February 24, 2018
You are correct. It Is your actions. The news media, most of them said my story was not sensational enough and hung up. My husband is a Vietnam Vet. I just had a stroke, Bank of America and Carrington Bank with attorneys Shapiro & DiCaro stole our home while telling us the sale was cancelled. Myhusband fught in a war but there has been no one to assist us. The boro president sttes that the charter for New York ties their hands. Please someone Help us. Homeowners are cash cows for homeownwera in disstress, and yes we owe, but for 8 years transferred 7 timed and 15 representatives after 4 months they change represenatives. Our money has all been sent back, Someone please help us. We are still in the house,
February 23, 2018
I guess that Queens was left in the dust: Expect overcrowding on the 7 once the L shuts down to Manhattan.
LP Resident 30 yrs
February 23, 2018
There should be an app to report corruption anonymously. I heard someone at work say that they tried to get an apartment for their mom in Park Chester in the Bronx and the woman in the office told her that if she gave her 10,000.00 she can get her in. Another place doing the same as LP. I told my coworker to report it to her Assemblyman or congress person. This is not right. Greedy people ruin it for others.
Can Your Family Have Access to Your E-Mail after Your Death?
by cjleclaire
 Bonnie Lawston-LiEstate Attorney
Feb 23, 2018 | 994 views | 0 0 comments | 61 61 recommendations | email to a friend | print | permalink

In today's electronic world, the idea of property has changed dramatically. In the past, when you were putting together an estate plan, the only intangible property that might be a part of it was certain types of securities. Now, however, you can have e-mail accounts, online subscriptions, social media passwords and other digital assets. Recognizing the importance of digital property, the New York legislature recently enacted laws setting forth the rights of potential heirs to such property.

In Matter of Serrano, 2017 NY Slip Op 27200, (Sur. Ct., New York County, June 14, 2017), the court addressed the issue of whether the fiduciary of an estate had a statutory right to access to online  passwords and other digital data, so as to "inform friends of [the decedent's] passing…and close any unfinished business." The judge allowed disclosure of contacts and calendar information from the deceased's Google account, but denied access to the content of the e-mails in the Google account, reasoning that the contacts were necessary for the administration of the estate. Under the recent New York law, the custodian of electronic records (here Google), can be required to disclose to the personal representative of an estate a "catalogue of electronic communications sent or received by a deceased user." The statute defines "catalogue of electronic communications" to include only the identity of any person with who the deceased had an electronic communication, the time and date of that communication, and the e-mail address of that person.

In a more recent Surrogate Court opinion, a fiduciary's request for access to the contents of a decedent's Google account was denied. In Matter of White, 2017 NYLJ, October 3, 2017, at p. 25, the court expressed concern that allowing "unfettered access" to digital property had the potential to involve the unnecessary disclosure of sensitive or confidential information, unrelated to the administration of the estate. The court concluded that, when evaluating a request for access to digital data, there must be a balancing of interests—the interest of the fiduciary to properly administer the estate, and the interest of the deceased in his or her privacy. Accordingly, the court followed the precedent in Serrano, allowing disclosure of contact information only.

The estate administration process can be complex and confusing. It's important to have a strong and knowledgeable lawyer to guide you through the process. Attorney Bonnie Lawston offers more than 20 years of experience to clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County.

Contact the Law Office of Bonnie Lawston for all your Probate and Estate Administration matters. 


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