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, guardianship proceedings, and wrongful death compromise proceedings. In addition, he is a Special Professor of Law at his alma mater, Hofstra University’s Maurice A. Deane School of Law.
As co-chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Trusts & Estates Section’s Legislation and Governmental Relations Committee, Rob was instrumental in ensuring that proposals to amend Estates, Powers and Trusts Law sections 11-1.5 and 11-A-2.1 and Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act section 1724 passed the New York Legislature and were signed into law by Governor Cuomo in 2014. Rob also authored a proposal to amend Mental Hygiene Law section 81.21, which the Governor signed into law in 2015. In 2016, the Governor signed into law a proposal that Rob co-authored, extending to revocable trust contests the exception to the attorney-client privilege that is codified in Rule 4503(b) of the Civil Practice Law and Rules.
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.
“Success means getting a good result – and doing it the right way – so that it reflects well on our clients and on ourselves.”