Jay J. Freireich

Top rated estate & trust litigation attorney in Florham Park, New Jersey

Freireich L.L.C.
Jay J. Freireich
Freireich L.L.C.

Practice Areas: Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate, Tax; view more

Licensed in New Jersey since: 1987

Education: University of Miami School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

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Freireich L.L.C.

23 Vreeland Road
Suite 100
Florham Park, NJ 07932 Visit website


At the law firm of Jay Freireich, Esq., Jay J. Freireich focuses his practice on a variety of tax and business issues. His experience includes estate and trust litigation, estate planning and probate, business litigation, corporate transactions, and financial services. Mr. Freireich has developed long-standing business relationships with his clients throughout northern New Jersey and Morris, Essex, Hudson, Bergen and Passaic counties.

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from York University in 1982, Mr. Freireich earned his Juris Doctor in 1985 from the Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad College of Law. He went on to earn a Master of Law in taxation from the University of Miami in 1986. Today, Mr. Freireich is admitted to practice law in the states of New Jersey, New York, Florida and Pennsylvania, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Tax Court, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 3rd Circuits.

Mr. Freireich’s reputation for outstanding legal ethics and customer service have earned him numerous accomplishments and awards, including the highest peer rating of AV Preeminent* from Martindale-Hubbell. He has assisted clients in multimillion-dollar tax matters and given lectures in continuing legal education seminars. Several of his cases have been included in notable publications such as The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times.

Among his accomplishments, he is particularly well-known for assisting Congress in writing the innocent spouse provisions within the Internal Revenue Code. Mr. Freireich has also appeared as an expert witness in the matters of taxes, trusts and estate law.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Estate & trust litigation, Estate planning & probate, Tax: business, Business litigation, Business/corporate, Closely held business

Focus areas

Will contests, Estate planning, Guardianships & conservatorships, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills, Tax law, Non-compete agreements, Business formation and planning, Limited liability companies, Partnership, Sub-chapter s corporations, Contracts, Business organizations

  • 30% Estate & trust litigation
  • 20% Estate planning & probate
  • 20% Tax: business
  • 10% Business litigation
  • 10% Business/corporate
  • 10% Closely held business

