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July 2017 Archives

When you can contest a will

If someone wants to contest a will in New York, there must be one or more valid reasons for doing so. Simply disagreeing with the provisions of the will or believing that he or she should have inherited or inherited more is not sufficient. That person must be an “interested party” and must be able to prove that there are defects in the will or in the circumstances surrounding its creation.

Talking to beneficiaries about your estate plan

When it comes to estate planning, there are many different types of challenges that people encounter. Some have difficulty deciding whether to set up a trust or will, while others may be struggling with disagreements over how their loved one’s property is divided or allegations of breaching fiduciary duties. However, you may be unsure of how to talk to your loved ones about your estate plan. At Joseph A. Ledwidge, we are aware of the different reasons why this may be tricky.

Defending your position as executor of an estate

Being the executor of an estate is a dubious honor. On the one hand, someone you cared for and probably respected believed that you were trustworthy and intelligent enough to handle the estate. After all, it's a complex process. On the other hand, it's a lot of work and stress, often without any kind of extra compensation. Being an executor can strain or even destroy your familial relationships, especially if people in your family don't think the last will or estate plan was fair to them.

Long term care and estate planning

If you are going over estate planning matters, you may have various questions, such as which type of trust is ideal for you, who you will name as your estate’s executor, or how your assets will be distributed among beneficiaries. However, you may also want to consider the potential way that long term care could affect your estate and take steps to prevent problems from arising down the road. At the New York law firm of Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., we know that people sometimes have a lot of uncertainties when it comes to these topics.

Looking into estate planning as an immigrant

If you have immigrated to the U.S., you may have a diverse range of questions and concerns. At Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., we know that some immigrants face hurdles related to estate planning, while others are not sure their rights or how to work through estate matters as someone who is not a U.S. citizen. If you have immigrated to New York from another country for work, to live with family, or for any other purpose, it is essential to know your rights and familiarize yourself with your estate options.