As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience I always advise my clients on the importance of setting up a NY estate plan.  Setting up that NY estate plan almost always begins with the drafting and execution of a NY attorney drafted will.  Whether they have a net worth of $100,000 dollars or

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience litigating NY estates one of the most frequent questions I get involves the issue of common law marriages and the NY estate law.  The issue being does New York State recognize common law marriages as valid?  I’d be lying if I said there was a

When our loved ones are no longer able to care for themselves we would like to think that those entrusted with their welfare are in fact living up to their obligations. Most importantly we expect those parties entrusted with our loved ones when they are most vulnerable to not take advantage of them. Or so we

As a NY estate lawyer with more than two decades of experience drafting and probating NY wills for families I have come across and reviewed thousands and thousands of NY wills.  Our office encounters all types of NY wills for probate from ancient wills, to out of state wills, to handwritten wills, to self-made wills, and

Believe it or not if you practice NY estate litigation long enough the issue of murder is bound to arise at some point in your practice.  While it is said there are two uncontroverted inevitabilities in life death and taxes, some take it upon themselves to hasten the former especially when they stand to inherit a

Inheritance rights of non-marital children under the NY estate law: Estate of Charles Rogers As a NY estate lawyer with over two decades of NY estate litigation experience, some of the most heartbreaking cases involve the inheritance rights of non-marital children.  Normally when someone dies without a NY will, also known as intestacy, the person’s NY


Why do I need a will in NY? As a NYC estate lawyer I am never surprised to learn of the passing of a celebrity who died without a will.  When we pass without a NYC will it is called intestacy.  Rather than our NY estates going through the streamlined probate process within the New

There answer is a resounding NO.  There is a long standing belief engrained within the NY estate law that one should not benefit from the estate of someone they killed.  In fact, there is an entire body of NY estate law called, “The Slayer Statute” discouraging individuals from murdering others for inheritance purposes.  This doctrine

As a NY estate lawyer with twenty years of experience probating the most complicated estates in New York I am amazed at the evolution of the estate law.  When I began practicing NY estate law two decades ago the Federal Estate Tax Exemptions, the amount of wealth you could pass to your heirs free of

As a NY estate lawyer with nearly twenty years of experience litigating complex estate cases I can tell you that where there is a will there is almost always a way.  In theory and in practice there is almost never any better way to protect your NY estate or your family’s financial future other than