By John G. Farinacci, Esq.
In New York Surrogate’s Court litigation, there are many unique discovery devices that would be foreign to an attorney that litigates primarily in State Supreme Court. An SCPA 2103 discovery proceeding is one example...
By: John G. Farinacci
Estate disputes have been called "divorces of siblings." Although sibling disputes over their parent's estates are common, there are many other relationships that result in estate disputes as well. However, the point...
By John Dedon
In the estate tax world, 2013 ended in stark contrast to the frantic planning during 2012. 2013 marked a return to fundamental estate planning; namely, using Wills, Revocable Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Medical Directives, to protect...
By: Jennifer F. Hillman, Esq.
When the nominated executor under a will is also the attorney-draftsman (or an employee of that attorney) additional disclosures are necessary to assure that the nominated executor will receive their full statutory commissions...
By Jennifer F. Hillman, Esq. |
Finding the current whereabouts of long-lost beneficiaries or distributes may be one of the more difficult aspects of an estate proceeding. Aside from the jurisdictional requirements, what happens when a beneficiary or...
The heirs of author, William Styron,
are proceeding with plans to release e-books of Styron titles despite Random
House's earlier claim to the right to publish electronic versions of books.
Random House is backing away from its earlier statement...
By Peter K. Kelly
Of Counsel, Ruskin Moscou Faltischek
Often shortly after a decedent’s death, family members need to search the decedent’s safe deposit box for the original Will, a deed to a burial plot, a policy of life insurance or...