• 30 minutes

Commencement of a Proceeding to Probate a Will and the Typical Grounds to Challenge a Will


Before you can get to a will contest, there has to be a proceeding to probate a will.

Practitioners that deal with trusts and estates often find themselves faced with will contests. Each state has its own particular procedures for probating a decedent’s will. Each state has certain requirements for the proper execution of a will, and those requirements tend to vary state by state. This video reviews what needs to be done before a will contest can begin, and also discusses typical grounds to challenge a will.

Runtime: 30 minutes



Steven H. Holinstat

Steven H. Holinstat

Proskauer Rose LLP

  • Co-Head of Proskauer Rose LLP’s Fiduciary Litigation Group
  • Proskauer has received Tier One Rankings for Trusts & Estates Litigation by U.S. News Rankings
  • Has a broad and diverse background in all aspects of high-stakes commercial litigation
  • One of the firm’s principal fiduciary litigators and 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
  • Fellow of ACTEC (the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel)
  • Member of the Surrogate’s Court Committee of the NYS Bar Association and the Litigation Committee of the NYC Bar Association

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