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Richard J. Cea

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Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in New York, NY

Wingate, Kearney & Cullen, LLP
111 John Street, Suite 1040
New York, NY 10038
Phone: 718-852-5900
Fax: 718-852-8168
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2015, 2018 - 2022
Licensed in New York Since: 1978
Practice Areas: Estate Planning & Probate, Estate & Trust Litigation, Business/Corporate, Elder Law, Employment & Labor: Employer
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Richard J. Cea is a partner at Brooklyn, New York-based Wingate, Kearney & Cullen, LLP. With over four decades of experience, he provides advice and counsel to clients around the state in a number of complex legal areas. Among the matters in which individuals and organizations seek his guidance are cemetery law, not-for-profit law, estate planning, trusts and estates, elder law and asset protection, and real estate.

In 1974, Mr. Cea graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations. He then attended Fordham University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1977. Mr. Cea also holds certificates in labor relations studies from the Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School and in Estate and Gift Tax Planning from the New York University School of Professional Studies. Admitted to practice in New York, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Cea has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Cea is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Catholic Cemetery Conference, the New York State Association of Cemeteries and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Brooklyn. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Mr. Cea is often asked to deliver presentations to professional groups on topics related to his practice areas.

*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
  • 30%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 30%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Elder Law
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employer
Focus Areas

Power of Attorney, Trusts, Contracts


8 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2015, 2018 - 2022

About Richard J. Cea

First Admitted: 1978, New York

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Lectured, National Catholic Cemetery Conference
  • Presenter, New York State Cemetery Association's legal panel

Pro bono/Community Service

  • National Catholic Cemetery Conference, Member
  • Association of St. Vincent De Paul of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Member of the Board of Directors
  • New York State Cemetery Association, Member

Educational Background

  • University of Notre Dame, 1974
  • New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Estate and Gift Tax Planning Certificate, 2004
  • The New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, 1995

Bar/Professional Activity

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Inc., Vice President, 1987-1997
  • New York State, 1978
  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1999
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild, Director, Kings County Chapter, President, 1990
  • Trans Video Communications, Inc., Vice President, 1983-2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1982
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Inc., Former Board of Directors
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1979


  • HeartShare Human Sevices of New York Hertiage Human Services Saint John's Cemetery Cypress Hills Cemetery The Evergreens Cemetery, 2019

Representative Clients

  • Saint John's Cemetery; Cypress Hills Cemetery; The Evergreens Cemetery; Washington Cemetery; Heritage Human Servics and,  HeartShare Human Services of New York, 2021

Industry Groups

  • Cemeteries
  • Charitable Entities
  • Religious Entities
  • Small Businesses and individuals
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Office Location for Richard J. Cea

111 John Street
Suite 1040
New York, NY 10038

Phone: 718-852-5900

Fax: 718-852-8168

Last Updated: 5/16/2022

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