History

We founded Bischof & Bischof LLP in 2005 to  advise individuals and families on estate planning (wills and trusts) and estate administration (probate and intestacy).

Several factors distinguish an engagement with our firm.  For wills and trusts, once we have a sense of the project, we charge a flat fee.  Because we are a boutique practice, we can deliver a level of service and attention unavailable with big firm economics.

Families use our services to protect their loved ones and to be financially responsible.  We help people discuss their plans, and then we draft clear, binding documents.  When young children are involved, our clients are assured that the right people will become guardians/trustees and that those fiduciaries will have appropriate guidance. Clients who have children with special needs, children of a prior marriage, or same-sex partners also benefit from specific tailored provisions.

With proper planning, many of our clients lower or entirely eliminate estate tax exposure, leaving more for their relatives, friends, and charities.

The firm also works in the probate courts to assist clients with a smooth estate administration, advising executors/administrators, beneficiaries, creditors, trustees, and other interested parties.


Our team

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Education

  • New York University School of Law, LL.M. (in Taxation), 1995
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1993
  • Amherst College, B.A., 1989

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1994
  • Connecticut, 2006

Associations

  • New York State Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Partner

George L. Bischof

George studied philosophy at Amherst College, graduating in 1989 with a B.A., cum laude. During a year internship in Amherst’s Public Affairs Office as the College’s Sports Information Director, he applied and was accepted to Yale Law School.

While at Yale, his activities outside the classroom included Barrister’s Union, Moot Court, and the Journal of Law and Feminism; he also took Gross Anatomy at the medical school and did get-out-the-vote work for various political campaigns.  He received his J.D. in 1993.

After graduation, George obtained his LL.M. (in Taxation) at NYU School of Law while working in the tax department at Gordon, Altman, Butowsky, Weitzen, Shalov & Wein, where he remained on a full-time basis following graduation.  After working at LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae on tax issues specific to the insurance industry, he returned to a general federal practice at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, where he advised a mix of individual, partnership, tax-exempt, and corporate clients on federal and state tax issues.

In 2000, George moved to the New York office of Australia’s Macquarie Bank Limited, where he developed and marketed cross-border structured finance products.  He and a colleague then led the expansion of the bank’s cross-border leasing practice into the U.S. lessee market; they were then recruited in 2003 to Global Capital Finance, a lease advisory boutique, to expand their practice into the U.S.  George returned to the practice of law in 2005.