Estate litigation attorney Frank T. Santoro represents clients in Surrogate’s Court in probate contests, contested accounting proceedings, discovery proceedings and fiduciary litigation, and in actions and proceedings in New York State Supreme Court and federal court, including Article 81 guardianship proceedings.
What was one of your significant cases?
In a recent contested accounting proceeding, we aggressively challenged the conduct of trustees in their stewardship of a trust, resulting in a favorable settlement for our client. The key to our success was collaboration among our trusts and estates litigation, corporate, and tax departments. By bringing the firm’s full resources to bear, we can achieve excellent results for our clients.
“Success is utilizing all of the resources around you to do the best that you can.”
What are some of your particular strengths as an estate litigation attorney?
I have learned how to be sensitive to how people perceive facts, and this allows me to effectively advocate for, and communicate with, my clients. Whether through oral advocacy, through written submissions or through the examination of a witness, I serve my clients well by effectively communicating. I’m also adept at conducting in-depth investigations, uncovering the facts and circumstances surrounding the dispute and assessing the evidence that is available to support and defend the matter. That involves skillful and persistent examinations of witnesses at pretrial depositions, careful and targeted demands for documents, cross-examinations of witnesses at trial, and advocacy on behalf of my clients.
Why should clients choose Farrell Fritz?
We have very talented lawyers in numerous practice areas, and this enables us to help a client achieve their goals. When my client has questions or needs help with respect to employment law issues, I can speak with my colleagues in our labor and employment department, and I will be getting the best advice – that goes for every department at Farrell Fritz, P.C.