Trusts and estate litigation attorney Eric W. Penzer advises clients involved in trust- and estate-related disputes, including probate contests, discovery proceedings, accounting proceedings, and other litigation related to trusts and decedents’ estates. He frequently writes on the topic of trust and estate litigation for the Farrell Fritz blog, New York State Bar Association Journal and other publications.
How do you maintain your client relationships?
I recognize that we are a service business and that it’s all about making the client happy. The client is coming to me because I have some knowledge about a certain area. I walk them through the process, let them know what to expect, and gain an understanding of what they want to accomplish. I try to let clients know at the outset of the relationship whether their goals are attainable and what it will cost to get there, both in terms of time and money.
“Success for me is helping a client achieve something they may not have been able to without me.”
What are you most proud of in your career?
I began my career as a commercial litigator. When I decided to make trust and estate litigation the focus of my practice, I jumped in with both feet and, relatively quickly, was able to distinguish myself in the field. Farrell Fritz has a reputation in this practice area that is unparalleled, and to be partners with people who are considered leaders in this area is a source of pride. It is a source of personal pride every time I obtain a good result for a client, whether in or out of the courtroom.
How do you give back to the community?
I give time whenever I can. One organization that is particularly dear to me is the Safe Center LI, which was created from a merger of the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) and Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. To me, there is nothing more important than safeguarding children. I had been involved with CCAN for many years and now work with the Safe Center. The firm supports them as well, both financially and by providing pro bono legal services.