Justin M. Smigelsky Associate
Justin M. Smigelsky has extensive experience in all facets of trusts and estates law, which allows him to routinely navigate the unique rules, procedures, and substantive law in matters involving Surrogate Courts. Justin’s focus at Seeger Weiss relates to probate issues that arise in complex litigation, including the processing of mass tort settlements, where coordination and review of probate procedures and documents is often required for proper distribution of settlement proceeds. Justin also collaborates with co-counsel throughout the country to address intricate trust and estate issues or to obtain court approval where necessary for certain settlements involving estates, trusts, guardianships, or minors.
Justin’s experience in probate matters includes commercial litigation involving estates and trusts, estate and trust administration, facilitating the appointment of personal representatives, will contests, prosecution and defense of fiduciaries, insolvency petitions, fiduciary action for advice and direction, spousal elective share and omitted spouse claims, matters involving undue influence and pre-death misconduct, elder and power-of-attorney abuse, actions to settle or compel settlement of fiduciary accounts, funeral and interment / disinterment disputes, and drafting of various estate planning documents. Justin is also experienced in divorce and family law, personal injury and general litigation.
Prior to joining Seeger Weiss, Justin was an associate at Windels Marx Lane & Mittendorf, LLP, where he practiced primarily in probate litigation.
Justin was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 2012. He received his juris doctorate, cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware in May of 2012. While a student at Widener, he served as a staff member (2010-2011) and Research Editor (2011-2012) for the Widener Law Review, President of the Military Law Society, and Research Assistant to Professor James R. May. He completed his undergraduate studies at Rutgers College, Rutgers University – New Brunswick with a B.A. in criminal justice and a minor in political science. While at Rutgers, he was a varsity member of the Division I wrestling team.
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
- New Jersey State Bar Association
Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
Family Law Section
- Middlesex County Bar Association
Elder Law Section
Chancery Practice Section
Family Law Section
Civil Trial Practice Section