In Re Kramer and the Enforceability of Charitable Pledges in New York

(259 Ratings)

Produced on: February 09, 2015

Course Format On Demand Audio

Taught by


Course Description

Time 53 minutes
Difficulty Advanced

Legal practitioners may often take the enforceability of charitable subscriptions or pledges as a given.  This is understandable given the balance of case law in New York which has historically and actively upheld charitable pledges as a public policy matter.  Nevertheless, it is important to understand the legal theories upon which this history of enforceability is based, or a pledge may become the subject of scrutiny and challenge.  A recent Kings County Surrogate’s Court decision in Matter of Kramer is one such case where a charitable pledge was not enforced, and it serves as a useful reminder that the enforcement of charitable pledges should not be taken for granted. Join Trusts & Estates attorney Spencer Reames as he examines the historical framework of charitable pledge enforceability in New York, and what went wrong in Kramer, so that practitioners may ensure their clients’ adherence to justify enforceability.


Learning Objectives:

I.    Understand the historical legal underpinnings of the enforceability of charitable pledges in New York

II.   Utilize the fundamental theories of enforceability to ensure strong, accepted pledges

III.  Avoid pitfalls and challenges to enforceability




Spencer L. Reames

Farrell Fritz, P.C

Spencer L. Reames focuses on estate planning and litigation, representing clients throughout the New York metropolitan area in probate contests, contested accountings, discovery and other related proceedings. His practice includes conducting pretrial discovery, legal research and drafting motions


Kelly M.

Very nice presentation-informative and engaging

elisa g.

very well done

Deena M.

This was a well thought out lecture on the enforceability of charitable donations- more on how to make them more enforceable



Anthony L.

Very interesting topic and well presented.

Silvia C.

Very interesting.

Load More


$ 59 Wills, Trusts, & Estates In Stock


Get Unlimited Access to Lawline Courses

Unlimited CLE Subscription gives you access to take almost any course from our catalog and earn as much CLE credit as you need.