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C. Raymond Radigan and Lisa Fenech C. Raymond Radigan and Lisa Fenech

Throughout years past, it was common in Surrogate’s Court for petitions to be filed in various proceedings and for decisions and orders to be rendered fairly quickly. Typically, the parties would not appear in front of the court again, except in connection with New York estate tax motions. The few matters that were contested by the parties would very often be resolved by settlement or a court determination after a motion, trial or a hearing. However, the growing population of New York combined with the down-sizing of the court’s staff has caused this process to become a slower version of itself. As highlighted in the article published in the New York Law Journal, titled “Mediation as an Alternative to Estate Litigation” by C. Raymond Radigan and Moira Jabir, mediation and arbitration can offer many benefits to trusts and estates matters. As such, an initiative has begun in Surrogate’s Court, among many other courts, to offer the benefits of mediation to all Surrogate’s Court cases, which is encouraged by Chief Judge Janet DiFiore.

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