Stuart M. Gladstone

Practice Areas

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1971
  • New York University, LL.M. in Taxation, 1976
  • Rutgers University, B.A., with honors, 1967
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Stuart M. Gladstone

Chair, Trusts & Estates

Linda Blaustein

Stuart Gladstone is recognized as one of New Jersey's leading authorities representing individuals as well companies of all sizes, in the fields of comprehensive estate planning, business succession and estate taxation. His particular blend of experience proves invaluable for business owners wrestling with the structuring of purchase and sales of companies; tax efficient transfers of company equity to family members; qualified and non-qualified retirement plans; and key personnel incentive plans. He also provides counsel on estate planning to minimize federal and state estate death taxes through wills, trusts, life insurance planning and sophisticated gift and/or sale strategies.



Stuart Gladstone is well published and is a frequent lecturer before professional groups, including the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, The National Association of Life, Life Underwriters, and New Jersey State Society of CPAs. Among his published works are:

  • "Estate Planning & Elder Law: N.J. Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples" (Co-Author), New Jersey Law Journal;
  • "The Charitable Lead Annuity Trust" (Co-Author), New Jersey Law Journal;
  • "Life Insurance Has a Price" (Co-Author), New Jersey Law Journal;
  • "Estate Planning," New Jersey Transaction Guide, Matthew Bender;
  • "Retirement Planning," New Jersey Transaction Guide, Matthew Bender;
  • "Cafeteria Plans Offer Choices for Dealing with Rising Costs," (Co- Author), New Jersey Business Journal;
  • "Easing the Excise Tax Bite on Pension Plans," New Jersey Law Journal;
  • "Age-Weighting Benefits Older Business Owners," New Jersey Law Journal;
  • "Planning for the OFOBI Deduction," New Jersey Business Law
  • “Deferred Compensation Basics: What You Need to Know to Avoid Substantial Penalties,” Brach Eichler CPA Series, October 19, 2016
  • “What You Need To Tell Your Clients About Proposed Regulations Under IRC Section 2704,” Brach Eichler CPA Series, September 16, 2016
  • “Guide To Completing Form 8971,” Brach Eichler CPA Series, June 21, 2016
  • “Estate Planning to Optimize Basis Step-up,” Brach Eichler CPA Series, December 10, 2015
  • “The New Alimony Law and Drafting of Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements,” Brach Eichler CPA Series, December 3, 2015
  • “Foreign Tax Planning,” Brach Eichler CPA Series, September 17, 2014
  • “The 3.8% Medicare Tax: How To Deal With It and How To Avoid It,” Brach Eichler CPA Series, December 4, 2013


Stuart is a member of the firm's Management Committee and is a founder and chairman of the board of the Essex County Estate Planning Council. He is chairman of the firm's Tax Practice Group.  He is also a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Stuart was named as a "Top 1% Americas Most Honored Professional" in 2015 by The American Registry.  Stuart has been peer review rated as AV Preeminent, the highest rating for professional excellence by Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected by his peers on an annual basis to the Best Lawyers in America list and the New Jersey Super Lawyers list since 2005. He was also recognized as a Best Lawyer in New York in 2009 by New York Magazine. In addition, Stuart was selected as a New York Area Top Lawyer in 2011 and 2012 by New York Magazine and a Top Lawyer of New Jersey in 2012 and 2014 by New Jersey Monthly. He is a past recipient of the Fidelity Union Trust Company Estate Planning Award, and he has been an honored member of Who's Who for Lawyers and Who's Who Worldwide.  In addition, Stuart was recognized as a Top Legal Leader for New York and New Jersey by ALM for 2015.


  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Fellow
  • Association of the Federal Bar of the State of New Jersey (former Chairman of the Committee on Business Taxation), Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Taxation (former Chairman of the Committee on Business Taxation), Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • Essex County Bar Association, Former Chairman
  • Essex County Estate Planning Council, Chairman