Nicholas J. Dimakos focuses on trust and estate litigation, representing both beneficiaries and fiduciaries in contested matters. His practice encompasses a broad range of disputes, 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 executors and trustees; trust terminations and modifications; and guardianship actions.

Nick regularly appears before probate courts throughout northern and central New Jersey, including Bergen, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Union, and Warren Counties. He is also frequently appointed to serve as counsel to alleged incapacitated individuals, and he volunteers as a mediator for the Probate Early Settlement Programs in Somerset and Middlesex Counties. Nick’s experience helps him to advise clients in formulating a strategy tailored to their case and to maintain a comprehensive and even-keeled perspective when guiding clients through the emotionally fraught issues that often arise when the opposing parties are members of the same family.

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


Blog - NJ Beneficiary Rights Law Blog

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The Importance of Exculpatory Language in Litigation against Fiduciaries

Understanding Your Duties as Attorney in Fact, and Three Practical Tips to Comply With Them

Court Affirms That Children Cannot Sue on Behalf of a Parent Solely by Virtue of Being the Parent’s Child

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


See More
  • “Trust Disputes: Current Trends and Hot Issues,” National Business Institute, Webinar, June 23, 2021
  • “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
  • Defended client appointed as deceased brother’s Executor, Trustee, and agent; part of trial team that obtained judgment completely dismissing the beneficiaries’ seven-figure claim of misappropriated assets, as well as denying payment from the Estate of the beneficiaries’ counsel fees
  • Sued on behalf of a beneficiary who would have been effectively disinherited due to an invalid trust amendment; obtained a ruling declaring the invalidity of the amendment at the outset of the case, resulting in settlement during the early stages of the litigation
  • Represented client who had signed as responsible party for his brother’s admission to a nursing facility; succeeded in settling the matter for approximately one-tenth of the amount of the judgment the facility had obtained against the client
  • Obtained judgment in federal court awarding life insurance proceeds to decedent’s former spouse, who was entitled to them by a prior judgment of divorce, where decedent had named his new wife as the beneficiary
  • Represented client who was co-trustee of his brother’s trust, and co-trustee and beneficiary of his own related trust, in connection with his brother’s divorce proceedings; successfully opposed attempt of brother’s wife to claim that assets placed into the trusts by the client’s father were subject to equitable distribution
  • 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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