IN RE: the Application of Karen LIND, et al. as Preliminary Executors for Discovery and Turnover of Property Pursuant to SCPA § 2103 in the Estate of Ezra M. Greenspan, Deceased. Karen Lind, et al., Plaintiffs–Appellants, v. Edith Greenspan, Defendant–Respondent,
Marcia Gordon, Defendant. v. Edith Wolf Greenspan, Respondent–Respondent.
-- November 23, 2010
Richard B. Lind, New York and Goldfarb Abrandt Salzman & Kutzin LLP, New York (Ira Salzman of counsel) for appellants.Kantor, Davidoff, Wolfe, Mandelker Twomey & Gallanty, P.C., New York (Steven W. Wolfe and Lawrence A. Mandelker of counsel), for respondent.
Order, Surrogate's Court, New York County (Kristin Booth Glen, S.), entered on or about June 30, 2009, which denied petitioners' motion for leave to amend the petition to add a cause of action for conversion of assets held in a convenience account and a cause of action for the erroneous deposit of a $200,000 check into the account, unanimously affirmed, without costs. Appeal from order, same court and Surrogate, entered on or about March 19, 2010, which granted petitioners' motion purporting to seek reargument, and, upon reargument, adhered to the original determination, unanimously affirmed, without costs. Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Louis B. York, J.), entered July 20, 2009, which, to the extent appealed from, granted defendant Edith Wolf Greenspan's motion for summary judgment dismissing the causes of action for wrongful death and punitive damages, unanimously affirmed, without costs.
The Surrogate correctly found that the relation-back doctrine does not save the proposed amended petition from being barred by the statute of limitations. The original petition alleges a joint account and a fraudulent deposit of $200,000 into the account for the benefit of respondent, the surviving tenant thereof. The proposed amended petition alleges, contradictorily, a convenience account and a $200,000 deposit made by mistake. Thus, the original pleading does not give notice of the transactions or occurrences to be proved pursuant to the amended pleading (CPLR 203[f] ).
In the absence of a challenge to the grant of petitioners' motion for reargument (see DeSoignies v. Cornasesk House Tenants' Corp., 21 A.D.3d 715, 718, 800 N.Y.S.2d 679  ), we will consider the arguments advanced therein. The Surrogate properly adhered to her original determination on the alternate ground of undue prejudice to respondent caused by petitioners' long delay in moving to amend, for which petitioners, who were aware of the potential for a claim involving a convenience account since at least December 2005, offered no excuse (see Oil Heat Inst. of Long Is. Ins. Trust v. RMTS Assoc., 4 A.D.3d 290, 772 N.Y.S.2d 313  ).
Plaintiffs failed to raise an issue of fact in opposition to defendant's motion for summary judgment in the wrongful death action. Their medical expert offered only conclusory assertions and failed to address the findings of the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on the decedent (see e.g. Lynn G. v. Hugo, 96 N.Y.2d 306, 310, 728 N.Y.S.2d 121, 752 N.E.2d 250 ; Abalola v. Flower Hosp., 44 A.D.3d 522, 843 N.Y.S.2d 615  ).