Gregory W. MacKenzie

Gregory W. MacKenzie: Attorney with Hurley, Toevs, Styles, Hamblin & Panter, P.A.

Biography

Greg has been a partner at Hurley Toevs Styles Hamblin & Panter PA since 2008. He was formerly a partner of the trust and estate litigation firm of Popejoy & MacKenzie PC. Greg is a graduate of the Syracuse University College of Law and was admitted to practice before the New Mexico courts in 1993 and has been working as a litigation lawyer since that time. Since 1997, Greg has devoted virtually all of his practice to representing clients in probate, estate and trust litigation. This includes representing clients who are contesting or defending the validity of wills, trusts and other estate planning documents and those who are involved in litigation over the administration of estates and trusts. His cases frequently involve allegations of breach of fiduciary duty and the construction of controlling instruments such as wills and trusts.

Greg also frequently handles litigation in contested complex guardianships and conservatorships. He has served as guardian ad litem for incapacitated adults involved in those types of proceedings. Greg has received his certificate (2005) from the UNM School of Law mediation course and has served as a mediator in cases involving contested trusts, probates and difficult guardianships and conservatorships.

Greg is the chair of the Trust and Estate Division of the Real Property and Trust Section of the New Mexico State Bar and the Chair Elect of that Section for the 2018 year. Greg has been recognized as AV-Rated by Martindale and was elected a fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in 2010. He is an active member of the Fiduciary Litigation Committee of that College. Greg has been recognized as Best Lawyer of the Year (2017) by Best Lawyers.

Greg has actively worked to contribute to the field of law in which he is engaged, including without limitation the following professional activities and presentations:

President, Albuquerque Lawyer's Club, 2002-2003; Lobbyist, New Mexico Guardianship Association, 2006-2008; Participant: House Joint Memorial 34 Task Force on Guardianship Reform, 2007; Awarded Outstanding Affiliate Member by the National Guardianship Association, 2008; House Memorial 6 Task Force on Guardianship Reform (Chairman, Post-Adjudication Committee, 2008); Elected President of New Mexico Guardianship Association, 2008, 2009; Planning Co-Chair/Chair New Mexico Probate Institute, 2010-present; Selected, "Best Attorneys in New Mexico," 2015; Selected, "Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year 2017 -- Litigation Trusts and Estates, Albuquerque"; Observer, Drafting Committee, Uniform Law Commission, Uniform Guardianship and Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act.

