Michael P.

Trusts & Estates

Of Counsel

New York City

T: 516-227-0616

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About Michael

Michael P. Stafford focuses his practice on trusts and estates, commercial real estate, and estate planning and administration both in New York and Florida. A frequent lecturer at continuing legal education (CLE) programs in both states, Mike’s extensive Florida practice and his involvement in Florida Bar activities make him unique among New York state lawyers.



  • St. John’s University
  • St. John’s University School of Law

Affiliations & Appointments

  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar, Executive Council, Real Property Probate and Trust Law Section (RPPTL), Past Member, Probate Rules Committee, Former Board of Governors and Executive Committee
  • Palm Beach County Estate Planning Council, Board of Directors, Board Secretary
  • The Florida Bar Foundation, Fellow, Former Board of Directors
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Articles & Advisories

Snowbird? Or the real deal?

So you recently moved from New York to Florida? Abundant sunshine, no income tax, no estate tax — wonderful! One…

February 16, 2017

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The “Art” of Estate Planning

January 12, 2014

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Are You Sure you Left New York? (The Tax Man May Not Think So)

January 13, 2013

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Client Advisory – Recession Presents Opportunities for Estate Planning with Real Estate

As we all know, commercial real estate holdings have been significantly impacted by the recession. Vacancy rates have risen, rents…

October 01, 2010

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Client Advisory – The 2010 Federal Estate Tax “Repeal”

As you may already know, much to the astonishment of the legal community, Congress has failed to pass legislation extending…

February 23, 2010

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Helping Clients to Change Domicile Correctly – Avoiding the Tax Reach of “Former” States

May 27, 2009

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Press Releases

29 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2024 Leading Lawyers by Best Lawyers

Farrell Fritz congratulates 19 attorneys on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  2024.…

August 18, 2023

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Farrell Fritz Receives Tier 1 Ranking in 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms”

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that, for the sixth consecutive year, the firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking…

November 01, 2017

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AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell

Peer Review Rating

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St. John's University

2007 Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award

Community Work

Mike is a member of the leadership council of the Catholic Big Sisters Big Brothers of New York City as well as an honorary trustee of the Variety Child Learning Center in Syosset, NY. He is also on the board of directors of Tomorrow’s Hope Foundation.