On New Year’s Day, none of us had heard of Covid 19 but things have changed very radically in a short time.

Our Courts have closed down for all but the most essential matters. Law offices were first told that only 25% of their workforce could come in on any given day. Now all personnel

When it comes to elder law and guardianships, the Sunshine State is more like the wild west.  Nursing homes and hospitals are a fertile hunting ground for unscrupulous attorneys who may convince residents to sign documents authorizing them to commence guardianship proceedings on their behalf. In many Florida counties, this may lead to a friendly

In the Matter of Reuben Hoppenstein, No. 2015-2918/A (N.Y. Sur. Mar. 31, 2017) the New York County Surrogate ruled as appropriate the distribution of a life insurance policy to a new trust which eliminated certain beneficiaries of the distributing trust. This distribution was made by a trustee vested with absolute discretionary power  by the terms

Michael Petro’s article in the Buffalo Law Journal  is an interesting  piece about  a relatively new provision of the law which permits us to end an “irrevocable” trust. It’s easy to decant a fine wine but not always so with an irrevocable trust.

Before the law was changed in 2011, ” irrevocable” meant just that.

Today’s Wall Street Journal contains a worthwhile but cautionary article about the pitfalls that can face even the most well-meaning executor. As you will see, a lot of the decisions an executor must make need to be made counterintuitively. The results of following a normal instinct may actually prove to be costly if not downright