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Anne C. Bederka Esq.

Partner
Location:
New York, New York
Phone:
212-818-9600
212-871-6960 (Additional Phone)
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ANNE C. BEDERKA joined the firm in 2008 after serving as Principal Law Clerk to Honorable Kristin Booth Glen in the New York County Surrogate's Court.  During her tenure at the court, Ms. Bederka conferred with the Surrogate on legal issues, prepared confidential bench memoranda analyzing matters on the court's calendar, advised court-attorney referees with respect to matters pending before the court, and presided over court conferences.

Before arriving at the Surrogate's Court, Ms. Bederka was of counsel at Pillsbury Winthrop LLP (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP), where she represented corporate and individual fiduciaries in contested and voluntary proceedings before the Surrogate's Court and advised fiduciaries with respect to all matters of trust and estate administration.

Current Practice

Ms. Bederka's current practice focuses on the representation of fiduciaries and beneficiaries in Surrogate's Court proceedings and appeals, including contested probate proceedings, proceedings to determine the validity of trusts, contested accounting proceedings, proceedings for revocation of letters and other relief against fiduciaries, proceedings to determine the right of election,  proceedings to determine the validity of claims, turnover proceedings, proceedings for advice and direction, and proceedings for construction and reformation of wills and trusts and cy pres relief, among others.   

Ms. Bederka has also served as a court-appointed discovery referee and guardian ad litem in a range of Surrogate's Court matters, both contested and uncontested. 

Lectures and Authorship

Ms. Bederka has been a recurring panelist for the New York State Bar Association's certified training program, "What You Need to Know as a Guardian ad Litem."  She is a co-author of the 2013-2016 editions of Harris 6th edition, New York Estates: Probate, Administration, and Litigation, and has written and lectured on a wide range of topics, including will and trust contests, evidentiary issues in trusts and estates litigation, conducting SCPA 1404 discovery, protecting wills from attack, fiduciary best practices, and ethical issues for trusts and estates attorneys.  She has lectured on trusts and estates litigation at Cornell Law School, Fordham Law School, and CUNY Law School.

Peer Rating

Ms. Bederka has been selected by her peers as a New York Metro Super Lawyer in estate and trust litigation since 2014.

Representative Cases

Recent representative matters include:

Matter of Warren, 2018 NYLJ LEXIS 2097 (Sur. Ct., New York Co. 2018)

Matter of Kirschenbaum, File No. 1227/B-2014 (Sur. Ct., Kings Co.) (Dec. 6, 2017 Decision After Trial)

Matter of Fitzgerald, 144 A.D.3d 906 (2nd Dep't 2016)

Matter of Chamberlin, 135 A.D.3d 1052 (3rd Dep't 2016)

Matter of Stern, N.Y.L.J., May 11, 2015, at 22, col. 1 (Sur. Ct., New York Co. 2015)

Matter of Martin, N.Y.L.J. 1202603926596, at *1 (Sur. Ct., New York Co. 2013)

Matter of Schlaeger, 74 A.D.3d 405 (1st Dep't 2010)

Year Joined Firm

  • 2008

Areas of Practice

  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Trusts
  • Wills

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 2003

Education

  • Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn, New York
    • J.D. cum laude - May, 1993
  • Columbia University, New York, New York
    • M.F.A. - January, 1987
  • Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York
    • B.A. - May, 1984

Published Works

  • Evidence in Will Contests, Anne C. Bederka and Jeffrey H. Sheetz, New York State Bar Association (Publication Forthcoming)
  • Status Determinations: Evidentiary Considerations, Anne C. Bederka, New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, 2009
  • Inter Vivos Gifts, Practical Skills: An Introduction to Estate Planning, Anne C. Bederka and Joanne Butler, New York Bar Association, 2003
  • Will Drafting - The Fundamentals, Practical Skills: An Introduction to Estate Planning, Daniel J. McSwiggan and Anne C. Bederka, New York State Bar Association, 1999

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section, Former Co-Chair, Diversity Committee, 2009 - 2012
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Former Member, Trusts, Estates and Surrogate's Court Committee, 2006 - 2008
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