Cole Schotz P.C.



Steven M. Saraisky
New Jersey Office
Court Plaza North, 25 Main Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601
T: 201-525-6259 / C: 973-214-7977 / F: 201-678-6259
Legal Practice Assistant: Veronica M. Marshman
T: 201-489-3000, ext. 5011


Steve Saraisky has a diverse practice focused on estate planning, estate administration and business and tax planning for closely-held businesses. He works closely with his clients to achieve their goals of preserving wealth, promoting family harmony and minimizing the impact of taxation.

For the individual or family, Steve advises on estate planning and the gift, estate and generation-skipping tax considerations of such plans. Frequently, this involves complex estate planning with Wills, insurance trusts and the implementation of sophisticated estate planning techniques. Steve advises those with international affairs regarding the U.S. aspects of their planning. Estate administration is also a significant part of Steve’s practice and involves probate issues, preparation of estate tax returns, tax advice and the orderly distribution of an estate.

Contested estates are an increasingly common occurrence in an aging America. Steve has substantial experience with high stakes Will contests, power of attorney abuse, breach of fiduciary duty and similar cases.

For the business, Steve provides counsel on all phases of the business lifecycle, including succession planning that addresses matters such as cash flow for a retiring owner or surviving spouse, transitioning a business to the younger generation in a tax-efficient manner, management succession, or preparing a business for sale.

Steve participates in the firm’s robust tax controversy practice, assisting in tax disputes with the IRS and state tax authorities. He also advises private foundations and public charities regarding operational and tax issues.

Steve lectures and writes on estate and tax planning, estate administration, business succession planning and related issues. He is active in several bar associations including the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council (board member), the Bergen County Estate Planning Council, the New Jersey State Bar Association and STEP.

Steve earned his JD from the University of Chicago, and AB from Dartmouth College.


The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.Dartmouth College, A.B., cum laude

Bar & Court Admissions

Illinois (inactive)New JerseyNew York



Bergen County Top Lawyer 2019

As published in: Bergen Magazine November 2019

Port Carteret bought out in midst of waterfront redevelopment

As published in: My Central Jersey December 7, 2018

IRS proposes to protect wealth transfers with rules for estate and gift taxes

As published in: Accounting Today December 7, 2018

Wake Up Call: Lawyers, Law Firms, Deals

As published in: Bloomberg Big Law Business December 6, 2018

Cole Schotz Guides V. Paulius' $90M NJ Port Deal

As published in: Law360 December 4, 2018


Recent Events

Steve Saraisky and Chris Massaro Spoke on Estate Planning and the Uniform Trust Code before the Essex County Chapter of the New Jersey Society of CPAs
Attorneys Speaking: Steven M. Saraisky and Christopher P. MassaroOctober, 2016
The Role of Fiduciaries – Legal and Ethical Considerations for Executors, Trustees, Guardians and their Attorneys, CLE presentation at the Bergen County Bar Association
Attorneys Speaking: Christopher P. Massaro and Steven M. SaraiskyJune 26, 2015



Gift Planning in 2021

Tax, Trust & Estates Law February 22, 2021

Steven M. Saraisky
Should I be a C Corp? Choice of Entity after Tax Reform

Tax, Trust & Estates Law January 22, 2018

New Jersey Enacts Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act

Tax, Trust & Estates Law December 19, 2017

Foreign Parents With U.S. Children: Trusts Play an Important Role

The Legal Intelligencer February 14, 2017

The Repeal of the New Jersey Estate Tax: Is it Now Safe to Move Back to New Jersey?

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law October 19, 2016

How to prepare for the aftermath of a loved one's death

Crain's Wealth June 10th, 2016

Toward a Better Buy-Sell Agreement

New Jersey Law Journal Business succession planning: Encourage your clients to get it done February 5, 2015

The Importance of Selecting the Best Fiduciary

New Jersey Law Journal July 24, 2014

Who is a Large Employer Under Obamacare?

Employment Law Monitor May 9, 2013

After the Fiscal Cliff — A Summary of the New Federal Gift and Estate Tax Law

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor January 10th, 2013

"New Jersey Enacts B Corporation Law"

New Jersey Law Journal June 27, 2011

New NJ Tax Legislation is Pro-Business - Changes Multistate Allocation Factor; Allows Netting of Gains and Losses of Certain Types of Business Income

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor May 2, 2011

IRS Commences Second Voluntary Disclosure Program for Taxpayers with Foreign Assets

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor March 1, 2011

Tiger Schulmann Karate KO'd by NJ Division of Taxation

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor February 1, 2011

Consider a Client's Burial Wishes

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor February 1, 2011

New Five Year Rule Provides Built-In Gains Relief to S Corporations

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor January 3, 2011

Second Circuit Finds No Code §2036 Inclusion of Residence in Decedent's Estate

Tax, Trusts & Estates Law Monitor September 1, 2010

Structuring a Foreigner's Purchase of U.S. Situs Real Estate

New Jersey Law Journal March 29, 2010

Simple Goals in a Complex World

The Hedge Fund Law Report March 18, 2010

Building Flexibility Into Irrevocable Trusts

New Jersey Law Journal September 1, 2008

Thinking About Selling?

Cole Schotz Docket Tax Considerations for Business Owners Preparing for Sale Spring 2007


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