• Law Office of Thomas K. Chu

    Estate and business succession planning for individuals, households, and owners of small-to-medium-sized businesses.

Where there‘s a will,
there’s a way to protect your assets

Succession planning

In addition to a focus on estate planning (drafting wills and trusts, protecting assets, and making lifetime plans around powers of attorney, health care proxies, and disability), I also offer a specialty to help owners of small-to-medium-sized businesses consider succession, where I coordinate a team of legal and financial specialists in business law, labor and employment law, tax, investments, insurance, and retirement to create and optimize a plan to grow and eventually sell the business.

Business Transition Planning

While I use the term “business succession planning,” a more precise but not-as-popular term might be “business transition planning” or even “business exit planning” as succession planning is a subset of the other two. In some cases, the most attractive possibility for a business owner is in fact to sell the company and its assets without a succession.

According to Business Week, only 40% of family-owned businesses survive into the second generation, and far fewer, 13%, make it into the third generation. There are many factors that work against smooth and successful transition which require the informed perspectives of many specialists.

Supporting your goals and success

Whether or not your small-to-medium-sized business is intended for or suited to a family succession, I can assemble and coordinate a multi-disciplinary team of experts whose members not only respect and complement one another’s gifts and skills, but are dedicated to supporting your goals and success. Many owners are so busy in the “doing” of their business that there is not enough time or energy left to do the planning that is needed.

Presentations for nonprofits

I also give presentations at meetings of religious, community, and educational groups on a wide range of topics relating to wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, organ donation, electronic assets, and more. Public dates will be added to the calendar soon.

Background and Expertise


  • Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University (J.D., Elder Law/Estate Planning, 2012)
  • Columbia University in the City of New York (B.A., 1989)


  • Sole Practitioner
    Law Office of Thomas K. Chu
  • President of the Board of Directors
    FaithTrust Institute
  • Legal Intern
    Davidow Davidow Siegel & Stern
  • Transformative Mediator
    Mediation Center of Dutchess County
  • Program Director, Ministries with Young People
    The Episcopal Church

Contact Me

11 Broadway, Suite 615
New York, NY 10004

E-mail: thom@tkchulaw.com
Phone: (212) 882-1128