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Jennifer F. Hillman’s practice includes all manner of Surrogate’s Court proceedings including accounting proceedings, probate contests, discovery proceedings, and commercial litigation related to estates. She practices in the Surrogate’s Courts as well as the trial and appellate courts throughout New York.

She also has substantial experience in trial and appellate advocacy, and has handled a variety of commercial cases including contractual disputes, restrictive covenants, unfair competition, partnership disputes, and real estate litigation.

Jennifer is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate counsel (“ACTEC”).  She is an active member of the New York State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section where she serves on the executive committee as an officer.  She formerly served as chair of the Estate Litigation Committee and co-chair of the Government Relations and Legislation Committee, where she actively assisted the Trust and Estates Section in promoting new legislation.  Several of her own legislative proposals have been signed into law. She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association where she serves as co- chair of the Surrogates Court Committee. She is a member of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Association and is on the Board of Directors of the Nassau County Women’s Bar Foundation.

Jennifer has lectured on probate and trust issues to the New York State Bar Association, the New York City Bar Association and the Suffolk County Bar Association. She has cowritten many articles for the New York Law Journal, and is a contributor to the Lexis Nexis Estate Practice and Elder Law Community on a variety of issues related to estate litigation.

Notable Decisions:

  • In re Hoppenstein, 2017 N.Y. Slip Op. 30940(U)(Surr Ct. New York Co. 2017)
  • In re Dorfsman, 2016 N.Y. Slip Op. 32026(U) (Surr Ct. Nassau Co. 2016)
  • Matter of Panebianco, 50 Misc3d 1203(A) (Surr Ct Westchester Co 2015)
  • In re Elmezzi, 124 AD3d 886 (2d Dept 2015)
  • In re Saft, 41 Misc 3d 1219 (A) (Surr Ct. Nassau Co. 2013)
  • In re Demesyeux, 42 Misc 3d 730 (Surr Ct. Nassau Co. 2013)
  • In re Will of Friedlander, 34 Misc 3d 1216 (A) (Surr Ct. New York Co. 2011)
  • In re Nieto, 70 AD 3d 831 (2d Dept 2010)


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