Law Journal

Decedent’s niece sought to probate a 2014 instrument, asking the Court to exclude handwritten alterations in to the will.  The attorney draftsman’s affidavit stated decedent signed the instrument in her presence and it contained no handwritten material.  Surrogate Malave-Gonzalez ruled that the handwritten notations were...

New York County Surrogate Nora Anderson recently denied a summary judgment motion on an objection based on undue influence.  The proponent of the will started as decedent’s part-time health aide and became indispensable when decedent required continuous attention  Decedent was accompanied by proponent on visits...

Manhattan Surrogate Rita Mella decided to order a posthumous genetic marker test in the contested proceeding to compel the account of the estate’s administrator The court noted it must determine if ordering the test was practicable and reasonable and would impose undue hardship on decedent’s...