Archer Estate & Trust Litigation Law

In re Estate of Cenaffra, No. A-5731-17T1 (N.J. Super. App. Div. Sept. 9, 2020) Defendant was the executrix under the decedent’s last will and had also been the decedent’s agent under a power of attorney.  The trial court granted plaintiff’s request to require defendant to provide an accounting for both roles.  At trial, defendant invoked her Fifth Amendment right and declined to testify.  The trial court ultimately granted judgment against defendant for $200,000 in damages. …
A man proposed to his fiancé with a 4-carat princess cut $265,000 Harry Winston diamond engagement ring.  Before the two could wed, the man died and his estate sued to recover the ring.  Following a four-day trial the judge found that the gift, although an engagement ring, was unconditional, even though such rings are usually conditional.  According to the court, it was clear that man intended for his fiancé to keep the ring irrespective of…
Shedlock v. Director, Div. of Taxation, No. A-5634-18T1, 2020 WL 5032512 (N.J. Super. App. Div. Aug. 26, 2020). In July 2013 and at the age of 87, Anthony Calleo (the “decedent”) deeded his two-family home (the “property”) to his nieces, Valerie Shedlock and Judith Solan, for less than $100.  The deed included no specific provision giving the decedent any continued right, title, interest, control, or power over the property.  That same day, the decedent executed…
Archer Partner Steven K. Mignogna has been reappointed as New Jersey State Chair of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) for the 2021-22 College year. This will be Steve’s second year of service as State Chair. Steve serves as the Chair of Archer’s Estate and Trust Litigation Practice Group and focuses his practice on commercial litigation, with a concentration on probate matters, estates, fiduciaries, guardianships and real estate. Along with his serving…
Tara H. Zane, a Partner in Archer’s Estate and Trust Services Department, presented the “Year-end Tax Planning Seminar,” hosted by the Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton on December 10, 2020 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Topics included: Year-end charitable and estate planning Planning ideas under the SECURE Act Tax Strategies under a Democratic White House The possible future for capital gains and income taxes The post Tara Zane Presented Year-End Tax Planning Webinar
On Wednesday, December 9, 2020, Steven Mignogna, Donald Craig, Anthony La Ratta and Tara Zane will present a webinar with the Camden County Bar Association on important trends in estate litigation.  This is the 19th annual year for this program.   Provider: Camden County Bar Association Speakers: Donald Craig, Esq.– Archer & GreinerAnthony LaRatta Esq.– Archer & GreinerSteven Mignogna Esq.– Archer & GreinerTara Zane, Esq. – Archer & Greiner…
On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, Steven K. Mignogna, Co-Chair of  Archer’s Estates and Trusts Department and Chair of the Estate and Trust Litigation Group, was joined by speaker, Honorable Robert P. Contillo (Ret.) in a Greater New Jersey Estate Planning Council webinar to discuss Estate Planning regarding recent and interesting cases, best practices, and more. What: Estate Planning and Litigation: What to do to prevent it, how to avoid it, and recent developments When: Wednesday, October…
On Monday, October 19, 2020, Steven K. Mignogna, Co-Chair of  Archer’s Estates and Trusts Department and Chair of the Estate and Trust Litigation Group, was on a panel presenting a program at the National Meeting of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).  The program addressed the nuances of the attorney-client privilege and was presented to ACTEC’s Professional Responsibility Committee. When: Monday, October 19, 2020 Where: via Zoom The post National Meeting of
When: October 14, 2020 | 8:00 AM – 6:05 PM and October 15, 2020 | 8:00AM – 6:05PM Where: Virtual/Webinar Archer Faculty: Steven K. Mignogna, Esq. and Anthony R. LaRatta, Esq. Overview: Hear directly from New Jersey’s top legal experts on the latest developments, the future of our profession. Learn how to overcome the challenges we’re all facing as attorneys, legal professionals, and New Jersey citizens. What will the future hold? While nobody knows for…
In re Estate of Liu, No. A-5063-18T1, 2020 WL 3527328 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div. June 30, 2020). After James Liu failed to appear before the court, the Appellate Division affirmed the Chancery Division’s order dismissing his complaint contesting his father’s will. Decedent, Thomas Liu, died in December 2018 and was survived by his two children, James and Julia Liu.  Before his death, Thomas lived with Julia, who cared for him in his old age. …