Kristen K. Luce

  • Partner



Ms. Luce joined Coughlin & Gerhart LLP in 2007 and is a Partner with the firm. She is chair of the firm's Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Ms. Luce's practice is concentrated in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate administration, guardianships, adoptions, litigated estate matters and real estate.  She practices in the firm's main office, as well as the Owego branch office. She has been selected as a Rising Star among New York lawyers for estate planning from 2013  2018, by SuperLawyers magazine.  In 2017 Ms. Luce was named to the 24th Edition of the Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of Trusts & Estates. Ms. Luce has been given this award every year since 2017 (for the Best Lawyers in America© for Trust & Estates).



Ms. Luce is a current member of the Broome County and New York State Bar Associations. She is a member of the New York Bar Association's Elder Law and Special Needs Section.  Ms. Luce previously served on the Board of Directors to the local American Automobile Association (AAA) Club. She is a past co-chair of the Broome County Bar Association's Young Lawyers Committee.  She served on the Board of Directors for the Mother's and Babies Perinatal Network (April 2008 February 2016) and is a former member of the Owego Rotary.  In 2014 and again in 2018, Ms. Luce was appointed by the Town Board of the Town of Binghamton to an interim position of Acting Town Justice.

Publications & Presentations

  • Broome County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, "Who Gets Stuck with the Bills? Payment of Debts in an Estate";
  • Broome County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, "Life Use: Now What?";
  • New York State Teacher's Retirement System, "Estate Planning." (Ongoing presenter for their PREP programs for New York teachers);
  • Broome County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, "Non Probate Assets and Traps for the Unsuspecting";
  • Broome County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, "Probate Proceedings, EPTL Article 3, SCPA Article 14"; and
  • Broome County Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education, "Medicare Benefits to the Senior Client Living at Home."

Honors & Awards

  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers' Rising Stars, 2013  2018 (Estate Planning)
  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2017  Present (Trust & Estates)


Practice Areas:

  • Real Estate
  • Trust Estates


  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • J.D. - 2007
  • Binghamton University, Binghamton, New York
    • B.A. - 2002
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Philosophy
    • Major: Politics & Law

Bar Admission

  • New York, 2008


  • Listed, Best Lawyers in America©, 2017 – 2023 (Trust & Estates)
  • Listed, Upstate New York Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, 2013 – 2018 (Estate Planning)

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Associations, Member
  • Broome County Bar Association, Member
  • Binghamton Chapter of the American Automobile Association, Board of Directors