News & Insights

  • HANDWRITTEN WILL

    CAN YOU PROBATE A HANDWRITTEN WILL IN NEW YORK?

    A handwritten (or holographic) will is not enforceable in all states. However, in certain circumstances, the will may still be probated in a state which does not recognize handwritten wills provided certain requirements are met. A recent New York appellate court decision addressed this issue in the Matter of Noichl.   In states that recognize holographic … Read more

  • LEASE

    IS A LEASE ENFORCEABLE IF BOTH SIDES DID NOT SIGN IT?

    It seems fairly obvious that a party cannot claim to have a valid lease if the other side did not agree to it. However, in a recent New York case, a landlord tried to argue that a prospective tenant should not get back money it paid in advance for a lease that the prospective tenant … Read more

  • Tax Deductions

    What Happens to Your Tax Deductions When You Die?

    When preparing and filing personal income tax returns, it’s common to have deductions that exceed the amount you are allowed to take on the current year’s tax return. In those cases, you may be able to carry over those losses to apply against income earned in future years. But what happens if you die without … Read more

  • ARBITRATION CLAUSE

    Is Your Arbitration Clause Binding?

    In certain business arrangements, it is common for a party to insist on including an arbitration clause in the agreement. The purpose of such a clause is to avoid the time and expense involved in litigation if a dispute occurs since arbitration is often faster and less costly than going to court. While such provisions … Read more

  • Negligent Hiring

    When Can You Sue for Negligent Hiring?

    If someone is injured by an employee, there may be grounds for suing the employer for negligent hiring and retention of that employee. However, there are strict requirements for bringing a claim which can be difficult to establish, as we discussed in a prior blog post involving a lawsuit against a church. In that case, … Read more

  • Lien Law

    When Can a Contractor Get a Second Chance to File a Mechanic’s Lien?

    The New York Lien Law permits contractors or individuals who provide services and/or materials to a construction project to file a mechanic’s lien against the real property in the event they do not receive payment. However, the filing must meet certain statutory requirements or the mechanic’s lien will be cancelled by the court. In a … Read more

  • PROPERTY

    What Happens When a Property Owner Dies Without a Will?

    When someone dies without a Will it is known as dying intestate. In this situation, New York intestacy law determines the decedent’s distributees – that is, the individuals entitled to inherit the decedent’s assets. One issue that can cause confusion concerns the rights of distributees when the decedent owns real property. At what point, does … Read more

  • Estate Plan

    Do You Have a Comprehensive Estate Plan That Address All of Your Assets?

    A proper estate plan involves more than just drafting a will. That’s because a will only controls the distribution of what are known as “probate assets.” These are assets that do not have separate beneficiary designations. “Non-probate assets,” which include life insurance, retirement accounts, joint bank accounts, and real property owned “with rights of survivorship,” … Read more

  • Executor or Trustee

    When Can a Difficult Executor or Trustee Be Removed?

    Conflicts between fiduciaries (whether executors or trustees) and beneficiaries are not unusual. For instance, these often occur with trusts of long duration, where the trustee controls a beneficiary’s access to assets which the beneficiary would prefer to have outright. Disputes may also arise among co-executors or co-trustees, especially if they have differing views on how … Read more

  • Notice

    Are You Required to Strictly Comply With Notice Provisions in a Contract?

    In most contracts, there is specific language regarding how and when a notice to the other party are to be sent. For example, the agreement might specify that notice of termination be given to a certain individual, sent by mail, and/or provided at least 30 days in advance of taking an action. The terms of … Read more

CAN YOU PROBATE A HANDWRITTEN WILL IN NEW YORK?

HANDWRITTEN WILL

A handwritten (or holographic) will is not enforceable in all states. However, in certain circumstances, the will may still be probated in a state which does not recognize handwritten wills provided certain requirements are met. A recent New York appellate court decision addressed this issue in the Matter of Noichl.   In states that recognize holographic … Read more

Is Your Arbitration Clause Binding?

ARBITRATION CLAUSE

In certain business arrangements, it is common for a party to insist on including an arbitration clause in the agreement. The purpose of such a clause is to avoid the time and expense involved in litigation if a dispute occurs since arbitration is often faster and less costly than going to court. While such provisions … Read more

When Can You Sue for Negligent Hiring?

Negligent Hiring

If someone is injured by an employee, there may be grounds for suing the employer for negligent hiring and retention of that employee. However, there are strict requirements for bringing a claim which can be difficult to establish, as we discussed in a prior blog post involving a lawsuit against a church. In that case, … Read more

Do You Have a Comprehensive Estate Plan That Address All of Your Assets?

Estate Plan

A proper estate plan involves more than just drafting a will. That’s because a will only controls the distribution of what are known as “probate assets.” These are assets that do not have separate beneficiary designations. “Non-probate assets,” which include life insurance, retirement accounts, joint bank accounts, and real property owned “with rights of survivorship,” … Read more

When Can a Difficult Executor or Trustee Be Removed?

Executor or Trustee

Conflicts between fiduciaries (whether executors or trustees) and beneficiaries are not unusual. For instance, these often occur with trusts of long duration, where the trustee controls a beneficiary’s access to assets which the beneficiary would prefer to have outright. Disputes may also arise among co-executors or co-trustees, especially if they have differing views on how … Read more