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Single New Yorkers need a well-crafted estate plan too

For single residents of New York, drafting estate planning documents might not be high on their list of priorities. While they might feel justified in avoiding the subject of the inevitability of the end of life and what will happen to their possessions, it is still a mistake for a variety of reasons. Even single people who do not have dependents should think about an estate plan. There are certain key aspects to an estate plan that anyone - not just those who are married, have a family or have significant assets - should understand before taking that vital step of creating the document.

Changes in life require changes to an estate plan

New York residents who believe they have fulfilled the need to have an estate plan and simply leave the document as is without changing it are often making a mistake. With the inevitable changes in life, there are times that an estate plan is no longer as current and applicable to the circumstances as it was when drafting estate planning documents. Therefore, it is wise to think about life changes and act accordingly by updating an estate plan. Knowing when to do so is key.

Legal help with advanced medical directives in an estate plan

When New Yorkers are preparing for the future by creating strategies for an estate plan, there are certain aspects of it that can be difficult. While it is known that everyone's life is finite and the end is unavoidable, it can be difficult to think about a time when end of life planning is needed. However, those who have strong feelings on end of life care must make certain their estate plan addresses their wishes for such a time. In these cases, an advanced medical directive is important. To understand how to craft the document properly, legal advice is a must.

How a revocable trust can be useful as part of an estate plan

When New Yorkers are thinking about setting up their estate plan, nearly everyone understands what a will is. Creating a will is relatively easy, regardless of the person's financial and personal situation. However, not all situations are simple and more complex situations will need more thought into the kind of estate plan that is needed. This is where a trust can be useful. Understanding when and why a trust is beneficial can help the decision-making process immensely.

Everyone needs a basic estate plan, regardless of age and health

For many New Yorkers, estate planning is not something they actively think about. It is an unfortunate reality that life is fleeting, and people can suddenly find themselves in need of these vital documents. Estate planning can ensure their assets are allocated as they wish, their family is protected, and other common issues are addressed. With the recent news stories of wealthy people who died without estate planning documents, it is imperative to be prepared for the future. Knowing the basics is fundamental.

Lack of estate planning is common for those 55 and above

New Yorkers who have a well-crafted estate plan are taking necessary steps to prepare for the future. While this is a relatively obvious need, many ignore it. Surprisingly, a significant portion of those who fail to create even a basic estate plan are people 55 and older. Having strategies for the long-term is critical and legal help is vital to accomplish this.

Gifting at the right time can avoid tax implications

New Yorkers who are seeking to shield their assets as efficiently as possible yet still want to be generous with their loved ones should think beyond the simplest aspects of drafting estate planning documents. Understanding the available loopholes to perform certain acts of giving are wise strategies to avoid tax implications while providing loved ones with items the person wants them to have. For example, the beginning of the year is generally viewed as the optimal time to give estate planning gifts. To understand the law fully and be protected, it is always wise to have legal assistance.

Keeping track of an estate plan when getting remarried

Remarriages and blended families are not uncommon in New York. With that comes certain issues that, if left unattended, can cause family disputes with rancor and the potential legal ramifications. Those who have gotten remarried, and have children from the previous marriage, will want to take steps to shield their children and avoid missteps that can cause negative consequences.

After divorce, understanding how to adjust an estate plan is key

When New Yorkers create an estate plan, those who are married will inevitably include their spouse as a key part of it. This can be as the predominant heir and perhaps the executor of the estate. However, after drafting estate planning documents, some marriages will come apart and the couple will divorce. This can impact the estate plan in myriad ways. After a divorce, there are important considerations that must be factored in given the new circumstances.

An estate plan is not just for older, married people

There are certain aspects of life that New Yorkers will prioritize based on their age and current life situation. For example, a person with a family who is established in his or her career will likely place a greater emphasis on having all the essentials in place. That includes health insurance, a stable home, a stable job and an estate plan. For younger people - especially millennials - these might take a backseat toward becoming established and enjoying life with a freewheeling attitude. However, the failure to take the necessary steps in drafting estate planning documents is something these individuals regret every day. For millennials, understanding what documents are important and why is key to having a viable estate plan.

  • I wanted to write to say how pleased my wife and I were at your professional handling of our estate planning and preparation of new wills. We were put at ease by your visit to our home for an interview and were pleased that you listened to us and captured the things that we felt were important.

    --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
  • I would like to give a testimony for Elizabeth Randisi, an estate attorney with Weinstein & Randisi. Her knowledge of wills and estate planning was clearly demonstrated in her presentation to us. Realizing our need for a will, my husband and I went to see Elizabeth.

    --Kathy and Gary Gray, Webster
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    --Ajia and David Cherry, Fairport
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  • March 21, 2019

    Single New Yorkers need a well-crafted estate plan too

    For single residents of New York, drafting estate planning documents might not be high on their list of priorities. While they might feel justified in avoiding the subject of the inevitability of the end of life and what will...


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  • March 15, 2019

    Changes in life require changes to an estate plan

    New York residents who believe they have fulfilled the need to have an estate plan and simply leave the document as is without changing it are often making a mistake. With the inevitable changes in life, there are times...


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  • March 13, 2019

    Estate planning steps parents should consider after divorce

    There are several estate planning changes you should consider after divorce whether you are a parent or not. These considerations can include updating your health care proxy, financial power of attorney, will, trust and beneficiary designations. The people you select...


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