Unexpected Troubles When a Client Dies: Resolving Issues and Conflicts at the Time of Death

Originally held on Monday, April 8, 2019 | 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.



Program Chair:

Peter J. Strauss
Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC

  • Trust & Estates attorneys, Elder Law attorneys, and others who counsel older or disabled clients need to be familiar with unexpected problems that can happen when a client dies and family conflicts arise about funeral and other decisions they must make. What must you do and what can you do to enable your clients, their family and friends, to make the best decisions when they don’t all agree? This non-denominational panel discussion will address key legal, ethical, and practical questions, such as:

    • Who has decision making authority
    • What is the role of the funeral director
    • Deaths at home and what needs to be done
    • Formalities of making decisions and challenging them
    • Decisions concerning autopsy
    • Issues that may result from varying religious beliefs
    • Mechanisms to avoid or resolve disputes
    • Legal documents which could be helpful

    $39 for Members | $69 for Nonmembers

    Members who are Recent Law Graduates (not yet admitted), Newly Admitted Lawyers, In-House/Corporate Counsel, Judges (and their staff), or attorneys that practice within the Government, Academic or Not-for-Profit sectors attend this program for free.

  • Adam Fink, LFD/JD
    Plaza Jewish Community Chapel

    Jennifer Graziano, LFD/JD
    Coxe & Graziano Funeral Home

    Elliot Gross, MD
    Former Chief Medical Examiner, NYC and CT

    Charles M. Newman
    Charles M. Newman Law, Mediation and Arbitration

    Shawn I. Walker
    Thorp, Purdy, Jewett, Urness & Wilkinson, P.C.

  • 6:00 pm – 6:10 pm Introduction &  Overview
    Peter J. Strauss
    6:10 pm – 6:35 pm Overview of the Unexpected Troubles arising at death
    Shawn Irwin Walker
    6:35 pm – 6:50 pm When Death Occurs– A Forensic Pathologist’s View
    Elliot M. Gross
    6:50 pm – 7:10 pm The Role of the Funeral Director
    Adam Fink
    7:10 pm – 7:20 pm Break
    7:20 pm – 7:45 pm Mechanisms to Avoid or Resolve Disputes, including legal documents
    Jennifer Graziano
    7:45 pm – 8:10 pm How can disputes be prevented or resolved in advance
    Charles M. Newman
    8:10 pm – 8:20 pm Reprise
    Shawn Irwin Walker
    8:20 pm – 8:30 pm Q & A

  • CLE Credit
    New York:
    2.5 Skills
    New Jersey:
    2.8 General
    2.0 General
    2.0 General

    Please Note: Newly admitted NY attorneys cannot fulfill ethics or skills credits through our on-demand programs under OCA rules. For more information on this, please see http://www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/cle/changes_for_2016.shtml.

  • This program is generously sponsored by:




    Sponsoring Association Committees:
    Alternative Dispute Resolution | Charles M. Newman, Chair
    Legal Problems of the Aging | Britt Burner, Chair
    Senior Lawyers | Barry M. Bloom, Chair
    Trusts, Estates & Surrogates Courts | Andrew S. Auchincloss, Chair

    Sponsorship Opportunities are Available! Please Contact:
    Angie Avila, Manager, Membership Outreach and Sponsorships | (212) 382-6608 | aavila@nycbar.org