John M. Chakan Esq.
After many years as an employed attorney of KGG, on June 1, 2018 John Chakan took “Of Counsel” status. Trust and Estate matters will now be supervised on a daily basis by Ron Stiskin. John will assist KGG on a limited number of matters that he was previously handling for the firm and be available to the firm when needed.
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.
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.