Dealing with a kinship proceeding properly

If you recently lost someone who was close to you, you may be experiencing different challenges, such as emotional pain. Unfortunately, you may also be facing stress due to legal issues involving probate, such as a kinship proceeding. If you live in Queens, or anywhere across New York, it is pivotal to handle kinship proceedings appropriately. At the law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, we are very familiar with lasting impact that kinship proceedings can have on entire families.

If you were the cousin, uncle or aunt of someone who recently passed away in your family, you may be able to obtain inheritance, depending on the details of the situation. For example, if the person did not have any children, parents or a marital partner, and they did not leave behind a will, you may be able to gain access to their estate. However, you will have to prove kinship at a proceeding, which can be complicated.

Before a kinship proceeding, it is vital for you to make sure that you are ready to support your case in every necessary way. In fact, you could be asked to present documentation which proves your relationship to the person who passed away, such as your birth certificate. Ultimately, the court will have the final say, so it is imperative to make sure that you do everything in your power to secure a favorable outcome.

On our kinship page, you can take a look at even more information that is related to kinship proceedings  and other probate matters.

Organizations receive millions from New York estate

From the planning stage to administrating an estate after someone passes away, it is crucial for people to approach the estate process carefully. In Jamaica, and other parts of New York, those who set up a trust or will may have a number of motivations. For example, they may wish to have some of their assets distributed among family members  or to a cause they support. For those who are responsible for handling an estate after someone passes away, it is very important to make sure the estate is properly managed.

A number of organizations recently received millions of dollars from the estate of a New York woman who passed away during 2014 and was passionate about the arts. Before she passed away, she prepared a will, which requested that two of her friends donate a portion of her estate to various organizations which promoted literature.

Some of the organizations that have received donations from the woman’s estate include a museum that received $2 million, a community center that was given $7 million and a theater, which was given $5 million.

For those who have been put in charge of distributing an estate’s assets as well as those who are in the early stages of setting up an estate plan, identifying the best course of action can be challenging. As a result, many people who have difficulties related to an estate decide to turn to an attorney, which may help them figure out how to address any obstacles they are facing.

Source : The New York Times, ” Estate of Amber Lightfoot Walker Gifts $15.5 Million to Support Literature, ” Andrew R. Chow, Jan. 15, 2017

Preventing estate-related complications

Sometimes, thinking of death is difficult and some people may push off preparing for the loss of their spouse or their own passing. However, planning ahead can be very beneficial for people in Jamaica, New York, and all over the country. By taking steps to prevent estate-related disputes  or other challenges related to an estate, people may be able to make life easier for their loved ones after they pass away.

A piece that was recently published by the New York Times helped draw attention to the different ways that families can try to prevent estate-related complications. For starters, couples should plan ahead with regard to their passing beforehand and take steps to make estate matters less challenging once they do pass away. For example, they should review any unique details regarding their circumstances and prepare accordingly, such as owning real estate in multiple states or having a child with special needs.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports that across the country, over 800,000 people lose their marital partner every year. Moreover, statistics reveal that roughly one out of every four Americans over the age of 65 are living as a widower or widow. To make estate matters less complicated, couples should try to work together when setting up a trust, writing a will or taking care of any other issues regarding their estate.

When it comes to estate topics, identifying the best course of action can be tough. As a result, many people have turned to a knowledgeable legal professional for a clearer understanding of their different options.

Source : New York Times, ” Death Is Inevitable. Financial Turmoil Afterward Isn’t., ” John F. Wasik, Jan. 13, 2017

Singer’s estate valued at $25 million

When it comes to probate, every estate is unique. As a result, families who are struggling with any legal issues related to probate should take an individualized approach and take steps to prevent unnecessary complications. For example, disputes may arise and should be avoided, if possible, since disagreements can cause even more emotional pain and further complicate the probate process . Unfortunately, some disputes are inevitable in Jamaica, and all across the state of New York.

