• Gary Mazart contributes more than 35 years of experience to both Schenck Price’s Estate, Gift and Charitable Planning Practice Group, of which he is co-chair, and the Elder and Special Needs Law Practice Group. In addition, he has taken a leadership role in a wide variety of professional, business, civic and charitable organizations, including the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA); American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC); the Alzheimer’s Association; Market Street Mission, dedicated to helping people overcome homelessness, addictions, and disabilities; and Daytop NJ, an evidence-based, trauma-informed residential and out-patient substance and alcohol treatment program for adolescents, young adults and single mothers.

    His professional commitment extends to his regular lectures to professional and civic groups on estate, gift and charitable tax planning, elder law and special needs planning. Gary also serves on the Sussex County Probate Court Mediation Panel, established in 2019.

    Some recent presentation topics for which he has prepared materials include "Designating Trusts as Beneficiaries of IRAs and other Retirement Assets: More of the Same After ATRA 2012 and ACA 2010," “Grantor Trusts: Utilization in the Estate, Elder and Disability Law Practice,” “Federal Estate Tax Repeal: No Big Deal (For Most Elder and Disability Law Clients),” “Federal Estate and Generation Skipping Tax Repeal: Impact on Elder and Disability Law Planning and Drafting,” “Estate Tax Reform 2011-Riding Off Into the Sunset-Again!!,” and “New Jersey Estate Tax and Related Changes: Doing the Hokey-Pokey—Drafting and Other Considerations” and "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJH 2017) Impact on Seniors and Persons with Disabilities."

    Gary’s recent professional honors include his listing among the Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts and Estates by The American Lawyer magazine (2004-2019), and being named as both one of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers by Inside New Jersey, a publication of the Newark Star-Ledger (2011-2019), Best Attorneys in New Jersey as listed in Best Lawyers ® Magazine, (2014-2019) New Jersey Edition, Best Lawyers in New Jersey as published in the New York Times (2015), and in the top 1% of America’s Most Honored Professionals by American Registry (2011-2019), Top Rated Lawyers, New Jersey's Legal Leaders, as published in the Wall Street Journal.

    In addition to his leadership roles in diverse professional, business, and charitable organizations, Gary is a member of the Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey, the Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc., and the Special Needs Alliance. Gary is also an honorary trustee and former chairperson for Community Health Law Project, a not-for-profit legal services corporation serving the indigent, those with disabilities and the frail elderly.

