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The effort that goes into creating a trust

At our New York offices, the team at Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., believes that everyone should have access to effective estate planning tools. You could protect your loved ones after you pass, save more of the value of your estate and maintain the direction and purpose of your assets by creating the appropriate trust structure. We take pride in helping our clients obtain peace of mind, but the process often involves far more than simply drawing up a document for somebody to sign. 

Why parents of the disabled should consider special needs trusts

If you are a New York parent of a disabled or special needs child, your estate planning needs will likely differ considerably from those of your friends and colleagues. A special needs trust is one method many parents of special needs children use to make plans for the future, and at the law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, we have helped many clients with similar concerns consider this and related estate planning options.

Getting your affairs in order is critical

Many people in New York, do not except to be placed in a situation where their life may be cut short. Whether people are the recipient of a terminal medical diagnosis or are involved in catastrophic collision, they may find out that they do not have much longer to live. If this type of situation should occur, it may be best if people prepare their estate in such a way that their family members will have everything they need when they are gone.

What can you accomplish with an irrevocable living trust?

If you live in New York and are currently trying to determine the best way to preserve your wealth for your loved ones once you pass on, you may be considering establishing different forms of trusts as one method of doing so. While different types of trusts offer different benefits and drawbacks, you may be giving some thought to creating what is known as an irrevocable living trust, which many consider a solid, important estate planning strategy.

What are the primary advantages of trusts?

If you live in New York and are currently navigating your way through the estate planning process, you may be sorting through your options in an effort to determine the best way to preserve your wealth for future generations. Chances are, you may be exploring the idea of placing some of your assets into a trust, but you may not have much experience in the area or a comprehensive understanding of exactly what trusts can do.

3 ways to reduce estate tax

If you live in New York and have worked hard to leave a legacy behind to your loved ones, you may have concerns about just how much tax the government will assess on your estate. Every dollar the government takes from your estate is one that cannot go directly to your loved ones, so learning how to minimize estate taxes is an important component of the estate planning process. At the law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., we understand the ins and outs of estate planning, and we have helped many clients who wished to preserve as much of their wealth as possible for their loved ones.

What happens if I die without a will?

If you are a New York resident who has yet to make a last will and testament, you may wish to consider making one. Wills are not just for the wealthy. Regardless of your financial status, your will is the means by which you set forth your wishes as to who receives your property when you die.

Considerations in choosing an executor

If you, like many people across New York, are working on your estate plan, one of the many important decisions you may have to make involves who to name as your executor. The executor role involves a high level of trust and responsibility, so it is not a decision you should make without first devoting careful consideration to it. At the law offices of Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C., we recognize the critical nature of naming the right person as executor, and we have helped many clients navigate this and related estate planning matters.

Reasons to keep checking your beneficiary designations

Will the money in your retirement account actually go to your children as you intend? Unfortunately, not all New York residents can be sure. While you may list your children as your heirs in your will, you may have actually named someone else as the beneficiary on your retirement account or pension. As an article on the CNBC website points out, some people do not always update their designated beneficiaries, causing many would-be heirs to wage court battles to retrieve assets from a dead relative only to receive nothing for their pains.   

If I pass away, who would be the ideal guardians for my children?

Part of wise estate planning includes considering the uncomfortable but necessary scenario of who should raise your children if you and your spouse suddenly and unexpectedly pass away. Choosing the proper New York guardians can be agonizing, but it is necessary to ensure your children enjoy a fruitful and proper upbringing. You can make the process simpler by narrowing down the decision making process into a few key areas.