As an experienced NY will contest lawyer with two decades of experience successfully contesting NY attorney drafted wills I can say the answer is yes.  However, I must also warn you that the business of contesting NY wills is one of the most difficult tasks in all of law.  Having set aside more than a

On April 9, 2021 the legendary hip hop artist Earl Simmons, better known by his alias DMX, passed away from cardiac arrest at the age of 51. As a NY estate lawyer I am always curious to see how celebrities plan their NY estates. Earl Simmons, a lifelong resident of Yonkers who made tens of

The reason most of us should have a NY will is to protect those we care about most after we are gone. To include someone in your NY estate plan the NY Estates Powers & Trusts Law (EPTL) states that a valid testamentary instrument, “requires that the signature of the testator shall be affixed to

As a NY kinship estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience litigating these highly specialized cases I can honestly say no other area of the NY estate law is as fascinating to me.  A NY kinship estate begins when a NY resident passes away both without a valid NY will and without any close

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience I always advise my clients on the importance of setting up a NY estate plan.  Setting up that NY estate plan almost always begins with the drafting and execution of a NY attorney drafted will.  Whether they have a net worth of $100,000 dollars or

In NY according to the NY estate law you can disinherit anyone you would like unless that someone is your spouse.  Your spouse is entitled to their right of election of one third (1/3) of all assets within your probateable NY estate and most of your non-probatable NY estate assets as well.  Your probatable NY estate being

Have you received a letter from an “heir finder” or “heir hunter” company seeking to collect money on your behalf?  Does it sound too good to be true?  Did the heir finder letter cryptically offer you their services to collect money from a distant relative’s NY estate on your behalf as an heir without offering any specifics? Did

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience litigating NY estates one of the most frequent questions I get involves the issue of common law marriages and the NY estate law.  The issue being does New York State recognize common law marriages as valid?  I’d be lying if I said there was a

When John Singleton arrived onto a Hollywood set in 1991 with his groundbreaking film Boyz n the Hood the twenty-five year old director instantly rose to the top of every movie studios choice for new projects.  Nominated for Best Director for the film by the Academy Awards, Singleton’s edgy, blockbuster movie about several young African American

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience probating and litigating wills on behalf of New Yorkers and their families we know a lot about challenging a NY will and the pitfalls that accompany these cases .  Let me start by saying one of the most difficult undertakings in all of law