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Anatomy of a Will Contest: Summary Judgment Motions and Trial and Appeal


Learn why timing of when to make a motion for summary judgment is crucial.

To succeed on a motion for summary judgment, a moving party must typically establish that there are no genuine disputes as to any material facts, and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. If this standard is met, it would obviate the need for a trial. This video reviews who can make motions for summary judgment and why the timing of when to make a motion is critical and provides a brief overview of the trial and appeal process of a will contest.

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Steven H. Holinstat

Steven H. Holinstat

Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Vice-chair of Proskauer Rose LLP’s Fiduciary Litigation Group, and is a senior counsel in Proskauer’s litigation department
  • Proskauer has received Tier One rankings for trusts & estates litigation by U.S. news rankings
  • Broad and diverse background in all aspects of high-stakes commercial litigation
  • He is one of the firm’s principal fiduciary litigators, is the lead litigator in a number of high net worth trust and estate matters, and has developed a reputation for being adept at intervening and resolving challenging interfamily disputes before they escalate into full-blown litigation
  • Aggressive and experienced trial lawyer; he has handled cases before federal and state courts around the country and numerous arbitrations before JAMS, the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers, or NASD) and the International Chamber of Commerce
  • Published articles and lectured domestically and internationally on topics in the field of fiduciary litigation
  • He is also a member of the Surrogate’s Court Committee of the NYS Bar Association, and the Litigation Committee of the NYC Bar Association
  • Can be contacted at [email protected] or 212-969-3104
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