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Nicholas J. Dimakos focuses primarily on probate and fiduciary litigation.  His practice includes all types of contested trust and estate matters, including will contests and challenges to account beneficiary designations; accounting actions involving estates, trusts, and powers of attorney; contested administrations involving challenges to and the defense of the actions of fiduciaries; and trust terminations and modifications. Nick’s practice also includes guardianship litigation.  He represents healthcare facilities and family members seeking guardianship and serves as court-appointed counsel for alleged incapacitated individuals.

Nick regularly appears before probate courts throughout northern and central New Jersey, including Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset, Union, and Warren counties.  Nick’s experience before these courts helps him to guide clients in formulating the proper strategy tailored to their particular case.

Nick writes about probate litigation and guardianships on the firm’s NJ beneficiary rights blog, Guardians of Your Will.  Nick clerked for the Assignment Judge of Bergen County, the Honorable Peter E. Doyne (Ret.), before entering private practice.

Articles

Blog - NJ Beneficiary Rights Law Blog

Executing New Jersey Estate Planning Documents During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Three Factors to Consider After the Death of a Joint Bank Account Owner

When a Copy or Unsigned Will May Be Good Enough

Nursing Homes Cannot Contractually Require You to Guarantee Payment of the Cost of a Family Member’s Care

Are Conversations from Beyond the Grave Admissible in Estate Litigation?

What Rights Do I Have If I’m Not the Guardian?

Potential Limits on Beneficiaries’ Rights to Remove a Corporate Trustee

Will the Court Allow Me to Appoint a Back-up Guardian?

Can’t We Settle? In a Guardianship – No.

Ongoing Reporting Requirements of a Guardian

The Law Protects Guardians Against Second-Guessing

In Undue Influence Cases, Shifting the Burden Does Not Always Mean Winning the Case

Mild Dementia May Not Mean Lack of Capacity

Liability as Guardian

Overview of the Guardianship Process: Responsibilities Have Just Begun

Guardianship Privacy Protections

It May Be Up To You To Prevent Exploitation

Overview Of The Guardianship Process: Your Day In Court

Is Seeking Guardianship The Same As Suing A Family Member? And Other Personal Considerations In Filing A Guardianship

How Much Is Bringing A Guardianship Application Going To Cost Me?

Lessons From Life Insurance

Overview Of The Guardianship Process: Meeting The Court-Appointed Attorney

Overview Of The Guardianship Process: Preparation For Filing

Guardianship: One Option For Helping Loved Ones Who Can’t Help Themselves

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  • “Probate Part Practice, including Guardianship Update,” Somerset County Bar Association CLE Marathon Day, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, NJ, October 14, 2019
  • “Probate and Trust Litigation: Real-World Insights for Both Estate Litigators and Planners,” National Business Institute, Princeton, NJ, July 9, 2019
  • “Trusts Gone Wrong: A Primer on Potential Problems with Trusts,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, May 1, 2019
  • “Handling Contested Guardianships,” NJICLE, Fairfield, NJ, January 24, 2017
  • “Probate Part Actions,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, May 18, 2016
  • “Guardianships 101,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgewater, NJ, May 13, 2015
  • Obtained summary judgment terminating testamentary third party special needs trust and securing distribution of corpus to trust beneficiary
  • Obtained with-prejudice dismissal for commercial client on motion for improper forum
  • Part of team representing a closely held corporation and its majority shareholders, which obtained voluntary dismissal after successfully opposing minority shareholders’ application for a court-appointed agent to run the corporation’s affairs, including allegations of oppression, fraud, and mismanagement
  • Part of a team representing a charitable entity, which obtained summary reversal by the Appellate Division of trial court’s improper decision denying motion to dismiss
  • Successfully argued in Appellate Division against plaintiff’s appeal of trial court decision granting our client’s motion to dismiss

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