Speaking with Your Adult Children About Your Retirement
Post

Speaking with Your Adult Children About Your Retirement

  Seniors who have been looking forward to a change in lifestyle or a move upon retirement may want to think about how this change may impact their loved ones. A discussion about retirement may be uncomfortable for parents. Some do not discuss the details of their finances with their children while others share information...

Title Matters For Joint Tenants and Tenants-in-Common
Post

Title Matters For Joint Tenants and Tenants-in-Common

Do you know what type of account you opened when you and your spouse opened an account jointly? What about the account you own with your child? When was the last time you looked at your deed? Did you and your spouse buy your home before you were married? When was the last time you...

Guardianship ABCs
Post

Guardianship ABCs

A guardianship proceeding seeks a court determination as to whether an individual is incapable of handling their own financial and/or personal needs and, if not, to appoint a guardian to act on behalf of the individual. Such a proceeding is both costly and time-consuming.   You can expect a guardianship proceeding to cost thousands of...

Can I Refuse To Accept An Inheritance?
Post

Can I Refuse To Accept An Inheritance?

  Believe it or not, there are reasons why people occasionally ask about refusing an inheritance. Sometimes the inheritance is of property that is undesirable or it is an asset that is of no value or one that would be costly to maintain. There are individuals who, for religious or philosophical reasons, do not wish...

The Health Care Proxy and the Living Will
Post

The Health Care Proxy and the Living Will

It is not unusual for people to misunderstand the purpose and intent of a living will – not to be confused with a last will and testament. In fact, when we review estate planning documents with our clients before they execute them, we are often asked about the differences between health care proxies and living...

Estate Planning Lessons Learned From the Tragic Death of Anthony Bourdain
Post

Estate Planning Lessons Learned From the Tragic Death of Anthony Bourdain

Estate Planning Lessons Learned Once again, the death of a celebrity reminds us of the importance of thoughtful and comprehensive estate planning. Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality. His death by suicide was certainly tragic but, shortly after the event, the media reported that he and his wife...

Post

Guardianship- Different Strokes for Different Folks Article 81 Guardianship

Guardianship — Different Strokes for Different Folks Article 81 Guardianships In our last issue of “A Step Ahead,” we provided information regarding Article 17 and 17-A guardianships. In this issue, we will address the “other” New York guardianship proceeding, the Article 81 guardianship. First, it is important to remember that estate planning is not just...

Post

Guardianship- Different Strokes for Different Folks

Generally speaking, guardianship is a legal relationship, authorized by a Court, under which one person, the “guardian,” has the right and duty to care for another, the “ward,” and/or their property. In New York, there are three (3) different types of guardianship proceedings, each suited to a different set of circumstances. Article 17 of the...

Post

Understanding Home Care: A Guide

Our clients are frequently confused by the various types of services that fall under the general term “home care.” Generally, home care helps disabled adults and chronically ill or cognitively challenged seniors live independently for as long as possible, given the limits of their medical condition. It covers a wide range of services and is...