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March 2017 Archives

6 reasons why an estate plan might be invalid

The will is the backbone of the estate plan. Family members who meet specific requirements can challenge or contest the will if they don't feel it is valid. Several factors can invalidate a will. Anyone who thinks that there is something wrong with the will should know some basic points about these reasons.

Reviewing other sources of will disputes

On this blog, we have covered many of the different factors that can play a role in will disputes, such as undue influence. However, it is important to keep in mind that will disputes have many other sources, especially if you are an executor or are a beneficiary who is concerned that assets are not being distributed properly. The New York law firm of Joseph A. Ledwidge understands how frustrating and complex these issues can be for beneficiaries and entire families in Jamaica, and other cities in the Empire State.

Safeguarding your inheritance

For families, the loss of a loved one can be an incredibly challenging time. Sadly, disagreements, misunderstanding and even unlawful actions can make a loved one's passing even more upsetting. If you live in Jamaica, or another New York City, and are worried about losing inheritance that should belong to you, it is essential to understand your rights and immediately figure out the smartest course of action. At Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., we know how devastating and confusing estate-related matters such as inheritance can be for people who already have a great deal of emotional pain.

Young adults and estate planning

When it comes to estate planning, some people decide to avoid these matters at younger ages. In fact, some even think that estate issues should not be addressed until an older age. However, in Jamaica, New York, and all parts of the U.S., adults of all ages should understand the importance of estate planning.

How to prevent challenges to your last will and estate

When you go through the effort of creating a last will and estate plan, you expect that your family members and heirs will respect your wishes. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to contest a last will, claiming they expected to receive more than you allotted for them.

Long-term care and estate planning

When it comes to estate planning, there are a multitude of matters that you may have to take into consideration. For example, you may look for ways to reduce the tax burdens associated with your estate and deciding how your assets will be split up after you pass away. However, there are other issues you may want to examine, such as long-term care. At Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., our firm understands how complicated these topics can be for residents of Jamaica, New York.