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Ira S. Karlstein

Attorney at Law

Over 50 Years of Experience

For more than a half-century, attorney Ira S. Karlstein has served as a reliable, competent, and approachable estate and probate lawyer. Hailing originally from Brooklyn, he studied political science and pre-law at Brooklyn College before enrolling in New York University. He holds a J.D. and L.L.M. (Masters in Tax Law) from NYU. He became licensed to practice law in New York in 1965 and New Jersey in 1977. He’s currently licensed to represent clients in both states.

Attorney Karlstein’s areas of legal emphasize several niches and technical areas of estate and probate law. He can assist clients in completing a number of legal tasks ranging from simple to complex. They include:

  • Estate and Medicaid planning

  • Drafting wills and trusts

  • Trust, estate, and fiduciary litigation

  • Probate court representation

  • Asset protection

"I find it very satisfying to be able to help people through difficult times in their lives."

Over his 55-year career, attorney Karlstein has learned one major lesson: planning is vital. In estate planning, establishing your intentions both clearly and early is important. A solid estate plan like a will or trust can prevent many issues from arising during the probate court process. Additionally, a thought-out estate plan can save your legacy from losing a portion of its value to estate taxes. With a solid academic foundation and years of real-world experience, attorney Karlstein can ensure that when you pass on, your wealth ends up with your beneficiaries, not the government.

Often, the frugal among us think that they can save money by doing their legal work themselves. While it’s true there is an abundance of resources that a layperson can study. It’s also perfectly legal for someone to draft their own estate plan. However, that line of thinking is a trap. No matter how much research someone does, they can’t match an attorney’s legal experience. A lawyer with a career that spans decades has the hands-on experience that someone can only get from trial and error. To win your case, you’ll need more than research. You’ll need experience. In the Monmouth County area, you can find that experience at the Karlstein Law, P.C.. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Bar Admissions

  • New Jersey

  • New York


  • L.L.M. (Masters in Tax Law) - New York University School of Law

  • J.D. — New York University School of Law

  • B.A. — Brooklyn College