Kurt P. Widmaier is a partner with Russo, Karl, Widmaier & Cordano PLLC and has been a member of the firm for over 30 years in different capacities. Mr. Widmaier began his legal career with the firm in 1985 as an intern.
Mr. Widmaier focuses his practice in all areas of estate planning, both basic and sophisticated, including wills, trusts, estate and gift taxation issues, business succession planning and asset protection.
Kurt also helps individual clients to become Medicaid eligible, including the drafting of Medicaid Qualifying Trusts. Kurt and his staff prepare and file applications on behalf of clients for home care Medicaid as well as chronic long term nursing home Medicaid and related needs.
In addition, Kurt regularly practices before the Surrogate’s Court in both Suffolk and Nassau counties. Kurt handles various litigated matters, including complex contested matters, contested accountings, guardianship proceedings and other miscellaneous proceedings in the Surrogate’s Court across New York State. Kurt and his staff also serve as counsel to numerous fiduciaries, including executors carrying out their duties in the probate process, trustees in various lifetime trusts, as well as testamentary trusts and those trustees who are serving beneficiaries with special needs under a Supplemental Needs Trust.
Kurt is a member of the New York State Bar Association Trust and Estates Section and Elder Law Section, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), Suffolk County Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section, as well as being a member of the Estate Planning Council of Suffolk County. He is former Co-Chairman of the Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court Committee, and regularly serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem to protect the interests of infants and minors, as well as people under a disability. Kurt provides advice to families to help protect their loved ones with special needs which is something that has increased dramatically over the last 30 years. Protecting those who can not protect themselves has been a passion for Kurt and the firm from the outset of his career.
Kurt graduated Stony Brook University with honors and received his Law Degree from Touro College, Cum Laude. Kurt was the recipient of several prestigious American Jurisprudence awards throughout his law school career. Kurt has lived on Long Island his entire life and currently resides in East Northport with his wife and three children.
Areas of Practice
- Estate Planning 20%
- Wills 10%
- Probate & Estate Administration 20%
- Trusts 10%
- Litigation & Appeals 10%
- Elder Law 20%
- Nursing Home Abuse 10%
- New York, 1993
- Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, New York
- Honors: cum laude
- State University of New York, Stony Brook, New York
- B.A. - 1989
- Honors: cum laude
- Senior citizens and families
- Special needs clients
- Estate Planning
- Probate, SCBA, 2016
Honors and Awards
- American Juriprudence awards
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Surrogate's Court Committee, Suffolk County, Co-Chairman
- National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
- Trusts and Estates Division, NYSBA , Member
Past Employment Positions
- Russo, Garguilo & Fox, Intern, 1985 to 1991
- Russo, Fox & Karl, Clerk & Associate, 1991 to 2006