Bederka, Anne C. Esq.
Address: 600 3rd Avenue, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10016
Lawyer Firm: Greenfield Stein & Senior, LLP
Phone: 212- 818-9600
Fax: 212- 818-1264
|Areas of Practice||Litigation & Appeals, Trusts, Wills|
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.
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.
Ms. Bederka has been selected by her peers as a New York Metro Super Lawyer in estate and trust litigation since 2014.
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)
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