John Farinacci represents clients in all aspects of trust and estate law, including estate planning, probate, estate and trust administration, Surrogate’s Court practice and guardianships. His practice is most heavily concentrated in estate litigation, trust litigation and related disputes.

John has successfully handled numerous contested cases including both the prosecution and defense of contested probates/will contests, will and trust construction proceedings, contested fiduciary accounting proceedings, imprudent fiduciary investment cases, contested guardianship proceedings, kinship proceedings, discovery and turnover proceedings, constructive trust proceedings, and a broad variety of other disputes that relate to the affairs of a decedent or administration of an estate or trust.

He is a partner and cochair of Ruskin Moscou Faltischek, P.C.’s Trusts and Estates Department.

John handles appeals, as well as cases, at the trial court level. He has argued numerous appeals in the NY State Supreme Court, Appellate Division and successfully argued an appeal in NY’s highest court, the NY State Court of Appeals.

His clients have included individual beneficiaries, heirs, executors, trustees and corporate fiduciaries.

He frequently lectures in continuing legal education programs of law on various trusts and estates topics and serves on the board of trustees of the Long Island Children’s Museum.
John began his career in Surrogate’s Court practice as an intern with the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court (Hon. C. Raymond Radigan) in 1996.

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates, member since 1998
    Current member of the Executive Committee
    Current chair of the Estate Litigation Committee
    Past vice-chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee
    Past chair of the Surrogate’s Court Committee
  • Nassau County Bar Association Surrogate’s Court Estates and Trusts committee member since 1998
    Past chair
  • Columbian Lawyers Association of Nassau County member since 2013
  • Trustee of the Long Island Children’s Museum

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers: 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2020 and 2021 selectee for New York Metro
  • Long Island Business News’ 40 under 40 Award. 2007 honoree.
  • New York State Bar Association: 12-time recipient of certificates of appreciation for the contribution of time, effort and ability in improving the professional competence of the bar.
  • Nassau Academy of Law: Presented with certificates of merit for service and expertise for the advancement of legal jurisprudence


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