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Charles Groppe
Of Counsel
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Putney Twombly Hall & Hirson LLP
521 Fifth Avenue New York, NY, 10175USA
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CHARLES J. GROPPE is Senior Counsel to the firm, which he joined in 1960 from United States Trust Company.  He was a partner in the firm for many years concentrating his practice in the area of estates and trusts, including estate planning, tax planning; drafting of wills, trusts and related documents; administration, settlement and distribution of estates and trusts, and Surrogate's Court litigation in contested matters. Mr. Groppe currently advises numerous estate and trust beneficiaries as well as executors and trustees as to their rights and obligations.

He has been a Fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) since 1972.  He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2001 - 2013).  He has been selected each year by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Super Lawyer in the New York Metropolitan Area in the field of Estate Planning & Probate.

He has written extensively on professional subjects.  Until recently he was lead editor of the multi-volume Harris, New York Estates: Probate, Administration and Litigation, Sixth Edition, published by Thomson West, a leading estate practice text for New York State practitioners.  He was an adjunct Professor at Pace Law School from 1989 - 1994, teaching Federal Estate and Gift Taxation. He has lectured before professional and lay audiences on estate and trust related subjects, and New York Bankers Association schools, New York State Bar Association and Practising Law Institute programs.

He is routinely appointed to act as guardian ad Litem by the Surrogate Judges to represent infants, unknown heirs and persons who may be under a disability.  In approving a settlement and an application for attorneys’ fees in a recent case in which Mr. Groppe acted a guardian ad Litem for an infant and took the lead in resolving long-standing disputes over a $26 million estate, the Surrogate of Westchester County considered each of the factors mandated by case law for the award of fees and “especially the renowned expertise of the guardian ad litem in estate matters.”   His reputation for wisdom and judgment is well-established, and developed over a distinguished career of more than one-half century participating in a legion of cases covering the spectrum of estates and trusts jurisprudence.


     Matter of Greene, File No. 2006-2967 (Surr. Ct. Westchester Cty. 2/4/2009) (NOR).

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