Trusts & Estates


Wendy and Jen Wreck the Movies: Elizabethtown (2005), or “Sharing is Caring, Don’t Keep Your Final Wishes a Secret”
September 15, 2022 | Wendy Hoey Sheinberg | Jennifer F. Hillman | Trusts & Estates

What Happened:

Drew Baylor is a wildly successful athletic shoe designer for Mercury Sportwear until his world is turned askew when one of the shoes he designed is accused of having a design flaw.  Mercury announces a recall; Drew becomes the scapegoat; his boss publicly humiliates him and then unceremoniously fires Drew.

At his darkest

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Back to School: An Education on Parenting from Afar
September 1, 2022 | Wendy Hoey Sheinberg | Trusts & Estates

By now, your college-age kids have decorated their dorm rooms and collected every class syllabus (although whether they’ve read them is a different issue). While you may long for the days when you were an integral part of their daily lives, your job is far from over. You can still protect your kids and your

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Wendy & Jen Wreck the Movies: Addams Family Values, or “The Nanny Tried to Do It”
August 18, 2022 | Jennifer F. Hillman | Wendy Hoey Sheinberg | Trusts & Estates

What happened:

Fester Addams, a wealthy bachelor, wants nothing more than to find a great love like that between his older brother Gomez and his wife Morticia, but he is too trusting and easily mislead. Following the birth of Gomez and Morticia’s third child, Pubert, they hire a nanny named Debbie. Fester quickly becomes

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Wendy and Jen Wreck the Movies: Dial “M” for Murder (1954), or Murder Doesn’t Pay, and Peanut Butter Expires in November
July 21, 2022 | Wendy Hoey Sheinberg | Jennifer F. Hillman | Trusts & Estates

What Happened:

Margot and Tony Wendice seem to have it all – they are young, beautiful, and in love.  However, much like pyrite, not everything that glitters is gold.

Before their marriage, Tony was a successful tennis player.  It would have been unseemly for Margot, a wealthy socialite, to marry a professional athlete, so Tony

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Besides Saving Estate Taxes, What Should Be on Your Estate Planning Checklist?
July 11, 2022 | Patricia C. Marcin | Trusts & Estates

The federal estate tax exemption provisions are set to expire at the end of 2025, potentially requiring more people to pay estate taxes. In view of the uncertainty of the estate tax laws, it is important to have estate planning documents that are flexible enough to adjust to changing estate tax laws.

Generally, the exemption

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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 | Jennifer F. Hillman | Wendy Hoey Sheinberg | 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 | Wendy Hoey Sheinberg | Jennifer F. Hillman | 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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Have You Addressed Your Crypto Assets in Your Estate Plan?
| Patricia C. Marcin | Trusts & Estates

Crypto assets (such as non-fungible tokens, or NFTS) and cryptocurrencies (such as bitcoin) are types of digital assets, which are typically transmitted by means of blockchain technology. (I know, this makes my brain hurt, too!) Crypto assets are growing in popularity as an investment class, and you may already own some or may be thinking

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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 | Jennifer F. Hillman | Wendy Hoey Sheinberg | 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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