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Date Published

August 12, 2020


New York State Academy of Trial Lawyers


Professional Practice


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Contested matters in the Surrogate's Courts of New York are part of the trend of increasing litigation in our society. The weight of that trend is all the more heavier following the closure of the courthouses and the limits placed on the reopened courthouses following the Covid-19 pandemic. This program will focus on Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) as an effective, efficient, less expensive, more flexible, and less volatile means of resolving contested estate matters.

Our panel will discuss the benefits of mediation in estate and trust disputes; arbitration, as an alternative to litigation; and ADR as a fully-endorsed method of dispute resolution by our state judiciary.

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Stephanie M. Alberts, Esq.

Hon. Peter B. Skelos, (Ret.)

Hon. John G. Ingram, (Ret.)

Lesli P. Hiller, Esq.

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Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

Using ADR to Fast-Track Surrogate's Court Litigation - Video
Using ADR to Fast-Track Surrogate's Court Litigation - Handout
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If applicable, you may obtain credit in multiple jurisdictions simultaneously for this program (see pending/approved list below). If electing credit for this program, registrants in jurisdictions not listed below will receive a Certificate of Completion that may or may not meet credit requirements in other jurisdictions. Where applicable, credit will be only awarded to a paid registrant completing all the requirements of the program as determined by the selected accreditation authority.

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How to Attend

Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

Technical Requirements
You may access this course on a computer or mobile device with high speed internet (iPhones require iOS 10 or higher). Recommended browsers are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.