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Ademption Results from Attorney-in-Fact’s Sale of Specifically Bequeathed Asset

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In Matter of Conklin, 2015 NY Slip Op 25094 (Sur Ct, Nassau County 2015), the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court addressed, among other things, whether specifically bequeathed property sold by an attorney-in-fact prior to the decedent’s death, adeemed. The decedent’s will had specifically devised the subject property to his two children and first wife, with a direction that it be sold after his death and the proceeds divided among the three of them. But a sale prior to death meant that the proceeds would become part of the decedent’s residuary estate, of which one of his attorneys-in-fact was the sole beneficiary. Jaclene D'Agostino discusses the case in our latest entry.… Continue Reading

The Slayer Rule Revisited

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As I wrote in a prior post, dated February 25, 2011, concerning the Estate of Dianne Edwards, the “slayer rule” articulated by the Court of Appeals in Riggs v. Palmer provides that “[n]o one shall be permitted to profit by his own fraud, or to take advantage of his own wrong, or to found any… Continue Reading