such publications as Estate Planning, Retirement Planning for Individuals, Planning Matters, Elder Law Advisory, the Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletters of the New York and Connecticut Bar Associations and The National Alliance of Trust & Estate Professionals.
He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and previously an Adjunct Professor of Estate Planning in the Center for Professional Education at the Pace University Lubin School of Business and the Department of Finance, Law and Taxation at New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He has been named by Worth magazine as one of the "Top 100 Attorneys" in the nation for private clients, by Law & Politics as a "New York Super Lawyer"7; and as one of The Best Lawyers in America7 for Trusts and Estates by U.S. News-Best Lawyers. He is also rated AV PreeminentJ by Martindale-Hubbell, identifying him as part of a select group of lawyers recognized for their legal abilities and professional ethical standards.
He serves on the Planned Giving Advisory Councils of the American Cancer Society, The New York Historical Society and the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Contributing author - Strategies for Trusts and Estates in New York, 2015 Edition: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Recent Developments and Navigating the Estate Planning Process in New York (Inside the Minds).
"Year-end Trusts, Estate and Gift Tax Planning Strategies," Publisher-Estate Planning, November 2004, Vol. 31, No. 11.
"Benefits of Cash Value Life Insurance," Publisher – Elder Law Advisory, Number 145, March 2003; India Weekly-USA, January 12, 2003, January 19, 2003; Forerunner, New York Chapter Society of Financial Service Professionals, Summer 2003, Vol. 61, No. 5.
"IRS Issues Final Regs. On Treating Revocable Trust as Part of Estate," Publisher – Estate Planning, May 2003, Vol. 30, No. 5.
"Benefits of Life Insurance for Minors," Publisher – India Weekly-USA, January 5, 2003; India Weekly-USA, March 2, 2003, Vol. 2, No. 22, Page 14.
"Charitable Gifts of Life Insurance Have Many Benefits," Publisher – New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, Vol. No. 31, No. 2, Summer 1998; The National Alliance of Trust & Estate Professionals, December 16, 2002, Vol. 6, Issue 10.
"New Tax Law Eliminates Estate Tax in 2010," June 2001.