Robert M. Harper concentrates his practice in trust and estate-related litigation in Surrogate’s Court and Supreme Court. He handles matters including probate contests, accounting proceedings, discovery proceedings, removal proceedings and guardianship proceedings. In addition, he is a Special Professor of Law at his alma mater, Hofstra University.
Rob has authored articles for many publications, including Probate & Property, a publication of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association; Michigan State University’s Journal of Medicine and Law; and Quinnipiac University’s Probate Law Journal.
Rob previously served as a law intern to the Honorable Arthur D. Spatt, to the Honorable E. Thomas Boyle and to the Honorable Lawrence J. Brennan.
What are some of your standout cases?
Some of my more memorable matters have involved obtaining summary judgment in contested probate and accounting proceedings and the dismissal of proceedings to vacate probate decrees and revoke Letters Testamentary. I also have negotiated numerous favorable settlements for clients, including one that resulted in the very unusual revocation of a marriage in a hotly contested guardianship proceeding.
“Success means getting a good result – and doing it the right way – so that it reflects well on our clients and on ourselves.”
How do you keep your clients happy?
I keep them informed at every step of the matter. It’s vital that clients understand the merits of their cases and the issues that arise, especially when their emotions are running high. It’s about building a level of trust between the client and me. When they call with a question, they know that I will give them honest, accurate answers and that I am available to assist them however I can.
What are some ways you give back to the community?
I’m a Special Professor of Law at Hofstra University. I really enjoy working with students and helping them to develop their skills as future advocates and attorneys. I am also involved in the Suffolk County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association, because I find that they positively impact the legal profession. In addition, I take on pro bono cases, serving as a guardian ad litem on several matters and trying to have a positive impact on our community.