Stephen C. Corriss is an associate in the New York office, where he focuses on trust law, estate and wealth-management planning, charitable foundations, income and gift tax planning, estate administration, domestic relations law and family law.
Mr. Corriss' primary areas of legal practice are Trust Law, Estates, Matrimonial & Family Law, Taxation and Individual Client Services. He is legal advisor to various charitable foundations and charitable trusts, and has handled the legal administration of numerous trusts, estates and foundations ranging in size from $1 million to approximately $100 million. He also has served as a special guardian for infants and incapacitated persons in various legal proceedings in the New York State Supreme and Surrogate's Courts. Before coming to Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, in November 1976, he was employed as a Trusts and Estates Administrator and Fiduciary Tax Specialist in the Personal Trust Division at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in New York City.
Mr. Corriss has lectured, from time to time, on various subjects pertaining to trusts and estate planning, federal estate and gift taxation and the administration of estates and trusts in forums hosted by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Bowery Savings Bank, Kidder Peabody & Co. and other institutions. In the field of Trusts and Estates law, Mr. Corriss has authored and co-authored several articles, including the instructive and often reprinted piece, “Should I Create a Revocable Inter Vivos Trust?” which was published in the New York State Bar Journal (December 1991).
Mr. Corriss served as co-Chairperson of a special sub-Committee that was formed to prepare a written report on the application of the Substituted Judgment doctrine within the State of New York. He also has served as co-Chairperson of a special sub-Committee on Insurance Trusts (1982 - 87); is a current member of the Committee of Estate and Trust Administration (1986 - present) and of the Committee on Elder Law (1991 - present); served as co-Chairperson of the sub-Committee on Forfeiture Due to Killing (1986 - 88) and as Chairperson of the sub-Committee on Underproductive Property (1988 - 89); and is a former member of the Committee on Life Insurance (1980 - 86); of the New York State Bar Association
He is listed in Strathmore's Who's Who 1999-2000 and a member of Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights), the New York State and Nassau County Bar Associations and a former member of the American Bar Association and the New York County Lawyer's Association (where he was a member of the Matrimonial Law Committee for approximately six years). He is also recognized by the New York Super Lawyers listing.
During the past twenty-three years, Mr. Corriss has provided extensive pro bono legal services for senior citizens in cooperation with a program operated by Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens, which is administered under the auspices of Volunteers of Legal Services in New York. He also has provided pro bono legal services in conjunction with various matters that have been referred to him by Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts in New York City and by Harlem Legal Services in Manhattan. In recognition of his extensive pro bono work, Mr. Corriss was named a recipient of the New York State Bar Association's Pro Bono service award and named a New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel Honoree.