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.

Jennifer is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate counsel (“ACTEC”). Before her promotion to chair of the NYSBA Trusts and Estates Section, she served as chair of the Estate Litigation Committee and co-chair of the Government Relations and Legislation Committee, where she actively assisted the Section in promoting new legislation and several of her own legislative proposals have been signed into law. She is a member of the Nassau County Bar Association where she served as co-chair of the Surrogates Court Committee. Hillman 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, the Suffolk County Bar Association, the Judicial Institute and other organizations. 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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