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Paul N. Ambrose, Jr.

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Practice Areas

Bar Admission

  • New Jersey, 1980
  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 3rd Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court District of New Jersey, 1980
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1981


Paul N. Ambrose, Jr. chairs the New Jersey firm's office of estate planning, estate litigation and tax practice. Mr. Ambrose has concentrated his practice in the following areas of the law: Corporate law, Taxation, Trusts & Estates, Real Estate, Franchise law, Internal Revenue Service disputes both civil and criminal, Probate and Estate litigation, Commercial transactions and litigation.

Interaction with taxing authorities can be both distressing and unsettling. Mr. Ambrose has represented clients in a variety of matters before the Internal Revenue Service, Division of Taxation of New Jersey and Department of Labor. He is committed to protecting the financial and legal interests of the firm's clients facing those taxing authorities. Mr. Ambrose works directly with our firm's clients in conjunction with accountants, former Internal Revenue Services' Agents and specialists, to create a tax team that focuses their efforts on strategic and tactical decisions at the onset of an inquiry to assist the clients in avoiding or minimizing tax exposure.

Mr. Ambrose has represented proponents and contestants of wills and litigated a wide variety of issues in probate and estate litigation. He has been involved in preparing estate plans, including Wills, Insurance Trusts, Living Wills, Advance Medical Directives, Personal Residence Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Revocable Living Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships or Limited Liability Companies.

Mr. Ambrose has extensive experience with all areas of franchise and distributorship litigation and dispute resolution, representing numerous franchisors and franchisees and distributors and distributees. Whether negotiating a franchise agreement, litigating a distributor termination, or drawing up franchise business plans, Mr. Ambrose can provide professional services to his clients.

Mr. Ambrose was counsel to the noncustodial spouse in the seminal family law case regarding joint de facto custody after the New Jersey Supreme Court relaxed the law for custodial parents to relocate entitle, O'Connor vs. O'Connor, 349 N.J. Super. 381 (App. Div. 2002)


  • Seton Hall University School of Law, Newark, New Jersey
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1979
  • Rutgers College, New Brunswick, New Jersey
    • M.B.A. - 1980
  • Seton Hall University, Newark, New Jersey
    • B.A. - 1975

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • New Jersey State Bar Association, Member
  • Bergen County Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member

Representative Cases

  • O'Connor vs. O'Connor, 349 N.J. Super. 381 (App. Div. 2002)

Published Works

  • "Old Tax Planning Techniques Are Revitalized Under the Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993", The Northwest News, October, 1993
  • "A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in New Jersey", National Business Institute, April, 2002
  • "Section 1031 Exchanges of Investment Property in New Jersey", National Business Institute, January, 2004
  • "Sophisticated Section 1031 Transactions in New Jersey", National Business Institute, April, 2005

Classes & Seminars

  • Lecturer, Accounting Department, Rutgers University, 1987 to 1995
  • Adjunct Professor, Seton Hall University School of Law, 1992 to 1994
  • “Like Kind Exchanges,” National Business Institute, 2001-2004
  • “A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in New Jersey,” National Business Institute, 2002
  • “Estate Planning For Special Situations,” New Jersey Institute for Continuing Education, 2004
  • “Estate Administration Procedures: Why Each Step is Important,” National Business Institute, 2007, 2009
  • “Estate Planning Basics,” National Business Institute, 2007
  • “Top Estate Planning Techniques,” National Business Institute, 2009
  • “The Probate Process From Start to Finish,” National Business Institute, 2010, 2013, 2016
  • “Accounting 101 for Attorneys,” National Business Institute, 2010
  • “Probate Process From A to Z,” National Business Institute, 2011
  • “Probate Boot Camp,” National Business Institute, 2015
  • What To Do When Your Tax Preparer Mistakes with CNBC November 29, 2016
  • Seminar on Estate Administration From Start to Finish November 17, 2016
  • Discusses Tax Implications of a Democratic Win with Bloomberg October 25, 2016

Past Positions

  • Touche Ross & Company, Senior Tax Consultant, 1980 to 1983