Annmarie PhotoAnnMarie Palermo-Smits

Managing Member
Office: 973.256.1927  x103
Cell: 973.703.2758
Fax: 973.256.1904
Email: asmits@smitslaw.net
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AnnMarie was born in Kassel, Germany, August 26, 1967; admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1994 and New York and the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in 1995. Education: William Paterson University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1989); Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center (Touro) (J.D., 1994). Member: New Jersey State, New York State and American Bar Associations; Associations of the Bar of the City of New York (a former member of the Estate and Gift Taxation Committee); Northern New Jersey Estate Planning Council.

AnnMarie Palermo-Smits is the Managing Member of the law firm of AnnMarie Palermo-Smits, LLC, where she heads the practice in Tax, Trusts and Estates. Her estate practice is concentrated in the fields of tax and estate planning and trust and estate administration. She also advises and assists the private clients with their charitable goals and real estate needs. Ms. Smits designs and implements estate plans with interests in respect to the inter-generational transfer of family wealth, including family business interests; the reduction of gift, estate and generation-skipping transfer taxes; estate liquidity needs, charitable gifts, bequests and asset protection planning. She has extensive experience drafting and reviewing various estate planning documents. Ms. Smits supervises the administration of numerous estates and trusts. She is responsible for post-mortem planning and tax advice, preparation of federal and state estate and inheritance tax returns and attention to family dynamics and concerns. She is experienced in handling Internal Revenue Service audits of estate and gift tax returns and estate and trust litigation matters, including guardianship and conservatorships.


  • Wells Jaworski & Liebman LLP, Paramus, New Jersey, Partner 2007-2012;
  • Fox and Fox LLP, Livingston, New Jersey, Counsel and Partner 2002-2007;
  • DLA Piper, New York, New York, Associate 1999-2002;
  • Hall Dickler Kent Friedman & Wood LLP, New York, New York, Associate 1997-1999;
  • Bryan Cave LLP, New York, New York, Associate 1994-1997

Frequent lecturer for National Business Institute (NBI) and the Certified Public Accountant Network for Northern New Jersey.

Scott-Novak-PhotoScott H. Novak

Of Counsel
Office: 973.256.1927
Fax: 973.256.1904
Email: snovak@smitslaw.net
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Scott Novak is an experienced attorney with a masters law degree in federal taxation (LL.M.). The help that Scott Novak provides to his tax clients revolves around the philosophy that there is a solution to every problem, no matter how difficult the problem is. Most tax problems are solved through strategy and negotiation.  Another core belief is that most tax problems of consequence are better solved by a representative, rather than the taxpayer with the problem.  Many clients come to Mr. Novak after they have already made contact with the IRS or the state.  In some instances, this contact has unintended negative results.  Don’t put yourself in that situation.  A representative is not emotionally involved in the matter and knows how to protect your rights. 

Highly skilled at navigating the confusing laws, regulations, protocols, settlement negotiations, and mediations on behalf of his clients, Scott Novak handles many different types of matters. Scott is also working with the firm on all trust and estate matters, including Estate Planning, Estate Administration, Trust Administration, Probate Litigation, Guardianships, and Conservatorships.

  • LL.M., Federal Taxation, New York University Law School, May 1989
  • J.D., Temple University, May 1984
  • B.S., Accounting, Fairleigh Dickinson University, May 1981
  • Adjunct Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University

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Chris Connelly

Office Manager/Paralegal
Office: 973.256.1927  x102
Fax: 973.256.1904
Email: chris@smitslaw.net
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Tammy Kaminsky

Legal Assistant
Office: 973.256.1927  x101
Fax: 973.256.1904
Email: tkaminsky@smitslaw.net
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Megan Ciaburri

Real Estate Paralegal
Office: 973.256.1927, option # 3
Fax: 973.256.1904
Email: mciaburri@smitslaw.net
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