One of the most common objections in probate contests is the allegation that the propounded instrument was a product of undue influence. In our latest entry, Ilene Cooper reflects upon two decisions from 2011 in which the Surrogate’s Courts of New York and Kings Counties addressed such claims, which arose from contrasting fact patterns.
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As explained by Jaclene D’Agostino in our previous entry, constructive trusts may be imposed in a variety of circumstances. However, there are numerous situations in which courts have rejected the imposition of that remedy. One such example is the case of Dext v. Rorech III, Individually and as Executor of the Estate of William Rorech, Jr., recently emanating from Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court. Ilene Cooper discusses the case in this week’s entry.
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While the Court of Appeals has rendered two important trusts and estates decisions this summer, additional topics of interest have been addressed at the trial court level. Ilene Cooper discusses a few of these “hot topics” in this week’s blog entry.
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To be admitted to probate, a will must be duly executed in accordance with statute. In this week’s blog entry, Ilene Cooper discusses how courts have applied and interpreted the due execution requirements.
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