Albert (Ab) Hessberg has focused his practice on trusts and estates for more than 25 years, and is the senior member of the firm’s Trust & Estate Practice Area in its Albany Office. Ab has represented clients in Surrogate’s Court and Supreme Court throughout New York State and is also admitted to practice in Florida. His experience covers estate planning (both pre- and post-mortem), estate administration, will contests, construction proceedings and contested accountings. He also practices extensively in the related arena of Elder Law, advising clients and their families in areas of Medicaid planning, guardianship and end of life issues. He is a seasoned litigator, versed in all phases of contested matters, from discovery through trial.
Ab’s understanding of the complex and ever changing Estate, Gift and Generation Skipping Transfer Tax Laws, allows him to advise his clients on the current benefits of charitable giving, and the establishment and operation of both private foundations and publicly supported charitable organizations.
Ab has participated as a speaker for the New York State Bar Association, has lectured before numerous private and not-for-profit groups and has been a speaker for the firm’s in-house Continuing Legal Education Program. Ab has also been instrumental in initiating the “Wills for Heroes” program which provides advance directives and estate planning documents for veterans in Upstate New York.
- Prevailed in litigation to remove fiduciary from office during the pendency of the estate, and had him replaced by our client the beneficiary.
- Handled complex litigation to establish a client's right to inherit from decedent's estate which was valued at approx $3,000,000 based on DNA evidence proving a blood relationship.
- Represented charitable organizations in cy pres proceedings seeking to enforce a charitable bequest.
- Successfully defended client fiduciaries against will contests, and successfully prosecuted will contests on behalf of client beneficiaries.
- Assisted numerous families and individuals with the formation and funding of Supplemental Needs Trusts for the benefit of disabled loved ones, to insure access to government benefits and provide ongoing funds to improve quality of life of the disabled individual.
- Develop estate plans for high net worth individuals, assuring disposition of assets during life and after death in manner meeting personal goals and achieving maximum tax benefits.
- Obtained dismissal after trial in favor of client executor of all claims brought against estate by former business partner of decedent, seeking to obtain the estate assets on the grounds of conversion, implied partnership, and constructive trust.
- Albany Law School of Union University, J.D., cum laude, 1981
- Middlebury College, B.A., cum laude, 1977
- New York, 1982
- Florida, 1983
- U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
- Counsel, Town of Wilton Planning Board & Zoning Board of Appeals, 1989-1993
- Counsel, Wilton Water & Sewer Authority, 1993-1995
- New York State Bar Association, Trusts & Estates Section, Health Law Section, Elder Law Section
- The Florida Bar
- Albany County Bar Association
- Academy of the Holy Names, Board of Trustees, past president
- E.N. Huyck Preserve, Board of Trustees
- Middlebury College Alumni Admissions
- Friends of Schuyler Mansion, past president
- The Dudley Observatory, Board of Trustees
- Fort Orange Club, Board of Trustees, 1991-2000
- Albany Academy, Former Member of Board of Trustees and Secretary
- Albany Academy Alumni Association, Former Member and past president
- Seminar on Estate Planning & Will Drafting, Probate & Administration of Estates for New York State Bar Association
- Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Peer Review Rated for Very High to Preeminent Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
- Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Partner