The law of gifts was set forth in the classic case of Gruen
v. Gruen, 68 N.Y.2d 48, 505 N.Y.S.2d 849, 496
N.E.2d 869 (1986) , a case concerning the gifting of a
painting by Gustav Klimt, the Austrian modernist.
reiterated in Gruen that the elements
of a valid inter vivos gift are intent...
How does one gift an 1,100 pound
sculpture? The New York Court of Appeals
recently revisited the law of gifts in the context of determining the validity
of such a gift by the deceased sculptor's widow. Mirvish v. Mott , 18 N.Y.3d 510, 2012 N.Y. LEXIS 266 (2012) [ enhanced version available to lexis...
Today's [5/31] New York Law Journal has reported that the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court has overturned a ruling by former Nassau County Surrogate John Riordan and has directed that the estate of a Holocaust survivor return an ancient gold tablet to the Berlin Museum. The court's unsigned...
Court litigation can be fascinating at times-as fascinating as the lives of the
decedents whose affairs are brought to light during any given estate proceeding. 1 Sometimes
history is relived and sometimes the life exposed seems to imitate a Hollywood
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