Katz, Smith & Chwat, PC is a firm forged out of years of experience and commitment to high standards of client service and professional excellence. The firm’s partners joined together to bring their experience to a firm that can provide a comprehensive package of services to clients to protect their legacy and plan for their future, the future of their families and their businesses.
We represent individuals and small, closely-held and family-owned businesses who are seeking sound legal advice from attorneys who can guide them through sensitive legal issues relating to tax, business transactions, estate and succession planning, elder law (including special needs planning, Medicaid, and guardianships), or probate and trust administration.
We pride ourselves on providing practical, hands-on, personalized advice to our clients and educating them about their legal needs to help them to reach their business and personal goals.
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Neil D. Katz is the Managing Partner of Katz, Smith & Chwat, PC. A respected member of the legal profession, he is responsible for the administration of the firm’s overall practice. In addition, he serves as KBC’s lead attorney for all tax matters, corporate and tax planning and business sales and acquisitions. He also lends his assistance in many sophisticated estate planning matters.
Neil specializes in federal and state income tax issues, as well as in matters relating to corporate, partnership, estate and gift taxation.
Kim M. Smith is a partner at Katz, Smith & Chwat, P.C., handling matters in elder law and estate planning, estate and trust administration, Medicaid planning and applications, guardianships and special needs planning. Kim’s goal is to provide clients with practical, down to earth advice and tools that they need to plan for their future or deal with a present need for care – whether for themselves or for their loved ones.
Lara R. Chwat is a Partner of Katz, Smith & Chwat, PC. Her areas of practice include Federal and State tax matters, Business Transactions and Estate Administration.
Lara guides clients facing Federal, New York State and New York City tax audits through the often confusing and nerve-wracking audit process. If the client’s tax issue is not resolved at audit, Lara represents her clients before the Appeals Office of the Internal Revenue Service, the New York State Bureau of Conciliation and Mediation Services (BCMS), or, when necessary, in Federal Tax Court or at the…
Alyssa Wanser is an Associate at Katz, Smith & Chwat practicing predominantly in the areas of trusts and estates and corporate law. Alyssa worked with Neil Katz and Lara Chwat at Katz, Bernstein & Katz before joining them at the new firm. She works with the firm’s partners helping clients with their estate planning documents and estate administration matters, as well as aiding with corporate documents for the firm’s business clients.
Varun Kathait is an associate with Katz, Smith & Chwat P.C., handling all stages of Federal and State criminal and civil tax matters. He counsels clients on audits, tax controversies, penalty issues, and foreign and domestic voluntary disclosures. He also assists in advising clients about the tax consequences of corporate, partnership, estate and gift taxation matters.
Elyssa D. Kaplan is a law clerk at Katz, Smith & Chwat, P.C., where she assists with the firm’s elder law, estate planning and administration matters including the administration of estates of various sizes as well as estate planning with an emphasis on asset protection strategies for Medicaid purposes. She sat for the July 2017 bar exam and is currently awaiting admission to the New York bar.
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