"Fiduciary Litigation from a Litigator's Perspective," Annual Probate Institute, 2001; "Top Ten Tips for Probate Litigators," Annual Probate Institute, 2002; "Highlights of Will Contests, Guardianships, and Conservatorships and Fiduciary Responsibility," New Mexico JAG Conference, 2003; "Discharging Trustee Liability," Annual Probate Institute, 2007; "Court Monitoring of Guardianships and Conservatorships," Senior Citizen's Law Office Seminar on Medicaid and Other Elder Law Essentials, 2009; "Frequently Addressed Issues in Guardianships and Conservatorships," Albuquerque Bar Association and NMGA Training Seminars, 2009; "Addressing Questions of Self-Dealing with Powers of Attorney," Annual Probate Institute, 2009; "Tips on Avoiding Litigation," Southern New Mexico Estate Planning Institute, 2009; "Introduction to Basic Probate," Second Judicial District Court Volunteer Lawyer Training Program, 2009; "Guardianship of Adults," Southwest Conference on Disability, 2009; "Will Contests in NM In the Wake of Estate of C De Baca," Albuquerque Estate Planning Council, 2010; "Duties of and Liabilities Associated with Conservators and Guardians," Albuquerque Guardianship and Conservatorships Group, 2010; "Decisional Capacity and Undue Influence," National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers, 2010; "Guardianship Webinar [on 2009 Revisions to Uniform Probate Code and Need for Effective Court Monitoring of Guardianships and Conservatorships]," Judicial Conference Conducted by Administrative Office of the Courts, 2010; "Decisional Capacity and Undue Influence," American Association of Attorney-Certified Public Accountants, June 2010; "Current State of the Law Regarding Undue Influence and Practice Pointers," 2010 Elder Law Institute; Presenter and Co-Author, "The Role of the Guardian ad Litem in Guardianships and Conservatorships," 2010 Probate Institute; "The Role of the Guardian ad Litem in Guardianships and Conservatorships," New Mexico Office of Guardianship, 2011; "Influence: Due and Undue," ALI-ABA Conference on Representing Trust and Estate Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries, 2011; "Inside the Mind of an Undue Influence Victim," 2012 New Mexico Probate Institute; "Addressing Elder Exploitation," New Mexico Guardianship Symposium, 2013; "Attorney-Client Privilege Issues in Trust & Estates Litigation," ACTEC Regional Meeting Fall, 2013; Murphy v. Gorman and the Fiduciary Exception to the Attorney- Client Privilege, New Mexico Probate Institute, 2014; "Ethical Issues in Probate Matters (Spencer v. Barber)," New Mexico Probate Institute, 2015; "Litigation Risks Present in Investing under the NM Uniform Prudent Investor Act," Wilcox Annual Estate Planning Conference, NM State Bar Center, 2016; "Approaches to Choice of Law Issues in Trust and Estate Litigation," ALI-ABA Conference on Representing Trust and Estate Beneficiaries and Fiduciaries, 2016; "Assessment of Duty in Cases of Fiduciary Representation," New Mexico Probate Institute, 2016; "Local Guardianship Developments," New Mexico Estate Planning Council, 2016; "The Revised Uniform Guardianship and Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act, HB 120 and Other Guardianship Developments," Uniform New Mexico Guardianship Association Annual Symposium, 2016; "Guardianship in New Mexico, Concerns and Recommendations," National College of Probate Judges, 2017; "Lawyers as Expert Witnesses in Estate and Trust Matters," ACTEC Annual Meeting, 2017; "The Uniform Guardianship and Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act," New Mexico Guardianship Association Annual Symposium, 2017; "Current Ethical Issues in Guardianship," New Mexico Guardianship Association Annual Symposium, 2017; "The Uniform Guardianship and Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act," New Mexico State Bar Elder Law Institute, 2017; Moderator, "Potential Impacts of the UGCPAA on New Mexico Guardianship Practice -- A Panel Presentation from Varying Perspectives," New Mexico State Bar Probate Institute, 2017; "Current Ethical Issues in Guardianship," New Mexico State Bar Probate Institute, 2017.

Areas of Practice (6)

  • Fiduciary Litigation
  • Contested Trusts
  • Contested Wills
  • Contested Probates
  • Guardianship and Conservatorship
  • Trusts and Estates

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
505-888-1188  Phone
505-888-9215  Fax
www.hurleyfirm.com
University Attended:
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, B.A., magna cum laude, 1990; Syracuse University, M.A., 1993; University of New Mexico School of Law, Mediation Certificate
Law School Attended:
Syracuse University, J.D., 1993
Year of First admission:
1993
Admission:
1995, U.S. District Court, District of New Mexico; 1993, New Mexico
Memberships:
State Bar of New Mexico; Director, State Bar of New Mexico Real Property, Trust and Estate Section; Fellow: American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Elected 2011), member, Fiduciary Litigation Committee.
Birth Information:
Rockford, Illinois
ISLN:
912173601

Peer Reviews

Client Reviews

  • 5.0/5.0 (11 reviews)
  • 100% (11 recommendations)
  • Platinum Client Champion
  • Communication

    5.0/5.0
  • Responsiveness

    5.0/5.0
  • Quality of Service

    5.0/5.0
  • Value for Money

    5.0/5.0
  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 09/09/18 in Trusts and Estates.

    Greg is very thorough with his cases. He went the extra mile to make sure I was protected in every way... as a trustee, I found you are scrutinized from every angle. I had a fairly complex situation and Greg made sure the proper consultants were brou... Read more

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    Greg is very thorough with his cases. He went the extra mile to make sure I was protected in every way... as a trustee, I found you are scrutinized from every angle. I had a fairly complex situation and Greg made sure the proper consultants were brought in the mix. He thinks well on his feet and knows his area backwards and forwards. He saved the case by his quick thinking and knowledge base. The outcome of my case could have easily been different had I not had him on board. Read less

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  • Recommended 5.0/5.0 Rated on 09/07/18 in Trusts and Estates.

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