Eugene V. Kokot joined the firm in 1997 and co-chairs the trusts and estates department. He has extensive experience in all aspects of estate planning, trust and estate administration, transfer taxation, and fiduciary taxation, including representing fiduciaries and beneficiaries in litigated cases.
In addition to representing a broad spectrum of business and entrepreneurial clients, Eugene has many clients who are prominent in entertainment, the arts, and the literary world. He also serves corporate fiduciary clients in the administration of estates and trusts and in fiduciary accounting matters.
He has been very active in the New York State Bar Association, having served for twelve years on the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the State Bar’s Trusts and Estates Section. He also served on the Committee on Trusts, Estates and Surrogates’ Courts of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. Eugene lectures frequently on topics of estate planning and administration to Bar groups and non-lawyers.
Eugene is legal counsel to several charitable organizations, some of which he serves as a board member, trustee, and/or officer.
Retirement Benefits: Why You Should Use Them to Benefit Your Favorite Charities, The Alert, Newsletter of the Federal Bar Association’s Corporate and Association Counsels’ Division, 1998
Spousal Remainder Trusts: The Ultimate Income-Shifting Device? co-author, CCH Financial and Estate Planning and Taxes — The Tax Magazine, 1985
Living and Dying with QTIP Trusts, Successful Estate Planning Ideas and Methods Service (Prentice Hall), 1984
Planning for the Income of an Estate, J.K. Lasser’s Estate Tax Techniques, 1981