Probate is a
state court supervised procedure to authenticate a Will and to pass ownership
of a deceased person's assets to the beneficiaries under that Will. If a person
elects to have a probate by signing a Will (rather than signing and
Dear Liza: My dad named his mother as his beneficiary, but she passed away in 2004. My dad died in 2013 but didn’t change his beneficiary. I am my father’s only child and he has no wife, so who gets the money ? When a person dies and there’s...
Dear Liza: A friend of mine is considering a living trust. The only property he has is a coin collection maybe worth around $15,000. He has an adult daughter who he doesn’t communicate with and does not want her to get anything. He would like to...
By Jennifer F. Hillman, Esq.
Most communications between an attorney and client are privileged pursuant to New York Civil Procedure Act (“CPLR”) § 4503. There is, however, a carve-out in proceedings concerning the probate, validity...