Proving Kinship After a Loved One Passes

When a loved one passes away without leaving a will or an established estate plan, determining who inherits the estate is a tricky matter, especially in New York. In cases where the decedent has no direct heirs—such as a spouse, children, or parents—more distant relatives like aunts, uncles, and cousins may step forward. However, their eligibility to inherit depends on their ability to conclusively prove their Read More

7 Proactive Legal Planning Strategies for Avoiding Litigation

Avoiding litigation in legal matters is often more about proactive planning than reacting to disputes as they arise. In New York, where the legal environment can be as dynamic as the city itself, individuals and businesses face numerous legal challenges in everything from probate disputes to divorce. However, with the right strategies in place, many of these challenges can be managed effectively without resorting to Read More

Understanding Matrimonial Agreements: Prenuptial vs. Postnuptial

When a couple decides to marry, one subject that continues to remain taboo is the topic of a prenuptial agreement. Due to media and societal pressures, these agreements often have negative connotations, but they actually serve as important legal documents that can preserve marriages and create open dialogues. Matrimonial agreements, including prenuptial and postnuptial contracts, are crucial legal instruments for Read More

The Challenges of Estate Litigation

Estate matters can often be complex and emotionally charged, with a wide range of issues to consider. It's not just about assets, properties, or wills—it's about legacies, relationships, and often, deeply rooted emotions. With potential disputes lurking around every corner, from contested wills to disagreements over asset distribution, it's a delicate and daunting journey. Having a comprehensive understanding of Read More

5 Common Myths About Guardianship

When families consider guardianship for a loved one, it’s not taken lightly. It’s a legal process that involves appointing a guardian to make decisions on behalf of an individual who isn’t able to care for themselves or make decisions independently. The purpose is to protect the best interest of the incapacitated individual–which can be attributed to age, disability, or cognitive impairment. There are a lot of Read More

Addressing The Incapacity of Loved Ones

When loved ones appear to be losing their ability to care for themselves, many families face the question: “How do I care for my loved one while preserving their sense of independence and dignity?” It’s not an easy question to answer and a challenging task to accomplish. Understanding the ways New York ensures the welfare and care of individuals who are unable to make autonomous decisions can help you and your family Read More

Student Loans and Estate Planning

A 17-year-old can’t legally be trusted to make a life-long decision like getting a tattoo, but they can take out tens of thousands of dollars in debt to go to school. Young adults are faced with a huge decision when they near the end of their high school career, and not even their parents are fully aware of the implications of this amount of debt. Going to college is an amazing opportunity that shouldn’t be Read More

Considerations For Parents of Adults with Special Needs

Every child brings a special light into the lives of their family, so it stands to reason that their needs would be equally unique. It might be hard to think about, but someday, our children will have to live without us. And although our children will always need us, some will need us more than others. One of the biggest questions for families with special needs children is: “Who will care for my child when I’m Read More

What Happens During a Real Estate Dispute?

New York is a fabulous place to work and live, which is why it has consistently been one of the most competitive real estate markets in the world. An unfortunate side-effect is that real estate disputes are fairly common. Disputes can arise for a variety of reasons, from disagreements regarding the true property owner, and of course, breaches of contract. Litigation can last for years, but staying knowledgeable can Read More

What Is Probate Law?

Probate law is a complex legal system that governs the process of settling a deceased person's estate. It can be confusing and overwhelming, especially for those who have never dealt with it before. If you're a beginner looking for guidance on what probate law is all about, you're in the right place. Read More