Wills and Probate
Why You Should Have a Will
- By creating a Will, you can maintain control over how your assets will be distributed upon your death.
- Should you not execute a will, you will have no say in the eventual disposition of your assets. In fact your assets may be paid to the state if none of your heirs are found.
- Without a will your assets will pass according to New York State intestacy laws.
- Intestacy laws generally require that upon your death your assets will pass to your closest living relatives in equal shares according to their degree of kinship.
Benefits of Having a Will
- A will allows you to control how your assets are distributed upon your death.
- A will permits the testator (the person creating the will) to select the fiduciaries - executors, trustees, guardians of any minor children upon the death of a surviving parent.
- If the testator wishes to make a special provision for a beneficiary who is disabled or under the age of majority, a trust can be created within the will.
- Wills allow for tax planning for married couples, resulting in significant tax savings.