Estate Probate and Administration
Health Care Proxies
Post-mortem Tax Planning
Powers of Attorney
Wills and Trusts
Ms. Fastman first joined Hall & Hall in 1986 as an associate and was made partner in 2003. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fastman was a solo law practitioner in Staten Island and a court attorney for the Hon. Frederic S. Berman in the New York County Supreme Court. Ms. Fastman is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts Courts of New York. She is a member of the Surrogate's Court and Elder Law Committees of the Richmond County Bar Association and is a member of the Trusts and Estates Section and Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association
She has lectured before civic organizations on Staten Island; before the New York State Bar Association and before the Richmond County Bar Association. She has published numerous articles in various legal publications, among them the New York Law Journal, the CPA Journal, the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Newsletter and the New York State Bar Association Elder and Special Needs Law Journal.
Originally from The Netherlands, Lainie R. Fastman has been practicing law since 1981, with a focus on estate planning, will drafting, post-mortem tax planning, guardianship proceedings, elder law, probate contests, estate litigation, and the administration of wills and trusts.
Ms. Fastman has co-authored numerous articles on trusts, estate law, probate, contested matters in the Surrogate's Court and related issues for the New York Law Journal, CPA Journal, Richmond County Bar Association Journal, and the Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, as well as the Elder Law Journal of the New York State Bar Association. She conducts Continuing Legal Education (CLE)-approved lectures on estate tax, elder law, asset protection, and trust issues for the Richmond County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and St. John's University Staten Island Campus, and has given talks on estate planning and special needs trusts issues to the Staten Island YMCA and other civic associations. Ms. Fastman earned her Juris Doctor law degree, cum laude, from New York Law School, where she was given the Professor Vincent LoLordo Award for Excellence in Administration of Criminal Justice. She received her Bachelor's degree from CUNY Richmond College, graduating with highest honors and a 4.0 grade point average. Ms. Fastman is fluent in Dutch and also has a working knowledge of German and Spanish.
On March 9, 2017 the Richmond County Bar Association honored her for her contributions to the legal profession.