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How Many Agents Should You Name On Your Durable Power Of Attorney

Clients often ask me if they should have more than one agent named on the New York Durable Power of Attorney (POA). The high-level answer to this question is “it depends”. Logistically speaking, it is often easier if only one agent is appointed on the POA. This is because financial institutions may require both agents Read on…

Tips For Overwhelmed Executors

Quite often, one assumes the role of executor (or administrator) for an estate without realizing many of the complexities associated with being appointed a fiduciary of an estate by the Surrogates’ Court. I usually explain to clients that being an executor of an estate is no different than being a CEO for a corporation. You Read on…

Misconceptions About Power of Attorney

In New York, the power of attorney is an important document, to say the least. It has far-reaching consequences which it is why it is crucial to understand the misconceptions about this document. Generally speaking, my powers of attorney (POAs) that are executed in New York are “durable’, which means that they take effect immediately 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…

I Want To Switch Estate Planning Attorneys. What Do I Need To Know About The Process?

If you decide to switch estate planning attorneys, it is important that you know what your individual or family goals are. Some people seek an estate planning attorney to give advice and strategy to reduce possible estate and gift tax liability. This is one such purpose for switching to an experienced estate planning attorney. Another Read on…

Encouraging A Loved One To Start Thinking About Estate Planning

The process for encouraging a loved one to discuss estate planning and the distribution of assets both during and after that loved one has passed can be a difficult, and sometimes, awkward situation. However, using the appropriate tact and encouragement, this goal can be met, and can help that loved one and their immediate relatives. Read on…