Estate and Elder Law

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Will The Probate Court Protect Me?
Posted on 17 Sep 2010 by Randy Spiro

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 transferring... Read More

Ask Liza: Who Inherits When There’s No Beneficiary?
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Liza Weiman Hanks

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... Read More

Ask Liza: When does a Will Make Sense?
Posted on 19 May 2015 by Liza Weiman Hanks

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... Read More

Must A Living Person Disclose Their Estate Plan: The Limits of NY CPLR § 4503
Posted on 6 Jan 2014 by Jennifer Hillman

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... Read More

  • Blog Post: Will The Probate Court Protect Me?

    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 transferring assets to a revocable living trust) will...
  • Blog Post: Must A Living Person Disclose Their Estate Plan: The Limits of NY CPLR § 4503

    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 or construction of a will. Pursuant to CPLR §...
  • Blog Post: Ask Liza: Who Inherits When There’s No Beneficiary?

    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 no surviving beneficiary named for an account...
  • Blog Post: Ask Liza: When does a Will Make Sense?

    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 leave the collection to me. Is a living trust a good...