Category Archives: Probate & Wills

Suspended Brooklyn Surrogate Sues Court System to Get Her Job Back

Suspended Brooklyn Surrogate Sues Court System to Get Her Job Back

Based on serious allegations of bias and discrimination, confirmed by an investigation by the New York Inspector General, King’s County (Brooklyn)Surrogate Court Judge Harriet Thompson was suspended from handling cases, effective December 17, 2021. Court system officials referred her matter was to the State Commission on Judicial Conduct for further action. She was relieved of her judicial duties, her […]

Is a Marriage in The Celebration State Valid in New York?

Is a Marriage in The Celebration State Valid in New York

New York adheres to the “place of celebration” rule, which recognizes a valid marriage outside of New York state. In  Estate of Semone Grossman v. Commissioner, T.C. Memo 2021-65 (May 27, 2021) a religious divorce under Jewish law (a Get) granted in New York and presented in Israel allowed the parties to be married under […]

When Can a NY Will Copy Be Probated?

When Can a NY Will Copy Be Probated

A copy of a lost or destroyed will may be admitted to probate only where: (1) it is established that the will has not been revoked; (2) execution of the instrument is proved in the manner required for the probate of an existing will; and, (3) all of the provisions of the will are clearly […]

NY Surrogate’s Courts Prepare for Influx of Covid-Related Cases

NY Surrogate’s Courts Prepare for Influx of Covid-Related Cases

As New York State remains at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York Surrogate’s Courts, which operate in each of New York’s 62 counties and handle the administration of estates, are preparing for the influx of Coronavirus-related estate matters. Effective Monday, May 18, 2020 new, uncontested estate cases involving individuals who passed away […]

Questions About Preparing a Will

Questions About Preparing a Will

Do you have questions about preparing a will? In this article, our experienced Rochester estate planning attorney, Robert Friedman, discusses what you should be aware of and why hiring a lawyer is your best bet. Contact our office today if you have any further questions. Can I Write My Own Will? We are often asked […]