Recently, Long Island was rocked by news of the tragic and shocking murder of  Betty Ann Parente and her two daughters by her husband, Garden City lawyer William Parente who then took his own life in a Maryland hotel. Barely has the community digested the enormity of this crime and the loss of a popular and talented family when the legal implications of how estates are affected by murder have surfaced as reported in today’s Newsday. The order of the deaths has particular significance . So does the obvious fact that if –as it seems– William Parente was the last member of his family to die, his distributees would be unable to inherit the assets of his wife and daughters should it be determined that he had murdered them.  This article gives us a good picture of the complexities of an estate which is bound to have some uncharted twists and turns as it wends its way through the Nassau County Surrogate’s Court.