New York, New York

Posted Date

August 24, 2023

Contact Information

Legal Recruitment

Division of Social Justice

Charities Bureau, Trusts & Estates Section – NYC

Assistant Attorney General

Reference No. CHA/T&E_NYC_AAG_3605

Application Deadline is September 29, 2023

The Office of the New York State Attorney General’s (OAG) Charities Bureau is seeking an experienced trusts and estates litigator to serve as an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in the Trusts & Estates Section in the New York City office. The Trusts & Estates Section represents the Attorney General as the statutory representative of the ultimate beneficiaries of charitable gifts and protects the public interest in charitable gifts and bequests contained in wills and trust instruments. This Section participates in cy pres proceedings, and engages in affirmative civil litigation to, among other things, enforce bequests and remedy misuse of assets by executors and trustees. The AAG hired for this position may also assist in handling withdrawal proceedings in the Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Court as needed.

The responsibilities of this position, include but are not limited to the following:

  • Appearing in Surrogate’s Court and Supreme Court proceedings involving trusts and estates with charitable interests;
  • Representing the interests of the State in proceedings involving estates administered by the Public Administrator and other estates with unknown beneficiaries, including kinship hearings;
  • Litigating contested probate and accounting proceedings;
  • Conducting depositions and discovery in litigated matters;
  • Reviewing fiduciary accountings;
  • Participating in cy pres proceedings; and
  • Handling matters in the Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court in addition to other Surrogate’s Courts and Supreme Courts in the First and Second Judicial

Applicants should have a minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in trusts and estates and civil litigation matters. Candidates should have a solid working knowledge of New York State Supreme Court and Surrogate’s Court practice and experience handling contested court proceedings. Excellent writing skills are also required.

Applicants must reside in (or intend to soon become a resident of) New York State and be admitted to practice law in New York State. In addition, the Public Officers Law requires that attorneys in the Office be citizens of the United States. A two (2) year commitment upon being hired is a condition of employment.

As an employee of the OAG, you will join a team of dedicated individuals who work to serve the people of our State through a wide variety of occupations. To learn more about Assistant Attorney General compensation, please click here. We offer a comprehensive New York State benefits package, including paid leave, health, dental, vision and retirement benefits, and family-friendly policies. Additionally, the OAG offers a robust Workplace Flexibilities Program with multiple options for employees, including telecommuting (up to two days per week) and alternative work schedules.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted online. To apply, please visit our careers website:

To ensure consideration, applications must be received by close of business on September 29, 2023.   

Applicants must be prepared to submit a complete application consisting of the following:

  • Cover Letter
  • You may address to Legal Recruitment.
  • Indicate why you are interested in this position and what makes you a strong candidate.
  • Resume
  • Legal Writing Sample
  • List of three (3) references
  • Only submit professional references, supervisory references are preferred.
  • Indicate the nature and duration of your relationship to each reference.
  • Include contact information and email addresses for each reference.
  • Please note, your references will not be contacted until after you interview for the position.

If you have questions regarding a position with the OAG and the application process or need assistance with submitting your application, please contact Legal Recruitment via email at or phone at 212-416-8080.

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