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Category Archives for Estate Planning (Wills and Trusts), Probate/Estate Administration

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Aaron Carter’s Death Emphasizes the Importance of Having a Will

At the age of 34, Aaron Carter, musician and teenage heartthrob of the 1990s, has reportedly passed away without a Will. What does this mean for his loved ones and family members, including his brother, Backstreet Boy Nick Carter? He is survived by a fiancée, but not a surviving spouse. What inheritance rights, if any, […]

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The Smart Way to Appeal a Foolish Fair Hearing Decision

We’ve all read Fair Hearing Decisions and wondered whether the Administrative Law Judge and Commissioner’s Designee deciding the hearing actually knows the law. I recently had a decision come across my desk where the Department of Health concluded that the skilled nursing facility had no standing to file an application on behalf of a deceased […]

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Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Long Island Trust and Estate Attorney

1. What Do I Do After a Loved One Passes Away? After the death of a loved one, managing the seemingly countless number of tasks involved when you are the Executor or Administrator of the Estate can be overwhelming and challenging — to say the least. We help our clients and their families by breaking […]

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What is the Difference Between a Will and Living Will?

Legal terms and legal document names can often be confusing. You might think that a Will and a Living Will, both having “Will” in the name, would be similar, but they are quite different. Understanding the difference between them illustrates the importance of having a comprehensive set of estate planning documents in place. What is […]

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9 Questions to Ask an Estate Administration Attorney

Estate administration is the process of handling a deceased person’s affairs after they pass away. The tasks necessary vary widely and are typically handled by family members or other trusted persons with the assistance of an estate attorney. If your loved one had a comprehensive estate plan in place, the process is quicker and easier […]

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Spring Cleaning Checklist for your estate plan

A Spring Cleaning Checklist for Your Estate Plan

Spring is just around the corner. As you take time to refresh your home and garden, take the opportunity to look over your estate plan as well. Here is a checklist to help you review your estate planning documents. When Was the Last Time You Updated Your Estate Plan?  An estate plan should be periodically […]

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National Healthcare Decisions Day: Do You Have Advance Directives?

As published in the Long Island Press,, and A person with capacity can communicate their wishes to medical professionals regarding their health care decisions, but what happens if you are unable to do so? A Health Care Proxy and Living Will permit individuals to engage in advance medical care planning and are critical in the event of […]

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7 Reasons to Create an Estate Plan During the Holidays

For many, the holidays are an opportunity to spend time with friends and family and reflect on the past year. Here are seven reasons why the holiday season is the perfect time to work with an elder law attorney in New York to create your estate plan. 1. You Will Be With Your Loved Ones  […]

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The Difference Between Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys

As published in the Long Island Press, on and  Elder Law is a very specific field of law. Almost all Elder Law attorneys practice Estate Planning but most Estate Planning Attorneys DO NOT practice Elder Law. Elder Law and Estate Planning go hand-in-hand. Both are focused on planning ahead and maintaining decision-making and […]

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5 Types of Trusts in New York

A comprehensive estate plan allows you and your family to feel financially secure and confident. A trust is the most important document at the foundation of that plan. An asset protection plan allows a family to rest assured that not all assets will be spent down on the cost of long-term health care. A trust […]

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