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October 2016 Archives

Setting up a living trust in New York

When it comes to estate planning, you may have a variety of options on the table. For example, you could be considering either a revocable living trust or an irrevocable living trust. In Jamaica, and other parts of New York, it is critical to approach these issues correctly and avoid unnecessary complications that affect your property. At Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., our law firm knows how challenging estate planning matters can be for some people.

Intestacy and the distribution of property

If you have recently lost a loved one, you may be experiencing a wide range of challenges. For example, you may have significant emotional pain after the death of your parent, or you could be experiencing financial challenges after losing a spouse. If your loved one did not have a will, you may be unsure of how their property will be distributed. At the law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., our law firm knows how difficult these matters can be for families in Jamaica, and all over the state of New York.

3 things to know about living wills in New York

A living will is a legal document that allows the creator to provide written instructions on how his or her health care should be managed in the event of incapacitation. Having a basic understanding of how these legal tools function is helpful both for those putting together an estate plan as well as those looking to administer a loved one's estate plan.

Reasons for a New York will contest

As regular readers of our Queens probate and estate administration law blog know, we regularly cover topics that involve disputes over wills. In some cases, those disputes will include what is known as a will contest.Here in New York, anyone who is affected by a will can challenge the will. The New York City Bar Association notes that there are a number of reasons for will contests. 

Is blood always thicker than water?

When Prince died earlier this year, he left a void the music world will never be able to fill. The pop superstar also left a void when it came to carrying out his final wishes, leaving no will or estate plan. The Associated Press notes that the late singer-songwriter's sister and 5 half-siblings are expected to be named his heirs within several months as a probate court wrestles with the division of his considerable assets.