The $5-million estate of deceased Proskauer partner Harry Goldsmith is being covered by Julia Marsh in the New York Post. Small potatoes, right, for the New York Metro area. The story is in the feud for the money between the wife Deborah Lee, who married Goldsmith on his deathbed, and ex Debra Karlstein, who is also a lawyer.
Legal action has a way of turning up the ugly underbelly of things. In this one, Karlstein alleges that Proskauer had ignored Goldsmith's substance-abuse problem. She contends it interfered with life at home and his ability to function on behalf of his clients.
In response, reports Marsh, "Proskauer lawyers, who are representing Lee pro-bono in the estate case, said, 'they're going to use every resource they have at Proskauer to destroy' Karlstein, her attorney, Robert Adams, told Justice Nora Anderson in Surrogate's Court Friday."
Also, Goldsmith, who died at age 50 of cancer, wasn't exactly a big-bucks earner. His compensation as a litigator, according to the Post, was $775,000 annually. That's part of a bonus for some investment bankers. This seems to be about more than money.
Given that this lawsuit has gone high-profile, the opposing parties likely are playing parts in a drama that could become their identifying characteristic. Just wait for the obits.