A mesothelioma diagnosis or any injury that our clients come to us with, affects the whole family of its victim. Associate attorney David Kaufman, who supervises the Trusts & Estates department, works closely with those families as he guides them through the intricacies of the Surrogate's Court system during one of the most difficult times a family can be forced to face.
“Many of our clients come to us and they are very ill,” Mr. Kaufman said. “Sadly, they may pass away before we've resolved their lawsuit.”
Responsible for handling probate and administration proceedings for Weitz & Luxenberg's New York clients, Mr. Kaufman helps families set up estates.
“The reason for an estate in these situations is to continue a client's case after they die,” he said. “We reach out to the next of kin and set up an estate so they can act as the new plaintiff.”
Our clients come to know Mr. Kaufman for his kind and calm demeanor in their time of need. But he is also well-known throughout New York's court system as a firm and focused advocate of the clients Weitz & Luxenberg represents.
“I let our clients' families know that this is what their loved ones would have wanted,” Mr. Kaufman said. “Their loved ones would have wanted at least some financial security for them. That's why they decided to pursue this action while they were still alive. The companies that are responsible for their illness should pay.”
By virtue of his role, Mr. Kaufman has set up estates in all of the firm's litigations beyond asbestos, including general negligence, malpractice, environmental, drugs, and defective medical devices. He also calculates settlement allocation and distribution, and drafts Surrogate's Court documents in all of the firm's wrongful death compromise proceedings.
Mr. Kaufman worked as a paralegal in Weitz & Luxenberg's estates department before attending law school, where he worked for a South Florida personal injury firm while earning his degree. Mr. Kaufman joined the New York Attorney General's Office after graduation before returning to Weitz & Luxenberg as an attorney in 2009.
Mr. Kaufman's experience has allowed him to develop a strong sense of empathy for our clients and their families.
“I can relate to what they are going through because I have seen their situation so many times,” Mr. Kaufman said. “They can't get their life back, but the companies that hurt them should pay. And their loved ones deserve to be taken care of to some degree beyond their life.”
Mr. Kaufman prides himself in being able to get a good night's sleep for the work he does at Weitz & Luxenberg. He is proud to roll up his sleeves for the everyday working people who “built this country and the families they leave behind.”
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