    • Included on the list of Morris/Essex Health & Life magazine's 2018 and 2019 "Top Lawyers" in Wills, Trusts, Estates, Probate
    • Listed among the Best Lawyers in America® ** in Trusts and Estates, The American Lawyer magazine (2004-2019)
    • Selected to the 2005 through 2020 New Jersey Super Lawyers® * list, featured in New Jersey Monthly magazine, in the field of Estate Planning & Probate
    • Included among the Best Attorneys in New Jersey ** as listed in Best Lawyers ® magazine, 2014 New Jersey Edition
    • Listed among the Best Lawyers® ** in Trusts and Estates in the New York area by New York Magazine (2006-2015)
    • Named as one of the New York area’s top lawyers by New York Magazine (2008-2014)
    • Acknowledged as a leader in the trust and estate field and was elected as a Fellow to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    • Listed among the Best Lawyers in New York City published by the Wall Street Journal November 2015
    • Recognized by the American Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division as one of “Twenty Young Lawyers Who Make a Difference”
    • AV® rated, the highest rating conferred by Martindale-Hubbell® for legal ability and professional ethics, based upon a peer review of the Bar and the Judiciary
    • Peer Review Rating™ AV Preeminent Lawyers.com by Martindale-Hubbell®(2010-19)
    • PRR AV Preeminent™ Attorneys (2010-19)
    • PRR AV Preeminent™ Attorneys Judicial Plaque (2011-2019)
    • 10-Year Anniversary (AV® Rated for Ten Years) (1999-2009)
    • Rated as a top attorney by New Jersey Monthly magazine (2010-2019)
    • Named as one of New Jersey’s Best Lawyers by Inside New Jersey, a publication of the Newark Star-Ledger (2014)
    • Named in the top 1% of America’s Most Honored Professionals (2011-2019)
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    • Contributing author, September 2017 Legal Updates for Businesses
    • Co-Author, The Affordable Care Act and Your 2016 Income Tax Return, March 3, 2017
    • Co-Author, "Trusts for the Benefit of Disabled Persons: Understanding the Differences Between Special Needs Trusts and Supplemental Benefits Trusts," New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (February 2009)
    • Co-Author, "Matrimonial Settlements: A Public Benefits Conundrum," published by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (February 2009)
    • Co-Author, "The Revival of the Income-Only Trust in Medicaid Planning," Estate Planning magazine, Volume 36 (January 2009)
    • Co-Author, “Transfer Tax Planning for Incapacitated Persons by Guardians,” published by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s (NJSBA) New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (April 2002)
    • Author, “Protecting the Home in Government Benefits Planning,” published by the NJSBA’s New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (October 1994)
    • Author, “Lifetime Planning,” published by the New Jersey State Bar Association’s New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (January/February 1991)
    • Editor and Contributing Author, New Jersey Elder and Disability Law Practice, published by the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education
    • As a regular lecturer, presentation topics for which he has prepared materials have included: “Planning for Parents with Special Needs Children (2001/2002),” “Lifetime Planning and Government Benefits Eligibility for Custodial Care Coverage After the Balanced Budget Act of 1997,” “Private Annuities and Self-Canceling Installment Sales in Medicaid and Estate Planning,” “Tax Considerations in Government Benefits Planning,” “Family Limited Partnerships: Estate and Medicaid Planning Strategies,” “Family Limited Partnerships and Business Valuations: Same As It Ever Was,” “Estate and Gift Tax Provisions of Economic Growth and Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2001: A Practical Overview for the Elder Law Practitioner,” and “Lifetime and Asset Preservation Planning: A Comparative Approach to Seeking Medicaid Eligibility in New Jersey and New York” (2011)
    • An Introduction To Trusts For The Benefit of Disabled Persons: Understanding The Basic Differences Between Special Needs Trusts and Supplemental Benefits Trusts (2009)
    • Designating Trusts as Beneficiaries of IRAs and Other Retirement Assets: Drafting Considerations and Traps (2013)
    • Designating Trusts as Beneficiary of IRAs and Other Retirement Assets: More of the Same After ATRA 2012 and ACA 2010 (2013)
    • Estate Planning: Frequently Asked Tax Related Questions from the Elder Law and Special Needs Planning Practitioner (2012)
    • Estate Tax Reform: Riding-Off into the Sunset…Again - Supplemental Materials - Top 10 Tax Related Questions (2011)
    • Federal Estate and Generation-Skipping Transfer Tax Repeal: Impact on Elder and Disability Law Planning and Drafting (2010)
    • Federal Estate Tax Repeal: No Big Deal (For Most Elder and Disability Law Clients) (2010)
    • “Middle Class” New Jersey Estate Tax Planning: Together with Some Drafting and Related Considerations (2014)
    • New Jersey Death Tax Returns and Issues Related to Taxation of Special Needs and Supplemental Benefits Trusts (2015)
    • New Jersey Elder and Disability Law Update (2008-2010)
    • New Jersey Elder and Disability Law Update: Selected Topics (2010)
    • New Jersey Elder Law: Lifetime and Long Term Custodial Care Planning (2009-1010)
    • New Jersey Elder Law Overview: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue (2009)
    • Selected Elder Law and Special Needs Law Update and Related Tax and Planning Issues (2015)
    • Selected Tax Issues for Elder Law and Special Needs Practitioners (2015)
    • Taxation of Elder and Disability Law Related Trusts (2013)
    • Taxation of Special Needs Trusts, Supplemental Benefits Trusts, Grantor Trusts, and Qualified Disability Trusts (2016)
    • Trustee, Board of Trustees, Daytop NJ
    • Co-Founder, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
    • Member, Estate Planning Council of Northern New Jersey
    • Member, Guardianship Association of New Jersey, Inc.
    • Member, Special Needs Alliance
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Market Street Mission
    • Member, Alzheimer’s New Jersey, Advisory Board
    • Former Trustee, Elder and Council Member, Community Church of Smoke Rise (Kinnelon, New Jersey)
    • Former Vice Chair, NAELA, New Jersey Chapter
    • Former Chair, NAELA—Tax Special Interest Group
    • Former Consultor, New Jersey State Bar Real Property—Probate and Trust Law Section
    • Former Legal Correspondent, News 12, New Jersey’s 24-hour cable news network
    • Former Chair, New Jersey State Bar Association—Elder and Disability Law Section
    • Former Member, National Board of Alzheimer’s Association
    • Former Vice President, Alzheimer’s Association, New Jersey Chapter Board
    • Represent individuals to create and implement federal and state estate tax reduction strategies
    • Represent seniors and individuals with disabilities to create and implement elder law and special needs planning
    • Represent individual and corporate entities regarding the administration and settlement of various estates and trusts
    • Represent individuals, including seniors and individuals with disabilities, to develop and execute family asset-preservation strategies
    • Represent closely held business owners and all publicly and non-publicly traded companies with transition and succession planning
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