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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

As a highly experienced NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience handling complex NY estate cases we occasionally encounter lesser known estate issues in addition to the more widely known ones.   One rare estate issue we encounter is that of the hand written will also known as the holographic NY will.  While a NY

As a NY estate lawyer with two decades of experience practicing NY estate litigation estate issues of all types are bound to arise in nearly every case.  These NY estate issues can range from the validity of the NY will itself to the planning that went into the will or if there is no will, who

As a NY estate lawyer with two decades of experience successfully challenging NY wills on behalf of families, undue influence is one of the most common issues I am confronted with. On a daily basis New Yorkers inquire into their loved one’s Last Will & Testament who they believe  was taken advantage of near the end of

On February 19, 2012, the greatest female vocalist of the 20thcentury was laid to rest at the age of 48. The burial followed a nationally televised funeral held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ where mother Cissy Houston was their talented, resident gospel singer and a superstar in her own right. The services attracted

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience successfully litigating these very difficult NY estates, I can affirm that no other cases rip families apart like NY will contests.  To make matters even worse these cases can often grind on for years and years in NY estate litigation while absorbing hundreds of

At the time of her death on July 19, 2019, acclaimed philanthropist and well known socialite Marylou Whitney left behind a fortune estimated to be worth approximately $100 million dollars. The 93 year old, Whitney had married her first husband Frank Hosford, whom she had had three children with and later divorced.  Marylou Whitney would later marry