Meet John M. Chakan Esq. – Associate of Counsel and Estate Planning Attorney
Mr. Chakan’s practice is focused in the areas of estate litigation, estate planning, wills and trusts, and related tax matters, elder law, real estate and related matters. He is well versed in the techniques for estate tax minimization, including effective use of life insurance trusts and testamentary trusts to take advantage of the marital deduction, the charitable deduction and available tax credits. He has advised numerous clients with regard to Medicaid qualification strategies, supplemental needs trusts for mentally handicapped individuals, guardianship proceedings and premarital agreements.
Mr. Chakan has significant litigation experience in Surrogate’s Court, including probate contests, construction proceedings and objections to accountings, as well as in the federal Tax Court. John also regularly handles real estate matters ranging from residential house closings to complex commercial transactions and related financing.
Serving the Community
Mr. Chakan has conducted seminars and lectures at civic organizations in and around the metropolitan New York area. He is a former member of the Ethics Committee for the Village of Port Chester and has volunteered his time as Cub Master for the local Cub Scout pack.
John M. Chakan, Esq., received his J.D. degree in 1972 from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was Cases and Notes Editor for the Georgetown University Law Journal. Mr. Chakan was admitted to practice law in New York in 1973. He is also admitted to practice in New Jersey and before the United States Tax Court.
From 1972 through 1992, Mr. Chakan was associated with a series of large, New York City-based law firms, including Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson (1972-75); Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle (1976-81) and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy (1985-92). Prior to joining the Rockland and Bergen County estate planning attorneys at KGG, Mr. Chakan had an independent practice based in Westchester County.