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What makes a will valid in New York?

Because of the general importance of an estate plan and a will to an estate plan, it is essential that a will is valid and that the estate planner is familiar with the requirements for a will to be valid. As such, estate planners should ensure they are familiar with how to draft and properly execute a valid will.

Knowing when to update an estate plan

Knowing when to update an estate plan is important to avoid estate planning errors and problems. Updating an estate plan as life changes is as important as ensuring the estate planner has all the components that an effective estate plan should have in place. As a result, estate planners should be aware of when to update their estate plan and how New York estate planning can help.

What is a special needs trust?

Setting up a trust can be an important part of an effective estate plan. There are different types of trusts for estate planners to be familiar with which can help based on their unique situation and circumstances. One type of trust is a special needs trust for estate planners to ensure they understand and know when to utilize.

Trusts as part of asset protection in New York

Sometimes, people in New York and other states see that assets that were acquired and maintained through years of hard work end up in state coffers after the death of the owner of those assets. Oftentimes, that happens due to inadequate estate planning. As many people may already know, trusts can be a means of making sure that assets are protected.

Changes in your family life? Then change your estate plan too

An estate plan is not something that people should look at once and then tuck away for safe-keeping, only to be used after they pass away. An individual's estate plan should change just as their family does. It reflects their wishes and instructions for their family, after all.

Seeking guidance for probate and estate administration

A death in the family can be a terrible experience and it oftentimes takes a long time for the family to cope with the loss of the loved one. In addition to being a major emotional challenge, the death can also mean taking charge and making important decisions regarding the finances of the deceased. While it is true that probate and estate administration can be overwhelming for many people, a person cannot ignore the fact that tending to the financial matters are an important task that a family should not procrastinate about for long.

Important first steps to consider when estate planning

Over the years, most New York residents accumulate numerous assets, and they often want to make sure that those assets get passed on to future generations. Commonly, people utilize estate planning in order to protect their assets and dictate how their property should be distributed after their deaths. Creating an estate plan can start simply and expand to include a variety of important documents.

Special needs trusts can be an important part of estate planning

It is common for New York parents with children who have special needs to worry about their future care. It is unfortunate but true that parents will not be around forever, and it is understandable that they want to plan ahead to address the care their kids may need. Luckily, estate planning can help with the endeavor.

Estate planning can help New York residents with asset protection

Many New York residents want to protect their assets so that they may one day have the ability to pass them on to their loved ones. Of course, many unexpected events can happen in life that could easily put certain property at risk. Fortunately, individuals can utilize estate planning to work toward protecting their assets in various ways.

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