Michael Davidov

Top rated Estate Planning & Probate attorney in New Hyde Park, New York

Davidov Law Group, P.C.
Michael Davidov
Davidov Law Group, P.C.

Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law, Estate & Trust Litigation; view more

Licensed in New York since: 2006

Education: The City University of New York School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Hebrew, Russian

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

Davidov Law Group, P.C.

1981 Marcus Avenue
Suite 231
New Hyde Park, NY 11042 Visit website


Fluent in Hebrew and Russian as well as in English, Michael Davidov is the founder of the Davidov Law Group, P.C. He focuses his practice on elder law issues along with estate planning and administration, and he represents clients throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and other parts of the greater New York City metropolitan area from his firm’s offices in New Hyde Park.

Mr. Davidov has been admitted to practice in New York since 2006, and he is also a certified financial planner. In addition, he is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York as well as the U.S. Tax Court, and he has been accredited as an attorney by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Davidov received a Bachelor of Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 1995, and he subsequently attended the City University of New York School of Law, where he served on the CUNY Law Review and participated in the school’s Elder Law Clinic before graduating with his Juris Doctor in 2005. 

Mr. Davidov helps his clients to preserve and protect their assets for both their later years as well as for future generations. To that end, he prepares and reviews a variety of estate planning documents, including wills, trusts, financial and health care powers of attorney, and advance medical directives. For his elderly clients, Mr. Davidov outlines the long-term care alternatives that might be suitable for them, and he assists them with Medicaid planning. He also has a separate wealth management clinic that analyzes the financial strategies of people who are about to enter retirement age. He has received a 10.0 peer review rating through Avvo for the overall high quality of his work in all of these areas.

Practice areas

Estate Planning & Probate, Elder Law, Estate & Trust Litigation, Real Estate: Consumer

Focus areas

Estate Planning, Power of Attorney, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Will Contests, Wills

  • 40% Estate Planning & Probate
  • 40% Elder Law
  • 10% Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10% Real Estate: Consumer

First Admitted: 2006

Professional Webpage: https://www.davidovlaw.com/attorneys/michael-davidov-esq-cfp...

Educational Background:
  • Certified Financial Planning Courses, Lublin School of Business at Pace University, 2001
  • $900,000+ settlement in a contested estate administration case, Nassau county, 2010
  • Trial verdict in favor of client in who suffered losses as a result of a real estate transaction that failed to close, 2010
  • Favorable settlement after litigation of a large Medicaid estate recovery claim in Queens county Surrogate's court. The settlement reached was for 11% of the amount claimed by Medicaid, 2017
  • Represented beneficiary in a contested Surrogate's Court proceeding to object to administration of estate, appointed client as fiduciary, and litigated against estate beneficiaries and bank to turnover deed to house.  Queens County Surrogate's Court., 2014
  • Settlement after initiating and litigating a contested estate accounting, Queens county Surrogate's court, 2019
  • Kinship trial in Queens county Surrogate's court representing the rights of an alleged non-marital child, 2015
  • Settled estate litigation proceeding for 90% + of amount claimed on behalf of claimants in a turnover proceeding against an estate fiduciary in Queens County Surrogate's Court., 2014
  • Represented estate beneficiaries against Executor in a turnover proceeding after beneficiaries learned that Executor stole decedent's house while she was alive.  During discovery and depositions of the Executor and others, I uncovered a significant amount of information that lead to a very favorable settlement for my clients., 2015
  • Settlement in a right of election case that resulted in receiving the full demanded value for the surviving spouse after litigation with the decedent's executors, 2013
  • Favorable settlement in a will contest in Queens county Surrogate's court.  I represented the objectants/distributees, 2013
  • Verdict in favor of Nursing Home client in a non-payment case against Nursing Home resident and her spouse, 2012
  • Represented Trustee in Trust Accounting for a ten year period.  The accounting was contested by beneficiaries.  Negotiated and resolved the case to client's satisfaction., 2014
  • Created a charitable remainder trust for client with highly appreciated stock portfolio.  The significant savings on income tax deductions were used to fund an irrevocable life insurance trust. , 2014
  • Administered estate valued at 12.5 million that included preparing and filing of the 706 estate tax return, selling a number of assets, and addressing and negotiating multiple claims by various parties., 2021
  • Created a charitable lead trust to save client a significant amount of income taxes and to shelter assets in a Roth IRA, 2021
  • Administered multi jurisdictional estate and trust administration, including probate, trust administration, estate tax return preparation and associated corporate matters relating to decedent's estate.  Utilized valuation discounts to lower liability for New York and federal estate taxes., 2015
  • Created Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust for clients with significant real estate holdings.  The result is more than $5 million in estate and GST tax savings for the family., 2016
  • Represented high net worth clients (35+ million) in establishing leveraged GRATs that sheltered a significant part of their estate from estate taxes., 2015
  • Obtained Medicaid Nursing Home benefits for individual who made transfers during the 5 year look-back period.  The client faced a decision from Medicaid that would have rendered him disqualified of Medicaid benefits for 38 months without my assistance.  I was able to qualify him with within 9 months, saving the client and the client's family $348,000., 2016
  • Helped client return home after hospital and nursing home stays.  I obtained maximum Community Medicaid home care services for this client suffering from Alzheimers and a recovering from a fall., 2016
  • Guided corporate tenant through a multi year 6+ million dollar lease negotiation., 2013
  • Administered complicated estate valued at 20 Million +, 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Board of Governors, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, 2015
  • New York State Bar, United States Tax Court, United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys., 2016
  • Presented at CUNY School of Law about law practice management., 2018
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • drafted supplemental needs trust for wounded 9/11 first responder, 2016
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Life and Health Ins. licensed, 2020
  • Series 65 licensed, 2013
  • Real Estate Broker License, 2018
  • Certified Financial Planner, 2012
  • Selected as a SuperLawyers honoree, Super Lawyer Honoree, Thompson Reuters, 2021
  • Member of Board of Governors, Member of the Board of Governors, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, 2012
  • Member of New York City Law Review of CUNY School of Law, Staff Member, New York City Law Review, 2003
  • I was on the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys.  In this role, the Board helps to guide the organization in matters pertaining to legal education, member support and practice management recommendations., Member, Board of Governors, American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys, 2012
Representative Clients:
  • Estate fiduciaries, beneficiaries, high net worth individuals, small to mid sized businesses, nursing homes, and Medicaid applicants, 2022

Office location for Michael Davidov

1981 Marcus Avenue
Suite 231
New Hyde Park, NY 11042

Phone: 516-587-5555


3 Years Super Lawyers
4 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2016

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