The Second Department, reversing Surrogate’s Court, determined the motions to quash subpoenas issued by appellants who objected to an accounting of a trust should not have been granted and the appellants’ counsel’s submissions demonstrating a good faith effort to settle the matter (22 NYCRR 202.7) were sufficient:
In a proceeding pursuant to article 22 of the Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act to settle an account of a trust, a party filing objections is “entitled to all rights granted under article thirty-one of the civil practice law and rules with respect to . . . discovery” (SCPA 2211). CPLR 3101(a), which provides for “full disclosure of all matter material and necessary in the prosecution or defense of an action,” is to be liberally construed “to require disclosure, upon request, of any facts bearing on the controversy which will assist preparation for trial by sharpening the issues and reducing delay and prolixity” … .
A “party or nonparty moving to vacate the subpoena has the initial burden of establishing either that the requested [information] is utterly irrelevant’ to the action or that the futility of the process to uncover anything legitimate is inevitable or obvious'” … . Matter of Cheryl LaBella Hoppenstein 2005 Trust, 2020 NY Slip Op 04846, Second Dept 9-2-20