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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

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 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

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

The 2012 will of then 93 year old Geraldine Webber was ultimately determined at trial to be the product of Officer Aaron Goodwin’s undue influence over the senile Webber just prior to her death.  Officer Goodwin was named the nominated executor and primary beneficiary of the elderly Webber’s multi-million dollar estate.  The estate court ruled that Officer

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of NY estate litigation experience I am no stranger to greed.  Occasionally, not often but occasionally, that greed rises to fraud, deceit and even murder.  Just days before their bodies were discovered in their indoor swimming pool of their mega mansion, billionaires Barry and wife Honey Sherman

As a NY estate lawyer with two decades of experience contesting NY attorney drafted wills I can tell you that contesting NY wills are unequivocally the most difficult cases to handle.  Having successfully disrupted and set aside more than a dozen of these so called “impenetrable” testamentary documents I have learned some of the red flags