Attorney Profile

Albert W. Petraglia

Of Counsel

Albert W. Petraglia concentrates his practice on Surrogate's Court litigation, trusts and estates administration, and complex estate planning and related tax matters.

Of Counsel to Rivkin Radler's Trusts, Estates & Taxation Practice Group, Albert is routinely appointed by the Surrogate's Court to act as a guardian ad litem for interested parties. He also routinely defends guardians and other appointed fiduciaries against claims alleging breach of duty.

Before joining Rivkin Radler, Albert served as Chief Clerk-Referee at the Nassau County Surrogate's Court for 30 years. As Chief Clerk-Referee, he was responsible for the daily operation of the Nassau County Surrogate's Court. He conducted court conferences and referee hearings, supervised and trained court personnel, and served as liaison with the Office of Court Administration, the State Bar, and the media and the public.

Albert oversaw the installation in the Nassau County Surrogate's Court of one of the most advanced computer systems in the state and initiated a program to digitize Surrogate's Court files as a way to preserve file integrity and to provide easy access to data. While serving as the Fiduciary Clerk for the Nassau County Surrogate's Court, Albert also routinely conducted seminars for guardians and potential guardians ad litem.

Before joining the Nassau County Surrogate's Court, Albert was a member of the New York County Surrogate's Court Law Department. Before that, Albert was in private practice, concentrating on trusts and estates, guardianships, and real estate law.

Active in the Surrogate's Courts Chief Clerk's Association, Albert is the outgoing chair of the Surrogate's Law Association, where he has held many committee positions. He also is a past president, and is a current member, of the Columbian Lawyers' Association. A certified financial planner, Albert received his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law.

Albert Petraglia

Long Island
926 RXR Plaza
Uniondale, New York 11556-0926

PHONE (516) 357-3178
FAX (516) 357-3333

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Trusts, Estates & Taxation


New York


New York State
United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


President of the Columbian Lawyers (Nassau County)
Past President of the Columbian Lawyers' Association (First Dept.) 1992
Lecturer: New York State Bar Association; The Nassau Bar Association; The Columbian Lawyers; Surrogate's Law Association (Nassau County); First Department, New York County Lawyers' Association; and Nassau County Department of Senior Citizens Moot Court Judge, Brooklyn Law School


St. John's University School of Law, Juris Doctor
Adelphi University, Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
Pratt Institute, Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering; Dean's List - Third Year, Graduate of the Cooperative Education Program, Exchange Student through United Nations' I.A.E.S.T.E. Sponsorship