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Strict privity requirement relaxed in New York: personal representative of estate may sue estate-planning attorney for negligence
  • Sullivan & Worcester LLP
  • USA
  • August 1 2010

In Estate of Schneider v. Finmann, 2010 NY Slip Op. 05281 (June 17, 2010), the Court of Appeals of New York relaxed its doctrine of strict privity, which holds that neither an estate nor its beneficiaries may maintain an action for malpractice against an attorney who advised a decedent regarding his estate plan.


Alison E. Lothes
  • Sullivan & Worcester LLP


David A. Handler
  • Sullivan & Worcester LLP