516-227-0700

Eric W.
Penzer

Estate Litigation

Partner

Uniondale

T: 516-227-0618

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About Eric

Eric W. Penzer concentrates in trust and estate litigation. His practice includes contested probate proceedings, fiduciary accounting proceedings, discovery proceedings, and other litigation related to estates and trusts. He is a frequent contributor to Farrell Fritz’s New York Trusts & Estates Litigation blog, a frequent author, and lecturer on trust and estate litigation topics.

Credentials

Education

  • Fordham University School of Law
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook

Affiliations & Appointments

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), Fellow
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, Executive Committee, Trusts and Estates Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Former Chairperson, Practice & Ethics Committee, Trusts and Estates Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Former Chairperson, Litigation Committee, Trusts and Estates Section
  • New York City Bar Association, Member, Estates & Gift Taxation Committee
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Member, Surrogate's Court Estates & Trusts Committee
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Articles & Advisories

Enforceability of a “Personal Guaranty” Clause

Reprinted with permission from NYSBA Journal, September 2015 issue. A potential client is the nominated executor under the will of…

September 22, 2015

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Getting the Last Word, or, A Good Stout Rope

Reprinted with permission from: Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter, Summer 2012, Vol 45, No. 2, published by the New…

September 27, 2012

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Cutting Family Ties: The Inheritance Rights of Adopted-Out Children

Reprinted with permission from the New York State Bar Association Journal, February 2009, Vol. 81, No. 2, published by the…

February 25, 2009

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Vacating Surrogate’s Court Judgments, Orders and Decrees

Reprinted with permission from the New York State Bar Journal, July/August 2008, Vol. 80, No. 6, published by the New…

July 01, 2008

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Planning Ahead: Second Circuit Clarifies Scope of Probate Exception to Federal Jurisdiction

Reprinted with permission from the New York State Bar Journal, January 2008, Vol. 80, No. 1, published by the New…

January 01, 2008

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Dead Man’s Statute: Use in Summary Judgment Motions

June 01, 2007

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Uncertainty Continues Over Inheritance Rights of Adopted-Out Children

June 01, 2007

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Outside Counsel: Dead Man’s Statute: Use in Summary Judgment Motions

April 03, 2007

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Use of the "Secret Trust" Doctrine to Effectuate a Decedent’s Intent

Originally published in Volume 40, No. 1 of NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter (Fall 2006), a publication of…

March 01, 2007

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The Probate Exception to Federal Jurisdiction

Originally published in Volume 39, No. 3 of NYSBA Trusts and Estates Law Section Newsletter (Fall 2006), a publication of…

November 01, 2006

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Reformation proceedings in the Surrogate’s court

May 01, 2006

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Court of Appeals clarifies inheritance rights of adopted-out children

January 01, 2006

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Restrictive Covenants Can Be a Valuable Business Tool

October 28, 2005

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Electronic Discovery: An Overview

October 01, 2004

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When a Mortgage Commitment Is Issued But Later Revoked, Who Keeps the Down Payment?

Reprinted with permission from the New York State Bar Association Journal, September 2004, Vol. 76, No. 7, published by the…

September 01, 2004

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Commercial Justices Apply Rules of Contract Interpretation in Insurance Cases

In two recent decisions, the Justices of the Commercial Division of the Supreme Court, Nassau County, applied well-established principles of…

July 01, 2004

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Focus on Business and Corporate Law: Is There a Fiduciary Relationship Between Franchisor and Franc

In franchise litigation, it is not uncommon for franchisees to argue that a fiduciary relationship exists between them and their…

March 01, 2004

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Beware of Claims Based on Misuse of Advertising Contributions

The advertising fund is an important component of the franchisor-franchisee relationship. However, with it comes important rights and obligations for…

January 01, 2004

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Is There Ever A Fiduciary Relationship Between Franchisor and Franchisee?

