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.


  • “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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