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The Risks of DIY Estate Planning

With the advent of the internet and the age of information, people may believe that by conducting a simple Google (or other search engine) search, they can effectively and properly produce an estate planning that satisfies their needs and the needs of their family. In most cases, the risks of such estate planning without the Read on…

Estate Planning Tips for Single People

For the single person, proper estate planning is just as important as it is for those who are married. A single person may also have children but does not reside with a partner. Nonetheless, single people should be mindful or the importance and necessity of a proper estate planning structure for their future. It is Read on…

What Is Undue Influence And Why Does It Matter?

As set forth in the New York Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law (EPTL), an interested party may object to a Last Will and Testament being offered for probate on the basis of undue influence exerted upon the Testator (the person who signed the Will). If it is determined that an interested party or family member Read on…

Do You Need To Update Your Power of Attorney?

As with any documents concerning your estate or incapacity, it is often quite prudent to review these papers at regular time intervals, especially when there is a change in life circumstances (i.e. marriage, birth, death, relocation). The Durable Power of Attorney (POA) in New York is no exception. As previously stated in prior blogs, the Read on…

How Does An IRA Fit Into My Estate Planning?

Most IRAs, whether traditional or Roth IRAs, play a key role in estate planning. As long as an IRA has a named beneficiary, when the account holder passes away, the beneficiary will receive the proceeds of the IRA by operation of law. All that would need to be provided to the financial institution where the Read on…

If I Don’t Have An Estate, Do I Really Need An Estate Plan?

The question often arises as to whether an estate plan is necessary if you don’t believe you have an estate. The fact is that most people, whether they realize it or not, actually do have an estate. Real property aside, you may have checking accounts, savings accounts, IRA, pensions, or other financial accounts that may Read on…

When Does A Power Of Attorney Take Effect And How Long Does It Last?

The effective date by which a New York Power of Attorney takes effect will be a direct consequence of the type of document that is executed. A vast majority of clients sign what is known as a Durable Power of Attorney. A durable power of attorney takes effect immediately upon due and proper execution by Read on…

What Are The Key Estate Planning Documents Everyone Should Have?

If you are planning to meet with an estate planning attorney, or want to see if your estate planning documents need an update, there are certain documents that you should have ready to review and to present to your attorney. If you currently have estate planning documents that may require review and revision, please check Read on…

Is It A Good Idea To Transfer Your Home To Your Children During Your Lifetime?

Transferring property to your children during your lifetime is not something that an experienced attorney would recommend. Some consequences of giving up your property are mentioned as under: Transfer of property will result in gift tax. A gift tax form is required to be filed when a property worth $13,000 or more is transferred. Whereas, Read on…

What Is The Difference Between A Power Of Attorney (POA) And Executor?

Quite often, clients (or potential clients) do not fully comprehend the role of both the agent appointed under a Power of Attorney and that of an Executor. Or more importantly, when the role of the agent under that power of attorney ceases. Typically, people sign what is known in New York as a Durable Power Read on…