• Questions for a Probate Attorney: How Does the New York Probate Process Work?

    The New York probate process will vary, depending on whether the deceased had a will or trust or had no such documents expressing their last wishes. After someone dies, their assets, property, and other belongings, which are called their estate, have to be distributed to surviving loved ones, called heirs. In addition, any outstanding debts… Read More

  • Contesting a Will in New York State

    If you believe a will isn’t valid, you may be able to contest it. This means challenging it after it’s submitted to the court for approval. It’s important to know that a person can set up their will in any way they see fit, even disinheriting their relatives if they wish. A will is presumed… Read More

  • What Does Administering a Trust Involve?

    Part of estate planning requires you to decide if you want a will, a trust, or both. Some people choose to have a will for specific items and a trust for others. There are benefits of having a trust in place beside or in addition to a will. To help you learn more about administering… Read More

  • Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce Procedures

    Going through a divorce is seldom a pain-free experience, but married couples in New York State who are seeking to dissolve their union have access to multiple options, which increases the chances of finding the type of arrangement that suits the preferences of both parties. For many, divorce brings up images of acrimony and tense… Read More

  • For What Reasons Do I Need a Probate Attorney in New York?

    In New York, when a loved one dies, their estate, including all bank accounts, investments, assets, and real estate must go through the New York probate process. This process will occur whether the loved one left a will or died without one. Sometimes the probate process is still needed if a trust was not properly… Read More

  • Child Support by Agreement

    When a couple with children is in general agreement on custody and child support, the best family law advice may be to document that agreement and ensure it meets the basic requirements to be approved by the child support court. In New York State, there are two ways to complete that process. We will review… Read More

  • Child Support by Court Order

    Because New York family law states that a child should be supported by both parents, child support can be ordered by the court. If your children are going without support from an estranged parent, or if you have received notice of child support claims against you, engaging a child support attorney can provide guidance in… Read More

  • Planning a Destination Wedding? How to Make Sure Your Marriage Is Legal in the U.S.

    It’s not hard to see why destination weddings are so popular. Getting married abroad is romantic and adventurous. It’s a chance to live out your wedding fantasy—whether it’s getting married like royalty in a medieval castle or barefoot on a white sand beach. A destination wedding is a vacation and a wedding rolled into one,… Read More

  • The Pros and Cons of Prenuptial Agreements

    Marriage is a declaration of love and commitment to your partner, but it’s also a legal agreement. When you get married, you have certain responsibilities to your spouse. New York is an “equitable distribution state.” That means marital property must be divided equitably and fairly when a couple divorces—but it doesn’t necessarily mean assets will… Read More

  • Divorce and Business Ownership

    Like a house or a car, in the event of a divorce, a business is viewed as an asset. Going through a divorce while owning a business can be a messy situation, but there are New York laws that are aimed to protect the business owner while also being fair to the spouse. If you’re… Read More