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Can I file an estate proceeding after a person's death?

In New York, there are many questions that heirs will have after the death of a loved one. Estate and probate can be complicated and confusing and it is even more difficult if there was no will. A person who died intestate might have done so because they did not believe they had significant assets to warrant a will or other estate planning device. They could have been younger and been the victim of an untimely death before realizing that a will was needed. The family members left behind will frequently wonder about filing for estate administration. To understand this, having legal advice is critical.

Can you revoke a will?

A well-drafted estate plan should represent your wishes at the time you and your lawyer executed it. However, life can throw a lot of changes at you, and you may find that after a few years your plan no longer reflects your wishes.

Key considerations for estate administrators

Estate administrators are tasked with substantial, time-consuming and potentially contested responsibilities following the death of a loved one. While you may feel honored to take on the responsibility at the request of a family member or friend, the legal process to follow can be complex and arduous.

An estate plan for artwork and other collectibles can be complex

New York State can be a hotbed for the art scene with many people collecting valuable items. Collectibles are not limited to artwork, however. Anything can rise in value based on its popularity and historic significance. That includes sports collectibles, coins, stamps, antiques and more. When drafting estate planning documents, it is imperative for the testator to be cognizant of these properties and to prepare accordingly. As with any asset and an estate plan, having legal guidance is crucial.

Court battle looms over late musician's trust

For New Yorkers who are well-known and wealthy, it is important to keep track of how estate plans can spark a legal dispute among heirs if the document is not crafted properly. Prominent entertainers bring joy to their fans and earn large sums of money for their efforts. After they have died, it is not uncommon for their relatives to disagree about how their legacy will be handled. Unfortunately, this is frequently related to money. When a family member is trying to address a disagreement about a will or a trust, having legal advice from a law firm that is experienced in estate lawsuits and negotiations is vital.

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    --Robert and Christine Simonson, Fairport
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    — Christine and Robert Simonson, Fairport
  • I have been working with Weinstein & Randisi for about two years now. Elizabeth Randisi, through a very thorough process, has helped my wife and me determine what is really important in our lives. Thus, we were able to draft a living will that reflected our most important values regarding our estate.

    --David and Ajia Cherry, Fairport
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  • Filing for Medicaid is never an easy or fun process. However, working with the Weinstein & Randisi firm made the process simple and streamlined. We were able to obtain all files and records regarding Medicaid enrollment within a few days using specially prepared checklists and verbiage recommended by our assigned paralegal.

    --Ajia and David Cherry, Fairport
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