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Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Probate Exception. The Second Circuit has reinterpreted the probate exception, which provided that federal courts should not, in general, decide cases dealing with probate issues. The Court has held that a federal court should decline subject-matter jurisdiction only if a plaintiff seeks (1) to acheive to administer an estate, probate a will, or do any other purely probate matter or (2) to reach a res in the custody of a state court in federal court

The decision in Lefkowitz v. Bank of New York can be found here.

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