How to Make a Claim Against the Estate of a New York Decedent

In New York, the Executor or Administrator of an estate is obligated to address all claims presented within the prescribed time frame and in the form set forth by law. Failure to comply with the requirements

Surrogate Denies Motion to Recuse Herself

An Executor, facing a proceeding forcing him to account, filed a motion seeking various relief including the recusal (removal) of Surrogate Nora Anderson from hearing his case. The Executor alleged that the Surrogate, in a prior written decision, showed a lack of objectivity and judicial temperament. The Surrogate opined that a judge is “disqualified from […]

Probate Attorney Fees – How Much Does Probate Cost?

When meeting with prospective probate / administration clients, the most often asked question is “how much are the legal fees going to be?” Of course, the answer depends upon the facts of the case and how complicated the required legal work is. Also, the fee depends on

Creating and Managing Your Digital Asset Estate Inventory

Estate planning is an exercise in becoming more organized about your affairs. Its purposes are clear: to plan for your care in the event you become incapacitated, to plan for the care of your minor-aged and disabled dependents, and to specify what happens to your estate after you die. Developing an inventory of your assets […]

Online Life After Death – Digital Asset Estate Planning

Most of us have a significant presence in the digital world whether we realize it or not. If you were to list all your digital accounts and assets, the number would probably surprise you. You may have online accounts with banks, merchants, a brokerage firm, social media platforms, cloud storage companies, gaming sites and email […]