Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children

Thanks to the advancement of technology, couples who are suffering through infertility now have a chance to get pregnant. The most widely known treatment is in vitro fertilization. Through this method, there is a chance for children to be born after one or both parents die. This presents a whole new set of legal ramifications, […]

You May Need a Lawyer: New York Fiduciaries Can’t Represent Themselves in Surrogate’s Court

Estate executors and administrators are not allowed to represent themselves in New York’s Surrogate’s Courts. The general rule is that non-attorney individuals are permitted to represent their own interests in court – this is known as proceeding pro se. However, the rule only applies where you are representing your own interests and not that of […]

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 […]