Michael S. Arlein: Lawyer with Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP

Michael S. Arlein


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AV® Preeminent

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  • Trusts and Estates
    University Duke University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1995
    Law SchoolHarvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2000
    AdmittedNew York; Connecticut; New Jersey

    Professional Activities

    Member, New York State Bar Association (Trusts & Estates Law Section, Committee on International Estate Planning); Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Estate Planning Council of New York City (Board of Directors); Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP); Instructor, Art as a Family Asset: Value, Gifts and Transactions, Sept 21, 2011, Artelligence Conference (New York, NY); Divorce and Trusts: How to Effectively Represent Your Client, October 13, 2012, ABA Section of Family Law Fall Conference (Philadelphia, PA)


    Michael Arlein is Chair of the firm's Trusts and Estates Group and has been with the firm since 2000. Mr. Arlein focuses his practice on estate and tax planning for high net worth individuals and families, including Wall Street professionals, entrepreneurs, principals at private equity firms and hedge funds, real estate developers, professional athletes, artists and corporate executives. A former investment banker, Mr. Arlein brings to his clients insight and business sense that distinguishes him among lawyers. He works closely with clients and their other trusted advisors to identify their objectives and provide creative and practical solutions designed to meet their specific goals. Collaborating with lawyers from the firm's other practice areas, Mr. Arlein often serves as general counsel for his clients, coordinating all of their personal legal needs.

    Mr. Arlein's practice extends to all aspects of sophisticated planning, wealth preservation and philanthropy. He has extensive experience preparing wills and trusts and implementing complex strategies involving grantor-retained annuity trusts (GRATs), family partnerships and limited liability companies, life insurance, Delaware trusts, and other wealth transfer techniques. Mr. Arlein frequently represents clients in administering large estates and trusts and in resolving complex estate and gift tax audits. He also has considerable experience negotiating and preparing prenuptial agreements, designing estate plans for international clients, and counseling clients on estate planning opportunities that arise in connection with the sale of privately held businesses.

    Mr. Arlein has received Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating of AV Preeminent based on both peer reviews and numerous client reviews. Mr. Arlein was recognized as a Rising Star in the area of Estate Planning and Probate in the 2013 New York-Metro edition of Super Lawyers. Mr. Arlein frequently publishes articles and lectures on various estate planning topics. He served on the Board of Directors of the Estate Planning Council of New York City and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).


    Co-Author, The Net, Net Gift: A Technique for Reducing Gift Tax on Lifetime Transfers, Trusts & Estates Journal (August 2008); Author, Will State Farm Be There? Often Overlooked Property and Casualty Insurance Aspects of Common Estate Planning Transactions, The Practical Tax Lawyer (Summer 2007)


    April 2014
    Significant Changes to New York Estate and Income Tax Enacted

    March 2014
    Significant Changes Proposed to New York Estate and Income Tax Laws

    July 2013
    Implications of the Supreme Court's Windsor Decision on Estate Planning for Same-sex Couples


    December 11, 2009
    Firm Names Three New Partners

    December 22, 2008
    Patterson Belknap Names Three Counsel


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    Michael S. Arlein

    1133 Avenue of the Americas
    New YorkNY 10036-6710


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