Recent Publications - Jennifer F. Hillman


Wendy and Jen Wreck the Movies: Life As We Know It (2010) or Why Your Fraternity Brother May Not Be Suitable for Carpool
June 16, 2022 | Trusts & Estates

What Happens?

In a twisted psychological experiment, Allison and Peter Novak set up their friends Holly Berenson and Eric Messer (a/k/a Messer) on a date.  Holly and Messer are as incompatible as pineapple and New York pizza, and the matchmaking experiment predictably tanks.  The Novaks cannot leave well-enough alone, they double down and pull an

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Wendy & Jen Wreck the Movies: Hobson’s Choice (1954) or The Importance of Not being a Jerk
May 19, 2022 | Trusts & Estates

What Happened:

Henry Hobson is a widowed blowhard who fancies himself superior to everyone because he owns a shoe business.  Hobson’s daughter Maggie actually runs the business, but Hobson does not pay her.

Hobson is downright nasty to most of the people in his life.  He demeans Maggie and tells her she is too old

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Hillman and La Ferlita Article Published in NYSBA Journal
May 6, 2022 | Trusts & Estates

Jennifer Hillman’s and Joseph La Ferlita’s article, “SSHHH! Should Trustees Speak Up About Quiet Trusts?” was published in the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Law Section Journal.

Although some may question whether financial modesty is a virtue, there is no requirement that parents disclose their net worth to their children. However, the

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Wendy and Jen Wreck the Movies: Brewster’s Millions (1985) or Put me in, Coach, I’m ready to PAY, Within 30 Days!!!
April 21, 2022 | Trusts & Estates

What Happened:

Montgomery Brewster’s minor league baseball career is fizzling.  Optimistic Brewster believes his big break is just around the corner, but the break he gets is not the one he expects.

Brewster’s previously unknown great-uncle Rupert Horn dies leaving Brewster $300 million – but only if Brewster can spend $30 million in 30 days

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Wendy and Jen Wreck the Movies – Uptown Girls (2003), Or Even Rock Stars Need Estate Planning
March 17, 2022 | Trusts & Estates

What Happened:

Uptown Girls begins as all fairy tales should:

“There was once a princess who lived in a castle high above the streets of an enchanted kingdom (New York). The king and queen were long gone but they left her with their treasure so that she could stay a princess forever…”

Some people thought

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Wendy and Jen Wreck the Movies – Rain Man (1988)
February 17, 2022 | Trusts & Estates

What happened

Sanford Babbitt, Charlie Babbitt’s estranged father, died. Charlie returns home and finds out he is only receiving a car and prize-winning roses, and that all of his father’s other assets have been left in trust for the benefit of an unnamed individual.

Eventually Charlie finds out he has an older brother named Raymond

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SSHHH! Should Trustees Speak Up About Quiet Trusts?
February 1, 2022 | Trusts & Estates

While some clients flaunt their wealth, others like to keep things quiet. Sometimes, such “financial modesty” is motivated by a concern that knowledge of family wealth could result in disincentivized children or grandchildren. Although some may question whether such financial modesty is a virtue, there is no requirement that parents disclose their net worth to

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Wendy And Jen Wreck the Movies – Citizen Kane (1941) Or Deposit Money, Not Children, in the Bank
January 20, 2022 | Trusts & Estates

What happened

“Legendary was the Xanadu where Kubla Kahn decreed his stately pleasure dome.” Legendary too were the colossal errors made by Mary Kane in this celebrated classic movie which follows a journalist as he tries to uncover the meaning of Charles Foster Kane’s last words.

Jim Kane and Mary Kane ran a Colorado

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