Of Counsel

lblasberg@cmmllp.com
(631) 738-9100 ext. 368

Laura Blasberg offers experienced representation in general tax, estate planning, and tax controversy matters for individuals and businesses throughout Long Island and New York State.  A published author on estate planning and taxation issues, Laura has represented clients in the real estate, finance, fashion, and publishing industries as well as hotel owners, public utilities, plumbers, contractors, and many other fields.  She also counsels both sellers and buyers of real estate to minimize their tax liability and achieve their business goals.  She has worked for almost twenty years in large law firms, both in Manhattan and on Long Island, and has represented clients throughout the country and across the globe.

Laura handles all aspects of tax controversy cases including matters before the IRS, New York State Department of Taxation, and the New York City Department of Finance.  Representative matters include tax audits, appeals, conciliation conferences, Tax Court litigation, residency and responsible person audits, offshore voluntary disclosures, installment agreements, penalty abatement requests, and offers in compromise.  If you are experiencing a tax issue with the IRS, New York City, or New York State, Laura has the background and experience to handle your case.  She has obtained private letter rulings from the IRS and has given legal opinions on tax consequences of certain transactions when appropriate.

In the estate planning arena, Laura advises clients, including individuals with extensive commercial real estate holdings, on simple and complex estate planning matters.  She also optimizes estate plans to avoid any unnecessary taxes being owed by the heirs.  Her practice includes the drafting of wills, health care proxies, and General Durable Powers of Attorney.  She also counsels clients on estate freeze techniques, trusts, and public charity and private foundation counseling.

Laura also has significant experience assisting clients in corporate matters including business formation, mergers and acquisitions, contract drafting, and 1031 exchanges.  Laura understands that hiring a lawyer is a major decision in a person’s life and that every client deserves the utmost respect and best possible service.

Education
Catholic University of America, B.A., Finance
Duke Law School, J.D.
New York University School of Law, L.L.M. in Tax Law

Admissions
New York

Boards, Associations, and Leadership
Task Force, Stony Brook Children’s Hospital
Dinner Committee, Ward Melville Heritage Organization
Stony Brook Rotary Club
American Bar Association