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NEW YORK WILLS AND ESTATES LAWYERS

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New York Wills and Estates Lawyers
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New York Wills and Estates Lawyers
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Dilendorf Law Firm,
60 Broad Street, 24th Floor,New York,New York-10004,
Telephone No.212.457.9797
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A basic estate planning package, which always includes a will and normally also includes ancillary documents, like a trust and a directive to physicians, is quite literally the stitch in time that saves nine.

A few moments of preparation now could eliminate the need for months, years, or even decades of expensive litigation which no one truly wants. Additionally, without a will, the state of New York decides things like who receives your private property and who raises your children. Those are not decisions that the state should make.

At Dilendorf Law Firm, our New York wills and estates lawyers work hard, so you do not have to. Many of our clients take advantage of our secure online portal. This tool enables them to manage documents easily and enjoy all the benefits only an experienced attorney can provide. As a result, a minimal investment of time provides an emotional return which is difficult to measure.

Summary
New York Wills and Estates Lawyers
Service Type
New York Wills and Estates Lawyers
Provider Name
Dilendorf Law Firm,
60 Broad Street, 24th Floor,New York,New York-10004,
Telephone No.212.457.9797
Description
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

ATTORNEYS' EXPERIENCE

Advised a foreign client on establishing an irrevocable trust structure to purchase and hold investment real estate for the benefit of the investor’s family members prior to U.S. tax residency

Represented as co-counsel a foreign investor in connection with setting-up a Delaware Dynasty Trust for asset protection purposes and for purchasing and holding investment real estate in New York

Represented a foreign client in restructuring of business holdings and contributing all interest in business to a Cayman Star trust

Benefits of a Will in New York

In short, a will puts you and your family in control of events that occur after your passing. New York laws are especially broad in this area. 

For example, a will can designate a guardian for minor children as well as an executor of the estate. Guardians and executors have limited powers in some jurisdictions, but not in the Empire State.

Additionally, New York law provides for self-proving affidavits. These affidavits make it almost impossible to challenge a will’s validity.

Will Preparation

New York law does not require wills to be notarized. Nevertheless, the will execution rules are rather complex. At Dilendorf Law Firm, we follow all best practices for will execution. The extra time we take gives you additional peace of mind.

Two witnesses must attest to the testator’s (person making a will) signature in New York. These witnesses must meet certain legal qualifications. Additionally, they must personally see the testator sign the document.

Additional complexities arise if the testator amends a will or adds a codicil. We generally recommend that people physically destroy their current wills in these cases and start afresh. This approach avoids confusion later.

Will Contests

Codicils and other documents, especially if they are clearly contrary to the other provisions in the will, often invite will contests. The same is true if the will was signed under unusual circumstances, for instance in a nursing home as opposed to an attorneys office. In New York, will contests have three basic legal elements, as follows:

  • Motive: In this context, motive almost always involves financial gain. The extent of the motive, or lack thereof, usually depends on the relationship between the financial gain and the size of the estate.
  • Opportunity: Was the alleged undue influencer able to access the testator, maybe because of the nature of the relationship between the two? And, perhaps because of age, depression, or medication, was the testator susceptible to undue influence? 
  • Actual Influence: Theoretical influence or subtle pressure is not enough. Circumstantial evidence of actual influence includes the role the person played in the process and whether the person retained copies after the fact.

The challenging party has the burden of proof in these matters. Generally, that burden of proof is a preponderance of the evidence (more likely than not).

A will is a cornerstone of a comprehensive estate plan. For a confidential consultation with an experienced estate planning lawyer in New York, contact Dilendorf Law Firm. Convenient payment plans are available.

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Summary
New York Wills and Estates Lawyers
Service Type
New York Wills and Estates Lawyers
Provider Name
Dilendorf Law Firm,
60 Broad Street, 24th Floor,New York,New York-10004,
Telephone No.212.457.9797
Description
Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming

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