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Estate, Trust & Guardianship Litigation

Mackenzie Hughes was recently involved in a trust dispute between siblings where we successfully obtained a court determination ordering the sibling trustee to distribute property to our client, the sibling beneficiary, unencumbered by the trustee’s proposed easement.

Despite the careful planning by many family members to ensure their estates, trusts or guardianship matters are settled before they pass on, disputes may occasionally arise over the interpretation of the distribution of a will, trust, estate and more. When these types of matters occur, we help our clients fight for their rights through litigation.

Our attorneys provide specific council and services over:

  • Trust disputes
  • Guardianship disputes
  • Accounting disputes
  • Will contests
  • Abuses of power of attorneys


Ami S. Longstreet

Partner and Co General Counsel


Christopher Powers Joins Mackenzie Hughes LLP Litigation and Business Departments

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Christopher Powers has joined the litigation and business departments of Mackenzie Hughes LLP and will concentrate his legal practice in health care litigation, real and intellectual property, and commercial litigation. Powers spent 11 years working in the communications industry prior to earning his juris doctor in 2017. He currently sits on the…

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Ryan T. Emery and Samantha L. Millier Named Partners at Mackenzie Hughes LLP

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Ryan T. Emery and Samantha L. Millier have been elected to the partnership at Mackenzie Hughes LLP. Emery joined Mackenzie Hughes in 2006 and focuses his practice in the areas of litigation, estate planning and estate administration. Admitted to both the New York and Florida Bar, he serves clients residing in both…

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Attorneys from Mackenzie Hughes LLP named by Super Lawyers

SYRACUSE, NY – Mackenzie Hughes LLP is pleased to announce the partners that have been named as Super Lawyers in the 2008 edition of New York Super Lawyers Upstate magazine. The list includes: Stephen T. Helmer, Business Litigation; Carter H. Strickland, Business Litigation; Edward J. Moses, Business/Corporate; Ami S. Longstreet, Elder Law; Elizabeth A. Hartnett,…

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I’ve Been Summoned for Jury Duty. Now What?

What do you think of when you hear the words “jury duty”? To many people, the term “jury duty” brings to mind a civic obligation; a 2017 survey by the Pew Research Center Survey found that roughly two-thirds of American adults believe that serving on a jury “is part of what it means to be…

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The Best Gift To Your Family (and it doesn’t cost a thing)

There is one gift you can easily assemble in under ten minutes, at no cost, that will someday be greatly appreciated by your loved ones. A letter of instruction can provide great comfort and relief to your family when you are not available to provide guidance in person.

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Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets

On September 29, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed into law a new statute amending the New York Estates Powers and Trusts Law in relation to the administration of digital assets.

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