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Daniel J. Reiter, Esq. is an adult guardianship and estate litigation attorney in New York City.  He is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.

Kings County Surrogate Harriet L. Thompson was suspended on Friday, according to the New York Law Journal.

An acting surrogate will be named to handle the caseload, Lucian Chalfe, the Director of Public Information for the New York State Unified Court System, told the Law Journal. It was not immediately clear from the Law Journal’s report who the acting surrogate will be or when they will begin.
Continue Reading Surrogate Thompson Suspended. Acting Surrogate to be Named: NYLJ

WebSurrogate, the online document retrieval service for Surrogate’s Courts, relaunched.

The website was originally launched in the spring and quickly taken offline.

According to its website, “WebSurrogate provides information on estate proceedings and other filings within New York State Surrogate’s Courts. WebSurrogate is a free service that allows you to search files, retrieve documents,

New York County Surrogate’s Court has special requirements when probating duplicate original wills.

The proposed decree must include the text of the entire will(s). A sample decree provided to me by the New York County Surrogate’s Court looks like this:Continue Reading New York County Surrogate’s Court: Decree Requirements When Probating Duplicate Original Wills

Most estate litigators in New York are well aware of the proceeding to compel production of a will pursuant to Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act (“SCPA”)  § 1401. However, there are other remedies available against a person withholding a last will and testament from a petitioner without good cause.

New York’s Penal Law § 190.30 makes unlawfully concealing a will a class E felony, which can land the concealer in prison for up to four years. Per Penal Law § 190.30: “A person is guilty of unlawfully concealing a will when, with intent to defraud, he conceals, secretes, suppresses, mutilates or destroys a will, codicil or other testamentary instrument.”Continue Reading Using New York Penal Law to Compel Production of a Will