With a specific statute mandating that pre-nuptial agreements must be acknowledged, and with a specific statutory form of acknowledgment, it is surprising that there has been so much litigation over missing or defective acknowledgements and whether they can be cured after the fact. The Second Department recently addressed this issue in Matter of Koegel. Jack Barnosky discusses the case in our latest entry.
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While the Court of Appeals last year upheld the validity of contingency fee agreements in estate matters, particularly in litigation, where it approved contingency fees of over forty million dollars when the actual time spent was a fraction of that value, a recent New York County Surrogate’s Court case, Estate of Fanny Goldfarb, confirms that the size of an estate can still be a major factor in determining the reasonableness of a contingent fee, even though the services rendered and the result achieved were exemplary. Jack Barnosky discusses the decision in our latest post.
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In a recent Westchester County decision, the court enforced the terms of a prenuptial agreement providing that the decedent was to leave trusts for the benefit of his children despite some unusual circumstances. Jack Barnosky discusses the case in our latest entry.
Continue Reading Provision in Pre-Nuptial Agreement to Create Trust for Children is Enforceable

In Matter of Gilmore, the Second Department addressed the unusual situation of the inheritance rights of children who had been born prior to the execution of their father’s Will, but whose existence was unknown to their father until after his Will had been executed. Jack Barnosky discusses the case in our most recent entry.
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