A New York judge has ruled that a widower cannot claim his wife's assets,
approximately a year after she committed suicide.
Aleida Veronica Bordas, a teacher and naval reservist, filed for divorce
from her estranged husband, David Bordas, in September 2012. In April
2013 she committed suicide, but not before she cut him off from receiving
any proceeds from her estate. Bordas left $500,000 to her 10 and 13 year-old
daughters, children she shared with her estranged husband. She also indicated
that if the girls were to be unable to receive the money it would go to
David filed a motion in January, as part of ongoing divorce proceedings,
which said that his deceased wife had unlawfully moved money which should
have been part of the couple's divorce. But, ruling against the man,
Supreme Court Justice Paul Marx said that though "it is regrettable
that Aleida violated the automatic orders and seems to have reached beyond
the grave to thwart David's efforts to recover his share of her assets,
this court is unable to remedy the violation in this proceeding."
At issue is whether or not a divorce case ends when one party dies. Andrea
Catalina, attorney for David Bordas, believes that is does not, in contrast
with Justice Marx. Bordas and his attorney are reportedly considering
divorce attorneys this could be a serious issue that requires legal expertise
and aggressive litigation. If you are facing an issue similar to this
and you require legal assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our
New York City divorce law firm.