Howard G. Wachenfeld
Of Counsel

Telephone: 973.623.7068
Facsimile: 973.623.7780

Howard Wachenfeld is a founding member of Tompkins, McGuire and is now of counsel to the Firm. Howard concentrates his practice in estate taxes, estate planning, and contested will interpretations. He has prepared numerous wills and many trusts for both estate tax reasons as well as for personal and family reasons. Howard has drawn documents for clients of modest means and those worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Howard has represented individual and corporate executors, trustees and guardians, and in one case persuaded a court to give permission to a guardian of a wealthy person to make gifts in excess of $2 million. He has also represented beneficiaries in matters involving estate and trust administration.


  • New York University (LL.M., Taxation, 1965)
  • New York University (LL.B., 1957)
  • University of Virginia (B.A., 1951)

Professional Admissions

  • New Jersey, 1958
  • New York, 1981

Professional Activities

  • Member, Essex County Bar Association
    • Chair, Probate Committee, 1976-1979
    • Trustee, 1979-1982
  • Member, New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
    • Chair, 1984-1985
    • Consultor Emeritus, 1985-present
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
    • State Chairman, 1986-1990


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
    • (1st through 10th Editions (1983-present))
  • Trustee and Treasurer, Community Day Nursery, East Orange, New Jersey
  • Trustee and Vice President, Hospital Center at Orange, Orange, New Jersey
  • Trustee, Newark Academy, Livingston, New Jersey
  • Board of Governors and Secretary, Orange Lawn Tennis Club, South Orange, New Jersey