The estate of a popular singer who recently passed away, which has been valued at an estimated $25.4 million, was recently presented to probate court in Minnesota. There are a number of unresolved matters concerning the musician’s estate and heirs are yet to be determined. In recent months, numerous people have claimed to be heirs of the estate.

According to an inventory that was presented in probate court, the singer had accumulated real estate valued at millions of dollars in the year before his passing. Moreover, the full worth of his estate has not been determined due to videos and music that were stored in a vault and had not been released.

Dealing with probate can be difficult for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes, people are unsure of how to move forward during a will contest or what their obligations are as the executor of an estate. Regardless of the specific challenges someone is facing, handling probate issues correctly is imperative. Sometimes, people have developed a clearer understanding of their choices by discussing their situation with a knowledgeable legal professional.

Source : Fox News, ” Asset inventory of Prince’s estate lists cash, property, gold bars, ” Jan. 8, 2017

Mickey Rooney’s wife is contesting his estate

Mickey Rooney was a beloved American actor, famous for his roles on television and Broadway, as well as movie roles, including being the voice of Santa Claus. He was also a father and a husband, as well as a man with a gambling problem for much of his later life.

Despite working for much of his adult life, often commanding a premium wage, his finances were not as robust as one would imagine for an actor who receives nearly universal name recognition with several generations of Americans. When he died, Rooney’s will only detailed the dispersal of roughly $18,000 in assets.

The issue with Rooney’s estate

When Rooney passed away in April 2014, he was 93 years old. His wife, Janice Rooney, has since retained the services of an attorney to argue that she is entitled to some of the residual income from the use of Rooney’s name. Her attorney is using community property laws to make the case that Janice Rooney is entitled to some of the income created by the ongoing use of Mickey Rooney’s name , voice, likeness, personality, and image. In a sad turn of events, the person who is currently entitled to those payments, her biological son (and Mickey Rooney’s stepson), is the one denying her the income.

Mark Rooney and his wife, Charlene Rooney, maintain that the will created in 2014 named them as the beneficiaries of all the actor’s assets at the time of his passing. Rooney was in possession of Hollywood memorabilia and his estate continues to receive royalties from his movie career. According to Janice Rooney’s attorney, many of the community property assets from the estate have been used to pay the actor’s tax debts. Janice Rooney, age 77, is now trying to receive a portion of the ongoing income created by the use of Rooney image, as well as acting awards he received during his career.

Probate court and contested estates are typically complicated

There’s a reason that everyone involved with Mickey Rooney’s estate is being represented by an attorney. Probate court and contesting an estate are complex areas of law. Court proceedings for these cases may be drawn out for years, and heirs can often have very emotional responses to the outcome of the proceedings. Large estates being contested in court are often enough to damage or even destroy families . While no one wants to start an issue within one’s family, every heir from an estate should feel like the division of assets was fair, appropriate and in line with the wishes of the deceased.

If you have been named as an heir, or worse, omitted from inclusion in a will or estate, seeking legal help from an experienced probate litigation attorney is your best option. They can help you navigate the probate court process.

Preparing for a probate hearing

As if losing a loved one does not make life difficult enough, some people become even more upset due to legal issues related to the probate process. At the law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, we are well aware of the multitude of hurdles that people and entire families who are in this position often endure in Jamaica, and in other cities across New York. If you are facing these challenges, it is vital to do everything in your power to prepare for a probate hearing (and the entire process) appropriately.

When it comes to probate, every case is unique. Although these hearings can be stressful, it is essential to remain focused and make sure that you have carefully prepared. When things go smoothly, the case may move forward in a timely manner. Unfortunately, if you are unable to cover every base, or if someone has an objection, probate can become more complicated.

Whether you are a beneficiary or an executor, the end result of a probate case can have a significant impact on your life as well as your family members’ lives. Moreover, emotions often run high during these situations and it is very important to do what you can to avoid any disagreements and preventable problems. Unfortunately, disputes over a will are sometimes inevitable and you should remain committed under these circumstances.

If you head over to the section of our site that concentrates on probate, you can take a look at more information related to probate hearings .