Mark S. Balian, ESQ., MBA, LL.M.

Administrative Partner
(201) 587-0888 Ext. 6407

Areas of Practice
  • Business and Corporate Succession and Tax Planning
  • Tax, Trusts, and Estates
  • Estate and Business Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate and Leasing
  • Guardianship/Conservatorship
  • Medicaid and Elder Law Planning
  • Business Acquisition – Banking/Commercial Transactions/Lending
  • General Corporate/Business Counseling and Non Profit Law
  • B.S. in Accountancy, Villanova University, 2004
  • J.D., Villanova University, School of Law, 2007
  • MBA, Villanova University, School of Business, 2007
  • LL.M. in Taxation, Villanova University, School of Law, 2010
  • Estate Planning Certification, Villanova University, School of Law
Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey, 2008
  • Pennsylvania, 2008
  • Ridgewood YMCA, Board of Directors
  • Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council
  • Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel
  • 200 Club of Bergen County
  • Fraternal Order of Police, Newark, Associate Member and Supporter
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Bergen’s Top Lawyers 2017
  • Bergen’s Top Lawyers 2018
  • Bergen’s Top Lawyer’s 2019

About Mark

Mark S. Balian is an Administrative Partner with the firm sharing administration and firm management duties with Managing Partner, Stuart Liebman. Mark practices in the Tax, Trusts, and Estates and Business and Commercial areas of laws. His focus is in the fields of estate planning, estate administration, elder planning, and estate litigation as well as business and commercial tax planning, litigation and transactions of commercial real estate, leases, acquisitions, mergers, dissolutions, and private business compliance and guidance. His sophisticated and diverse experience working with business and families and educational background enables Mark to assist his clients in multiple often interrelated areas of law while servicing with the care and attention to detail that they deserve.

Mark has negotiated and closed numerous complex business transactions and served as counsel to mid-sized businesses and public corporations in various industries and professions, often working with in-house counsel. His practice also includes succession planning for businesses, conservatorships and guardianships, and the representation of Executors, beneficiaries, corporations and business partners in litigation matters.

Mark’s experience prior to Wells, Jaworski & Liebman, LLP includes employment with a Bergen County law firm practicing in the areas of tax, trusts, and estates and business and commercial Law. In addition, he worked for a Bergen County forensic accounting firm engaged in forensic and legal investigative casework in the areas of estate and gift tax, shareholder dissent and oppression, divorce, and damage claims assisting in the mediation of high net worth divorce cases and master of discovery roles, trust accountings, valuation of private practices, lifestyle analyses, gift tax valuations, and operating and trust agreement analyses. Mr. Balian also served as law clerk to The Honorable Susan Peikes Gantman of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

Mark is a member of the Board of Directors of the Ridgewood YMCA, also serving on the Finance Subcommittee. Mark is a member of the Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council, the Hudson-Bergen Inn of Transactional Counsel, Bergen County Bar Association, the 200 Club of Bergen County, an organization which supports local public servicemen and women, and a supporter of the Newark Fraternal Order of Police.

Mark is a cum laude graduate of Villanova University, receiving a Bachelors of Science degree in accounting with a concentration in the honors program in 2004. He graduated from the Villanova University School of Law and School of Business in 2007, receiving both his Juris Doctor and Master in Business Administration. After law school, Mr. Balian received his LL.M. (legal master’s degree) in taxation from Villanova Law in addition to a certificate in estate planning. He is licensed in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Mark has litigated matters at the New Jersey Supreme Court and the Appellate Division level.

Mark lives in River Vale with his wife, Adriana, and their son, Mark, and their daughter, Viviana.

Tax, Trusts, and Estates

Highly skilled tax, trusts and estate planning attorneys and paralegals handling from complex to basic estate planning and estate administration including drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and living wills.


Experienced civil and commercial litigation attorneys handling matters ranging from liability, contract disputes, estate controversies, employment issues, tax appeals and more.

Real Estate

Sophisticated real estate lawyers adept in a wide variety of real estate legal matters , both complex and straight forward, commercial and residential.

Business, Corporate and Commercial

A full range of business and corporate services for all types of corporate and commercial transactions including legal advice for mergers and acquisitions, complex business transactions and financing.

Articles by Mark

What Happens After a Disaster that Leads to Taxpayer Relief

On September 7, 2021, the IRS issued Tax Tip 2021-131 providing important information on tax relief and how to get […]

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Will Your Legacy Withstand the Test of Time? Here’s the Formula.

What makes a family business so successful? How is it that some family run businesses, over the years, prove to […]

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Post-Election Tax Update: How Will a Trump Presidency Affect Your Taxes?

The Election is over. Despite its finality, the barrage of political posts and satires have yet to simmer down. Let’s […]

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Family Business Succession Planning: Why You Should Revisit Your Estate Plan Today

Now is the time you should revisit your current estate plan! In August of this year, the U.S. Department of […]

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How to Fix a Broken Estate Plan

How do you know if your estate plan needs fixing? Perhaps changes have occurred in your family, personal wealth, or […]

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Protecting Assets While Qualifying for Medicaid: Which Trust is Right for You?

A Special Needs Trust (“SNT”) is a trust created for a disabled beneficiary with the specific purpose of supplementing government […]

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Mark in the News

Can a trust be eligible for rebates when someone dies?

Answered by Mark Balian at Q. Are rebates for things like electrical improvements available to homes in trust? And [...]

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How can I get money from this account after co-owner died?

Answered by Mark Balian at Q. I have one checking and one savings account in Florida. One is funded [...]

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