In franchise litigation, it is not uncommon for franchisees to argue that a fiduciary relationship exists between them and their…

September 01, 2003

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The ‘Shindler Rule’ An Exception to the Rule on Attorney’s Fees

May 21, 2003

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New Law Simplifies Procedures For Non-Party Discovery

On Sept. 24, 2002, Governor Pataki signed a law1 designed to simplify the process of obtaining discovery from non-party witnesses.…

February 01, 2003

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Statements of Material Facts in Summary Judgment Motions Require Careful Draftmanship

February 01, 2003

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New Law Impacts On Internet Branding

Since the explosion of the commercial Internet in the mid-1990s, companies and individuals have occasionally found their trademarks or names…

April 17, 2000

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News

Where There’s a Will Doesn’t Always Mean There’s a Way

May 20, 2011

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Farrell Fritz Launches New York Trusts & Estates Litigation Blog

Farrell Fritz trusts and estates associates, Jaclene L. D’Agostino, Robert M. Harper and Frank T. Santoro will also contribute to…

January 26, 2009

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JLNS – Law Firm News – Eric W. Penzer to Receive LIBN 40 Under 40 Award

January 08, 2009

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Press Releases

30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2018 Leading Lawyers in Their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2018 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 13, 2018

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Ten Farrell Fritz Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

Farrell Fritz congratulates ten attorneys on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019.…

August 09, 2018

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Farrell Fritz Receives Tier 1 Ranking in 2018 U.S. News – Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms”

Farrell Fritz is pleased to announce that, for the sixth consecutive year, the firm has received a Tier 1 Ranking…

November 01, 2017

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31 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2017 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 31 attorneys selected to the 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 20, 2017

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Ten Farrell Fritz Attorneys Named to The Best Lawyers in America 2018

Farrell Fritz congratulates ten attorneys on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.…

August 15, 2017

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2016 New York Metro Super Lawyers and New…

September 21, 2016

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Nine Farrell Fritz Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2017

Farrell Fritz congratulates nine partners on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017.…

August 16, 2016

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2015 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys selected to the 2015 New York Super Lawyers and New York…

September 16, 2015

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Seven Farrell Fritz Partners Named to The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

Farrell Fritz congratulates seven partners on being selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.…

August 21, 2015

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Farrell Fritz Attorneys Receive Pro Bono Recognition Award

On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the Nassau County Bar Association held its first annual Access to Justice Pro Bono Recognition…

April 15, 2015

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30 Farrell Fritz Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Leading Lawyers in their Respective Areas of Practice

Farrell Fritz had a combined total of 30 attorneys named to the 2014 New York Super Lawyers and New York…

September 23, 2014

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Farrell Fritz Partners Named to the New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists

Farrell Fritz congratulates seven partners on being selected for inclusion on the New York Super Lawyers 2011 – Metro Edition…

October 27, 2011

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Farrell Fritz Partner, Eric W. Penzer, to Receive Long Island Business News "40 Under 40" Award

December 24, 2008

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Eric W. Penzer Appointed to the Board of Directors of the Long Island Elite

February 20, 2007

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Farrell Fritz Announces Attorney Promotions

January 17, 2007

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Farrell Fritz Attorneys Receive Top Honors and Notable Appointments

February 25, 2005

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Pro Bono

Child Abuse And Domestic Violence Organizations Open Under One Roof

The Safe Center LI is a unique collaboration among two nonprofit organizations – the Coalition Against Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN)…

January 25, 2011

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Recognition

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American College of Trusts & Estates Council (ACTEC)

Fellow

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AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell

Peer Review Rating

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The Best Lawyers in America

Litigation—Trusts & Estates 2016–2019

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The Best Lawyers in America

Lawyer of the Year—Long Island 2018

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Super Lawyers

New York—Metro Edition (Estate & Trust Litigation) 2014, 2016–2018

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Super Lawyers

Rising Stars 2011

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Nassau County Bar Association

2015 Access to Justice Pro Bono Award

Community Work

Eric is a vice president and member of the board of directors of The Safe Center LI, located in Bethpage, a nonprofit agency serving the victims of domestic abuse and child abuse. In 2015, he received the Nassau County Bar Association’s Access to Justice Award for his pro bono work.