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

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 drafting, probating and contesting NY wills for New Yorkers I know exactly how important it is to make a properly drafted and executed NY will the benchmark of any NY estate plan.  However, it is shocking to know that 63% of Americans, 220,000,000 million, of us

As a NYC estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience litigating NY kinship estate cases I have come to realize no two NY kinship estates are alike.  Pursuant to NY estate law a NY kinship estate occurs when someone passes away without a will, also known as intestacy, and without any known surviving relatives

As a NY kinship lawyer with two decades of NY estate law experience I can tell you kinship cases are some of the most complicated estate cases.  In NY and most other jurisdictions, whenever someone passes away without both a will or immediate next of kin, the estate becomes a kinship case. Normally, the NY kinship estate

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

As a NYC estate lawyer with two decades of experience contesting fraudulent wills I get this question quite often.  Can I contest this NY will?  And on occasion as NY estate lawyers we even get the more complicated question of can an adopted child contest their parent’s NY estate?  Just to be clear in NY and most

When there is no will:  Kinship cases What is a NY kinship case?  As a NY will contest lawyer with two decades of experience probating estates for New Yorkers I have seen individuals who pass away with heirs, without heirs and everything in between.  When we pass away with heirs such as with a spouse

Thanks to the most recent tax reform bill shoved through Congress, the Federal Estate Tax does not normally apply to most estates.  In fact, as of January 1, 2018, the estates of married individuals valued at $22 million dollars or less will not have any estate tax liability at the federal level.  I say usually

As a NYC estate lawyer one of the most common issues we deal with involves non-marital children exercising their rights of inheritance.  A non-marital child is an individual born of parents who were neither married at the time of birth nor were subsequently married.  Technically speaking non-marital children should have the same inheritance rights under