First Admitted: 1987, New Jersey

Professional Webpage: http://www.jayfreireich.com/about_me

Educational Background:
  • University of Miami School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation
  • Nova University, 1985
  • York University, B.A., 1982
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President two years running of Livingston Rotary Club, Livingston, New Jersey
  • Temple BNai Abraham - Mens Club Officer, 2019
  • Cockrell v. Commissioner
  • Friedman v. C.I.R., 97 T.C. 606 (U.S. Tax Ct. 1991)
  • English v. C.I.R., T.C. Memo 1990-662 (U.S. Tax Ct. 1990)
  • Etonic Worldwide, LLC v. Kinetic Sports, Inc., 2005 WL 3527249 (D.N.J. 2005)
  • Friedman v. C.I.R., 159 F. 3d 1346 (2d. Cir. 1998)
  • Ronson v. Talesnick
  • Friedman v. C.I.R., T.C. Memo 1995-576 (U.S. Tax Ct. 1995)
  • Cockrell v. C.I.R., 116 F. 3d 1472 (2d Cir. 1997)
  • Cannon v. C.I.R., T.C. Memo 1990-410 (U.S. Tax Ct. 1990)
  • Lerman v. Lerman, 2009 WL 2365973 (App. Div. N.J. 2009)
  • Ronson v. Talesnick, 33 F. Supp. 2d 347 (D.N.J. 1999)
  • Friedman v. Commission
  • Friedman v. C.I.R., T.C. Memo 1993-549 (U.S. Tax Ct. 1993)
  • Wulach v. Busell & Stier
  • Friedman v. C.I.R., 53 F. 3d 523 (2d Cir. 1995)
  • Sunik v. C.I.R., T.C. Memo 2001-195 (U.S. Tax Ct. 2001)
  • Estate of Swensen v. Dir., Div. Tax, 12 N.J. Tax 558 (N.J. Tax 1992)
  • In re Estate of Stancheck, 2008 WL 706919 (App. Div. 2008)
  • Rosenthal v. Klein, 1989 WL 84300 (E.D. Pa. 1989)
  • Sunik v. C.I.R. 321 F. 3d 335 (2d Cir. 2003)
  • Cummin v. U.S., 1994 WL 669148 (D.N.J. 1994)
  • Friedman v. C.I.R., T.C. Memo 1996-327 (U.S. Tax Ct. 1996)
  • DeGuzman v. U.S., 147 F. Supp. 2d 274 (D.N.J. 2001)
  • Friedman v. C.I.R., T.C. Memo 1992-89 (U.S. Tax Ct. 1992)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Tax Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit
  • Florida
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Earning Trust, Financial Planning, 2011
  • Tax Court Extends Period of Limitations for Seeking Equitable Innocent Spouse Relief, New Jersey Law Journal, 2011
  • How to Avoid the Currency Transaction Trap, New Jersey Law Journal, 2010
  • IRS Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program Offers Stark Choices for Taxpayers, Accounting Today, 2014
  • Wealth Management: Foreign Assets: To Disclose of Not To Disclose?, New Jersey Law Journal, 2014
  • Using the Foreign Nongrantor Trust to Avoid Capital-Gain Income, New Jersey Law Journal, 2013
  • "Succession Planning," NJ Independent Electrical Contractors Association's Meeting, May 2015
  • "Are You in the 40 Percent? Planning for Succession," 2016 NFDA International Convention & Expo, October 2016
  • "Innocent Spouse Tax Relief," Jewish Family Services, April 2016
  • Succession Planning for Small and Medium Size Businesses, April 2016
  • "The Standard of Care in Estate Tax Planning Malpractice Claims Against Attorneys", Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2009
  • “Estate Planning”, Essex County Bar Association, June 2012
  • Warning: Double Check Deadlines Provided by IRS New Jersey Law Journal, June 26, 2017
  • "Is 100-year-old Federal Estate Tax history under Trump?"NYDailyNews.com, January 12, 2017
  • "Family Financial Meetings Should Have a Place on Your Calendar," Mainstreet.com (quoted in), April 11, 2015
  • "What Do You Do When a Family Member Wants to Contest a Will?"SavingAdvice.com, November 13, 2015
  • "How to Keep Family Members from Disputing a Will," The Street quoted in, November 5, 2015
  • "The OVDP and Streamlined Programs Explained," New Jersey Law Journal, September 1, 2015
  • "Choosing the Best Offshore Disclosure Program for Clients,"Accounting Today, August 11, 2015
  • "Do's and Don'ts in Estate Planning," New Jersey Newsroom, March 21, 2015
  • "Want to Spare Family Pain? How to Finish Your Will, Stop the Arguments," MainStreet, February 12, 2015
  • "Consider Year-End Charitable Giving Options Carefully," NJBIZ, December 17, 2014
  • Estate Planning, 2017
  • “Estate Planning”, Essex County Bar Association, June 2012
  • “Planning for your future: An overview of Estate Planning and Asset Protection", Civic Group, November 2011
  • "Estate Planning Update for 2017" New Jersey Continuing Legal Education Foundation, May 2017
  • "Offshore Voluntary Disclosure Program" and "Avoidance of Capital Gains Tax Through Use of Foreign Nongrantor Trust" Inn of Transactional Court, November 8, 2016
  • Understanding Estate and Inheritance Taxes in New Jersey, New Jersey Business, 2013
  • 2012 Estate Planning: The Greatest Year Ever? Strategies to Consider before the, New Jersey Law Journal, 2012
Industry Groups:
  • Mid-sized Businesses And Their Owners
  • Small Businesses

Office location for Jay J. Freireich

23 Vreeland Road
Suite 100
Florham Park, NJ 07932

Phone: 973-845-2050


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2015 - 2023

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