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Grounds for contesting a will

While a will may seem like the final say if your loved one in New York has passed away, the truth is that there can be many mistakes made during the writing and developing that can render the agreement invalid. If you believe that this has happened to you, we at Joseph A. Ledgwidge can represent you as you contest the will.

How much is the fee to file for probate?

If you are the executor of an estate, all sorts of questions may be on your mind. For example, you may have uncertainties related to your fiduciary duties or you could be unsure of how to approach the probate process. In Jamaica, and all across the state of New York, it is vital to make sure that you are aware of your responsibilities and prepare yourself for some of the responsibilities that lie ahead. For example, if you file for probate, you may be unsure of what the filing fee is.

Heir claims he was cheated out of $70,000

With regard to probate, there are many issues that executors, heirs and decedents may want to take into consideration. For example, heirs should be aware of any wrongdoing during the probate process, which leaves them with a smaller amount of assets than they were entitled to. Unfortunately, this takes place too often in New York and it can be very hard for people who are alerady going through emotional pain.

Talking with loved ones about probate

When it comes to estate matters, a myriad of issues could affect you, whether you are in the early stages of setting up your estate plan or are struggling with your duties as an executor. At Joseph A. Ledwidge, we can sympathize with people who have encountered these challenges in all parts of New York. Unfortunately, they can create a rift between family members, which can be even more devastating after a loved one has passed away. As a result, you should try to work with your loved ones to lock in a positive outcome, regardless of the nature of your complications.

What happens to a person's debts after they pass away?

If you are toiling in debt or a loved one is dealing with similar circumstances, a pressing question may be: “what happens to my debt when I pass away?” One would think that the debt would be extinguished with the person as they pass away. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, as some creditors will go to great lengths to collect on debt they are owed.

Handling your responsibilities as a trustee

If you have been named a trustee, you may be facing numerous hurdles. On the one hand, you may be struggling with unbearable emotional pain due to the loss of a loved one. However, you may also be unsure of your responsibilities or how to handle some trust-related issues. At Joseph A. Ledwidge, we know how challenging this can be for trustees and entire families in Jamaica, and all across the state of New York. By recognizing and carefully managing your responsibilities, you may avoid certain complications.

Managing your responsibilities as a trustee

From being named a trustee by a loved one who is drafting his or her trust to disagreements that come up during the probate process, there are a number of ways that trustees find themselves involved in an estate. After the trustor passes away, however, trustees play an especially important role. If you have been named a trustee, it is vital to be fully aware of your responsibilities. At the New York law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, we understand the concerns and stress that trustees may have, especially for those who are not very familiar with trusts or the probate process.

Preparing yourself for the probate process

If you lost a beloved member of your family recently, or are worried that a loved one will soon pass away, you may be emotionally distraught. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, you may find yourself anticipating the probate process, which can make things even more difficult if you have no idea of what could lie ahead. At the New York law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, we can understand the challenges that people who are dealing with this may often encounter. However, you may be able to relieve some of your worries and work towards a more favorable outcome if you thoroughly prepare for probate.

What happens to estates when U.S. citizens die overseas?

From will contests to distributing assets, you may have many questions regarding an estate. However, it is important to remember that there are unique situations that can affect a person's estate, such as dying in another country. Whether you are making plans related to your estate or you recently lost a loved one who was traveling at the time of their death, understanding what happens to an estate when the decedent passed away in a foreign country may be very helpful. In Jamaica, New York, and everywhere in the U.S., handling these types of circumstances appropriately is incredibly important for everyone involved.

Small estates, wrongful death and probate

After someone passes away, their family members may encounter various hurdles. In Jamaica, and all New York cities, families in this position may have unanswered questions or stress because of court. Sometimes, there is infighting between beneficiaries, which can make the loss even more painful. However, other issues may arise that families are not always aware of right away, such as whether or not a probate proceeding is necessary for a someone who had a small estate but did not leave behind a will.