While attorney’s fees incurred by the fiduciary are generally reimburseable from an estate as a reasonable and necessary expense of administration, this is not the rule with respect to the legal fees incurred by a beneficiary. The different standard that applies was recently examined by Surrogate Mella in In re Frey, NYLJ, July 25, 2013,
See this week’s entry for a message from Eric Penzer regarding the upcoming Fall meeting of the NYSBA’s Trusts and Estate’s Law Section.
Continue Reading NYSBA Trusts & Estates Law Section to Discuss Recent Decisions
The Court of Appeals has issued a decision that changes the way in which a fiduciary’s legal fees incurred in defending objections will be paid from a trust or estate. In Matter of Hyde, the Court reversed its prior interpretation of SCPA 2110 and established new guidelines. Jaclene D’Agostino discusses the decision in this week’s entry.
Continue Reading Court of Appeals: Fiduciary’s Legal Fees to be Equitably Allocated among Beneficiaries
Legal fees incurred by fiduciaries in connection wtih their stewardship are generally chargeable to a trust or estate as a whole. This week’s blog entry discusses a recent case in which non-objecting beneficiaries sought to allocate trustees’ litigation costs solely to the objecting parties’ interests.
Continue Reading Beneficiary Participation Irrelevant to Allocation of Trustees’ Litigation Costs