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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 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

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