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ARTICLES OF DISORGANIZATION

Lena Hausman's Last Will and Testament provided that the rental income from property owned by an LLC would go to certain heirs. But because she signed the deed transferring the property two weeks ...
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LIKE T&E?

You're Invited! Are you new to the practice of trusts and estates law or have only been practicing a few years? Thinking of joining a T&E practice? Would you like to meet experienced attorneys in ...
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NOT A MOTHER AND DAUGHTER

Prior to his death, Gabrielle Lequerique's father transferred property to himself and his wife Stella -- Gabrielle's mother -- as tenants-in-the-entirety. While dad also had a Will which left his ...
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A DISHONORED WILL

In Matter of Krysa v. New York State & Local Retirement System, Russell Krysa wanted to recover death benefits after his companion, Edward Mettler, committed suicide. Mettler executed his first ...
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AN UNCONSTRUCTIVE TRUST

In De Laurentis v. De Laurentis, Jeanne De Laurentis claimed a "constructive trust" -- that she was the co-owner of certain real property that was held in the name of her brother, Vito De Laurentis, ...
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AT DEATH, JURISDICTION PARTS?

In 15th Assoc. LLC v. Pamblanco, the landlord -- 15th Associates, LLC -- won a summary holdover proceeding that it had filed against its tenant. While an appeal of the case was pending, the tenant ...
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A CASE FOR THE BIRDS?

How many Audubon Societies are there? A flock, apparently. On June 4, 2002, orniphile Frederick Scale died. In his will, Mr. Scale left 10% of his residuary estate to "The Audubon Society of New York ...
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WHO GETS THE FAMILY FARM?

In Matter of Brignole, the Richmond County Surrogate's Court was asked to decide who was entitled to ownership of the family farm: a decedent's surviving nephew or a charity? Michael O. Brignole's ...
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"YOU COULD HAVE LEFT ME SOMETHING!"

Regulated tenancies do not necessarily end simply because the tenant-of-record has died or relocated. Remaining family members, as defined by the governing rules, who also satisfy certain occupancy ...
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WHAT'S YOUR DEAD BODY WORTH?

According to a decision released last week by New York State's highest court, your body parts aren't worth much, particularly after you're dead. In Colavito v. New York Organ Donor Network, Inc., the ...
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WHAT'S THE MATTER OF FERRARA?

A "power of attorney" authorizes another to act in your absence, and in your place and stead, in any legal or business transaction. The person giving the authority is known as the "principal" or ...
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WHEN THERE'S A WILL, THERE MAY NOT BE A WAY

Wills and life insurance policies happen to be two methods of disposing property upon death. Every now and then the terms of a will directly contradict provisions of a life insurance policy. That begs ...
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