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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

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

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 over two decades of NY estate litigation experience, some of the most complex and emotionally charged cases we handle involve asserting the inheritance rights of non-marital children. So what are the inheritance rights of non-marital children under the NY estate law?   Normally when someone dies without a NY will, also

Almost anyone can, from within the comfort of their own home, draft their own NY will these days using an online template.  But this does not mean we should.  As an experienced NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience probating and litigating NY estates I can tell you even most NY attorneys themselves have

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

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On the evening of December 5, 1975, celebrity NY estate lawyer Roy Cohn walked into the hospital room of his longtime friend, Lewis S. Rosenstiel.  Rosenstiel was the founding owner of Schenley Distillers, a hugely successful liquor company behind many world renowned liquor labels including but not limited to Jagermeister and Dewars.  After Rosenstiel’s passing Schenley Distillers