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What Happens To Properties Purchased By A Decedent After A Will Is Executed?

It is quite common for life events to change after a person writes their Last Will and Testament. Quite often, there may be a death or birth in the family, their can be a relocation to a new area, or a change in careers. Quite often, after a Will is executed, additional real property may Read on…

Does Your Will Need To Be Revised Over A Change Of Address?

A question often arises when I prepare a will for a client and they are contemplating a change of address. Whether that moves takes them to the next town, next county, or another state, the question of will revision comes into play. The simple answer is that if you were a New York resident and Read on…

What Happens To A Bank Account When Someone Dies Without A Will?

When the owner of a bank account dies and that account holder did not have a Last Will and Testament, there are a few possible scenarios that can occur. If the account holder was the sole owner of the account and did not have any beneficiary or did not have the account “in trust for” Read on…

Registering Your Will With a Probate Court in New York

When a client executes a Last Will and Testament at my office, the question arises as to which party would like to keep the original last will and testament. Typically, the original will is either kept with the attorney in a secure location like a fire-proof safe or the person executing the will (testator) will Read on…

Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Living Wills and Health Care Proxies

Quite often, people can get confused and interchange the use of the term “living will” and “health care proxy”. While the two terms are not synonymous, they are often combined into one document known as a “Living Will and Health Care Proxy”. Typically, the living will sets forth advanced medical directives for health care professionals Read on…

What Happens To Properties Purchased By A Decedent After A Will Is Drafted?

If a person has a will previously executed, and subsequent to the publication and execution of said will has purchased property, the language of the will shall speak to this issue. While it is important to update a will after a change in life circumstance, another basis to update would be the purchase of a Read on…

How Much Does It Cost To Make A Will?

The question as to the cost to draft a will by an attorney can not be settled with a simple monetary figure. There are so many components that speak to this issue. Above all else, it is imperative that you utilize an experienced estate planning attorney who can properly guide you as to the necessary Read on…

How To Find An Executor For My Will?

The fact that you are contemplating an executor for your Will signifies that you have taken the first step on taking control of your estates when you pass away. Remember that if you don’t have a validly executed Will when you pass away, the laws of intestacy will decide who inherits your estate. In order Read on…

What If The Will Maker (Testator) Becomes Incompetent, Does That Invalidate The Will?

When a will is executed in New York State, one of the requirements of a validly executed will is that the person who is signing the Will (testator) possesses testamentary capacity. But what if the person who created the Will becomes incompetent? Does that invalidate the Will? When is a Will not valid? It is Read on…

Do I Have To Draft A New Will If I Move To Another State?

Do you need to draft a new Will if you move to a different state? This question often occurs when one has a New York Will but is moving to another state. The simple answer is – it depends. In most cases, Wills that are executed in New York will comport to the estate and Read on…