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Discovery Proceedings for Trusts and Estates Pract. ALB

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Date:
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Time:
9:00 AM - 12:35 PM Eastern Daylight Time
 
 
LOCATION:
New York State Bar Association l 1 Elk Street l Albany, NY 12207 l (518)463-3200   
 
 
Co-Sponsors:
Trusts and Estates Law Section and its Estate Litigation Committee
Committee on Continuing Legal Education
 
4.0 MCLE Credits: 2.0 Skills; 2.0 Professional Practice for all attorneys.
 
 
Most trusts and estates practitioners will encounter from time-to-time roadblocks and difficulties in acquiring all necessary information about a decedent’s assets and liabilities in the course of administering an estate. This practical-oriented half-day course will focus on proceedings under Sections 2103 and 2104 (to discover property and obtain information regarding an estate) of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act, including how the petitioner, the one who is seeking the information, and the respondent, who is the subject of the inquiry, should handle their respective cases.
 
The panelists will highlight what issues may give rise in a matter for the lawyer to invoke Section 2103 or 2104, and how to navigate through the process in Surrogate’s Court. In addition, the faculty will suggest variations and alternatives to §2103 proceedings for practitioners to consider and how to do advance planning, prior to the decedent’s death, that can avoid or minimize circumstances leading to difficulties at administration.
 
 

Chair and Moderator

Stacy L. Pettit, Esq.
New York State Supreme Court
Appellate Division Third Judicial Department
Albany

Speakers 
(in alphabetical order)

Daniel J. Centi, Esq.
Feeney Centi and Mackey
Albany

Charles T. Scott, Esq.
Greenfield Stein & Senior LLP
New York City

Patricia J. Shevy, Esq.
The Shevy Law Firm, LLC
Albany

Frank W. Streng, Esq.
McCarthy Fingar LLP
White Plains

 
 

Program Agenda

8:30-9:00 a.m.
REGISTRATION (outside meeting room)

9:00-9:50
I.  COMMENCING A PROCEEDING & THE INQUISITORIAL PHASE

     A. Broad Overview of the SCPA §2103 Proceeding
     B. Who May Bring a §2103 Proceeding
     C. Persons Against Whom to Bring the Proceeding
     D. Property That May Be Subject to a Proceeding
     E. Contents of a Petition
     F. Process and Personal Jurisdiction
     G. Interim Relief
     H. Responding to an Order to Attend
     I. Inquisitorial Phase Discovery

9:50-10:40
II.  TURNOVER PHASE, DISCOVERY AND TRIAL

     A. Skipping the Inquisitorial Phase
     B. Conversion to the Turnover Phase
     C. Turnover Phase Discovery
     D. Common Issues in Discovery Proceedings
     E. Pre-Trial Considerations
     F. Forms of Trial
     G. Burdens of Proof
     H. Evidentiary Issues
     I. Final Decrees and Appeals

10:40-10:55
Coffee Break

10:55-11:45
III.  VARIATIONS AND ALTERNATIVES TO §2103 PROCEEDINGS

     A. Reverse Discovery: SCPA §2105 Proceedings 
     B. SCPA §2102(1) Proceedings
     C. Article 22 Fiduciary Accountings
     D. Accountings by Attorneys-in-Fact
     E. Actions for Constructive Trust/Fraud

11:45-12:35 p.m.
IV.  PLANNING TO AVOID A DISCOVERY PROCEEDING

     A. Advising Clients
     B. Capacity Issues
     C. Transfers of Assets
     D. Powers of Attorney
     E. Bank Accounts
     F. “Miscellaneous” Assets
     G. Decanting in Brief
     H. Guardianships
     I.  Recovering Assets During Lifetime

12:35 p.m.
ADJOURNMENT

 
 
Program Planning Committee (in alphabetical order)
 
Angelo M. Grasso, Esq.
Greenfield Stein & Senior LLP
New York City
 
Sylvia E. Di Pietro, Esq.
Law Office of Sylvia E. Di Pietro, Esq., LLC
New York City
 
Charles T. Scott, Esq.
Greenfield Stein & Senior LLP
New York City
 
Frank W. Streng, Esq.
McCarthy Fingar LLP
White Plains
 
 
ELECTRONIC COURSE MATERIALS (ECM)
COURSE MATERIALS FOR NYSBA CLE PROGRAMS ARE NOW DISTRIBUTED ELECTRONICALLY!
All program materials are distributed exclusively online in searchable PDF format, allowing attendees more flexibility in storing this information and allowing you to copy and paste relevant portions of the materials for specific use in your practice. A CLE NotePad © (paper) will be provided to all attendees at the live program site. The CLE NotePad © includes lined pages for taking notes on each topic, as well as any PowerPoint presentations submitted prior to printing.
Prior to a scheduled program date, all registrants will receive an email message containing a hyperlink that when clicked will provide you with access to the complete course materials in a searchable PDF format which can be downloaded to your computer using the "Save As" option under your "File" tab. Printing the complete materials is not required for attending the program. Online materials are updated periodically to reflect last minute submissions from program faculty, guaranteeing that you will always have the latest version of the materials.
Traditional printed course books may be ordered at the program site for a discounted price and will be shipped subsequent to the program date.

 

 
Reg: 8:30 a.m. Program: 9:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m.
This course has been approved for all attorneys, including those who are newly admitted (less than twenty-four months). Newly admitted attorneys must attend the program in person to receive New York MCLE credit.
Address:
New York State Bar Association
1 Elk Street
Albany, NY 12207
Online Registration has closed, to register please contact the State Bar Service Center at 1-800-582-2452


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