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Ian W. MacLean


Managing Attorney

Ian W. MacLean is an AV Rated trusts and estates attorney with over twenty years of experience. Ian focuses his practice on estate and trust litigation, contested probate, turnover proceedings, trust administration disputes, contested accountings and guardianships. He also advises clients on non-contested probate, estate and trust administration and accounting, post-mortem asset protection, estate planning, business succession and minimizing taxes. A significant part of that counsel often includes recognizing the likelihood of future fights over estate plans at death and how to avoid them, fulfilling responsibilities as executors and trustees and ensuring that beneficiaries' rights are protected.

  • Surrogate's Court Litigation
  • Litigation & Negotiated Settlement
  • Litigation Alternative Dispute Resolution and Administration
  • Will Contests
  • Contested Accountings
  • Turnover Proceedings
  • Kinship Proceedings
  • Compromise Proceedings
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Probate
  • Trustee Disputes
  • Guardianship



Planning & Protection

Every client deserves the appropriate level of simplicity or complexity appropriate to his or her needs and wishes – from basic but comprehensive estate planning documents to more advanced and highly sophisticated planning techniques.

  • Wills
  • Revocable Living Trusts
  • Powers of Attorney
  • Health Care Proxies
  • Living Wills
  • Guardianships
  • Customized methods for protecting and passing on financial and other wealth
  • Philanthropy, Family Foundations and leaving a lasting legacy
  • Managing, reducing and eliminating taxes
  • Forming and managing family limited partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Valuation discounting in the sale or gifting of assets
  • Life insurance
  • Private annuities
  • Charitable and non-charitable trusts
  • Family foundations

Professional Associations and Legislation

  • NYSBA, Trusts & Estates Law Section, Executive Committee, 2004 – present
  • Former Co-chairman, Government Relations and Legislation Committee
  • Former chairman and Editor-in-Chief, Newsletter and Publications Committee
  • Former chairman, Estate Planning Committee
  • Westchester Bar Association, member
  • New York City Bar Association, member

Education and Bar Admission

  • J.D. cum laude, New York Law School
  • LL.M. in Taxation, New York University School of Law
  • Admitted to Practice in:
  • New York State
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America