Russell N. Adler

Phone: (212) 248-3156 (212) 248-3156
Fax: (212) 248-3141


Russell N. Adler assists clients with estate planning, estate administration, elder law, income tax planning, and planning for persons with disabilities.

Russell is involved in all levels of sophisticated and comprehensive high-quality trusts and estates and tax planning, including estate, business and tax planning, estate and trust administration, Surrogate's Court litigation and elder law. His clients include high net worth individuals, government agencies, including the State of Israel, athletes, financial institutions, charities, closely held businesses and individuals of various international and domestic jurisdictions, as well as clients of lesser means.

Russell is a frequent and noted lecturer on topics such as elder law, planning for persons with disabilities, estate planning and estate administration issues. His articles on estate planning and elder law topics have been published in the New York Law Journal and Trusts and Estates.


  • Estate planning skills include meetings with clients analyzing estate, elder, retirement, disability and business succession planning issues, preparing EPLAN analyses and flow charts, devising strategy and drafting all necessary instruments, including GRATs, QPRTs, SNTs, QDOT's, IRA-QTIP and charitable trusts, wills and tax returns as well as establishing entities such as LLCs.
  • Estate administration experience includes administration of estates from date of death through final distribution, including regular contact with clients and their professionals, managing paralegals, tax audits, court appearances, judicial conferences, litigation, will construction proceedings, preparation of all requisite instruments and postmortem estate planning.
  • Handle all elder law matters, including Medicaid planning, planning for persons with disabilities and other long-term care financing, fair hearings, contested and uncontested guardianship proceedings, drafting federal and state supplemental needs trusts and health care instruments, managing "pooled trusts" for non-profit organizations and litigation involving trusts with potential Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • Litigation experience includes will and trust contests, contested accountings and contested guardianships.
  • Act as counsel to the State of Israel, financial institutions and non-profit organizations, protecting their interests in estate and trust court proceedings and developing planned giving programs.
  • Administer inter vivos and testamentary trusts, including meeting with beneficiaries and trustees and financial advisors, preparation and review of accountings, tax planning. Draft receipts, release and refunding agreements and legal opinions, and related litigation.
  • Counsel charities in planned giving, including consultations with clients, meetings with development personnel, establishing foundations and drafting charitable instruments and seminar presentations.
  • Assist in matrimonial cases, including research of issues and drafting of pre-marital, post-marital and separation agreements.
  • Handle all New Jersey estate planning, estate administration and elder law matters.
  • Tax litigation cases, including tax protest regarding Section 6672 penalty, tax refund claims and tax audit concerning charitable deductions.
  • Draft articles and present seminars on elder law and estate planning matters.


Best Lawyers®, Elder Law (2020)

Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award for property law

Awards Methodology


Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York


  • New York University School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • Yeshiva University, B.A., 1985


  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Legal Problems of the Aging Committee (past chair)
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Trusts, Estates and Surrogate's Courts Committee (past member)
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • New York State Bar Association, Elder Law Section, Executive Committee (past Member-at-Large)
  • Yeshiva University, Planned Giving Committee

Russell's Areas of Focus