Experienced Attorney to Draft Your Last Will and Testament & Deal with the Probate
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your will provides you with the opportunity to distribute your property pursuant to your wishes, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is absolutely crucial if you intend to leave property to somebody other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend, or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, also, who cares for your children, and even what happens to your beloved pet — decisions that may not reflect your desires.
Attorney Leona Beane can draft a valid will that ensures your intentions are honored.
Guiding clients through the New York probate process
The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. I can ease the stress of probating your estate and guide executors and beneficiaries through the complex legal requirements of Surrogate’s Court. For executors, I provide comprehensive support from the filing of the will through marshaling of assets into the estate, management duties and final distribution. When assets or beneficiaries are hard to locate, I have the background and network to find them. Likewise, I have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, I can call upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. I can also consult with experts on unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectibles for accurate valuation, management and possible sale. If you are a beneficiary who believes that a will is inaccurate or being executed incorrectly, I can advocate for your rights. This can often be accomplished through informal, cost-effective mediation.
Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will several times throughout your life. I prepare valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation and types of assets, marital status, number of children, persons you are interested in providing for, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.
Guiding you through probate of loved ones’ estates
The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. I can ease the stress of probating your loved one’s estate and guide executors and beneficiaries through the complex process.
I assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating assets of an estate. I have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, I can call upon accountants, appraisers, financial advisors, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals in providing advice to the executor.
Even for seemingly straightforward estates, disputes between beneficiaries sometimes arise. I consider the best interest of the client. Many times these disputes can be mediated.
Contact a meticulous lawyer dealing with Wills and Probate.
For professional legal service in New York, call Leona Beane at 212-608-0919 or contact me online.