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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

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

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

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

Love him or hate him, Hugh Hefner was the visionary who founded Playboy Magazine becoming one of the most iconic businessmen of the 20thcentury.  When Hefner launched his risqué magazine in 1953 at the age of 27 nobody could have predicted how successful the young entrepreneur would become. Over the course of the next 60 years, Hefner

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When successful aerospace executive passed away at the age of 82 on February 1, 2019, he left behind his $10 million dollar estate to his third wife of 9 months, Francine Coppola, no relation to Francis Ford, to the exclusion of his five children.   Bob Rau was born into a working class family of nine

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience drafting and probating NY wills for families I have come across and reviewed thousands and thousands of NY wills.  Our office encounters all types of NY wills for probate from ancient wills, to out of state wills, to handwritten wills, to self-made wills, and

When 75 year old hall of fame front man for The Cars, Ric Ocasek passed away in his $15 million dollar Gramercy Park townhome on September 15, 2019 he was in the midst of a divorce from third wife Paulina Porizkova. Ocasek founded the revolutionary band The Cars in 1978 ushering in a new sound and

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience drafting and probating NY wills we are also NY will contest lawyers.  When drafting NY wills for families in NY we are very aware of the circumstances surrounding each distribution and the realities those distributions may create in the future.  While no two families are

As a NY Estate litigation lawyer with two decades of experience contesting NY estates I can tell you no two NY will contests are alike. One root cause that can guarantee a NY will contest of your NY estate is the disinheritance of children.  While true that the NY estate law does allow a testator, one who