Christopher Massaro

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New Jersey Court Holds Financial Institutions are Not Required to Report Suspected Elder Fraud

In a case of first impression, the Superior Court of New Jersey held that financial institutions do not have an affirmative duty to report suspected fraud upon senior citizens or vulnerable individuals. See Lucca v. Wells...more

9/29/2015 - Durable Power of Attorney Elder Abuse Financial Abuse Financial Institutions First Impression Fraud Guardians Law Enforcement Wells Fargo Wire Fraud

Court Warns That Marriage Does Not Render A Spouse Automatically Entitled To Preexisting Life Insurance Policies

In a recent unpublished decision, the New Jersey Appellate Division has again stressed the importance of complying with the beneficiary designation requirements contained in life insurance policies. See Fox v. Lincoln...more

5/29/2015 - Beneficiary Designations Compliance Declaratory Judgments Life Insurance Surviving Spouse

Estate Planning and Former Spouses: Updating your Will, Life Insurance and Other Beneficiary Designations following a Divorce

Following a divorce, you should carefully review your estate plan to ensure that your former spouse will not receive any unintended distributions from your estate. Unless otherwise required by the terms of the divorce, you...more

12/4/2013 - Divorce Estate Planning

New Jersey Estate Litigation: The Availability of Punitive Damages

In In re Stockdale, the New Jersey Supreme Court addressed the availability of punitive damages in estate disputes involving undue influence claims. 196 N.J. 275 (2008). ...more

3/7/2013 - Elder Issues Punitive Damages Undue Influence Claims

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