Michael A. Backer

Michael A. Backer: Attorney with Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP AV stamp icon
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Chair, Tax, Trusts & Estates Department. Mr. Backer concentrates his practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration and fiduciary litigation. He brings over forty years of specialized experience to his representation of individuals, owners of closely held businesses, executors, administrators, trustees and beneficiaries. He aggressively manages will disputes, will construction proceedings, accounting and other fiduciary litigation for individuals and New Jersey-based bank trust departments. He advises and implements wealth transfer strategies for high net-worth individuals and the owners of closely-held businesses to help them achieve their estate planning objectives while minimizing their transfer tax liabilities. He counsels individual and corporate fiduciaries on all facets of estate and trust administration, preparation of state and federal death and fiduciary income tax returns, post-mortem tax planning and fiduciary accountings.

Mr. Backer has served as an expert witness and, because of his expertise in the area is frequently engaged to mediate complex, contested estate litigation. He is a draftsperson of significant portions of Title 3B, New Jersey's Probate Code, including The Prudent Investor Act, which significantly revised the rules governing trust investing, The Revised Uniform Principal and Income Act and subsequent revisions to the Code.

Throughout his career, Mr. Backer has lectured on trust investment law, trends in probate litigation, new developments in New Jersey probate law and various aspects of estate and tax planning

- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (a trademark of Woodward/White, Inc.) in the Trusts & Estates and Litigation:Trusts & Estates practice areas (1993 – present); selected by Best Lawyers as Woodbridge "Lawyer of the Year" in Litigation - Trusts & Estates in 2014 and 2013
- Listed in New Jersey Super Lawyers (a Thompson Reuters business) in the Estate Planning & Probate practice area (2005 – present)
-Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AVĀ® Preeminent (a trademark of Internet Brands, Inc.) (1980 – present).

American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Trusts and Estates
  • Estate Litigation
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Trust Administration
  • Trust Litigation
  • Wills

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
732-476-2450  Phone
732-476-2451  Fax
Mailing Address:
PO Box 5600, Woodbridge, NJ 07095
University Attended:
Rutgers University, A.B., 1966
Law School Attended:
Rutgers University School of Law, Newark, J.D., 1969
Year of First Admission:
1983, U.S. Tax Court; 1983, New York; 1969, New Jersey
- Member, New Jersey State Bar Association: past officer, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Board of Consultors; past Chair, New Jersey Probate Code Revision and Reform Committee
- Member, American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust & Estate Section.
Birth Information:
New York, N.Y., October 23, 1944

Peer Reviews

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