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.
Not every New Yorker has an estate plan that details how he or she wants property distributed after death. Similarly, not every family situation is a smooth one where even an intestate case is relatively easy to deal with where the state will simply follow the law in determining what the spouse and other heirs get and there is little dispute. One situation that can be confusing is if there is a surviving spouse, but the law requires that he or she be disqualified. To address this situation, it is important for the heirs to have legal assistance.
When a person creates an estate plan, there are laws that dictate how it will be handled after that person - the testator - has died. This is true regardless of the device that is used in the estate plan such as a will, a trust or anything else. The surviving spouse is an important part of the document. However, there are times when there is a dispute over the surviving spouse and if the classification as such remains in effect. Understanding the law as to when the person is no longer considered to be the surviving spouse is important to the probate process after death.
New Yorkers will undoubtedly have a great deal on their plate when a loved one dies. Between the emotional impact and the need to plan for a funeral, many will believe that legal issues should take a backseat. However, while grieving is unavoidable and a natural human response, it remains necessary to maintain vigilance and prepare for probate. Often, people will forget the importance of navigating the decedent's finances. This can lead to mistakes that can be costly. Having legal assistance with probate administration is essential.
Recent posts have discussed how the changes to the tax laws under the Trump Administration could affect people who are seeking to avoid the inheritance tax and make sure their wealth protection strategies stand the test of time. A concern for many has been whether the Internal Revenue Service will seek to get some of the lost taxes back when the changes expire in 2025. New information indicates that the IRS has no intention to do that and it could be important as to how people go about preparing their estate plans.
As New Yorkers prepare an estate plan to divide their assets after their death and loved ones of a person who recently died set about to move forward with estate administration, the inheritance tax (also known as the estate tax) is an unavoidable concern. Fortunately, for people who are estate planning, there are strategies to mitigate its impact. After the testator has died, those who have inherited the assets should be cognizant of what the new limits are based on changes implemented by the Trump Administration. As part of that, the Internal Revenue Service has released the estate tax and gift tax limits for 2019. As 2018 winds down, everyone should be aware of these and how they are affected by it.
Family situations in New York can come in many shapes and sizes. Most are not neat, simple cases in which there are parents and marital children. There are divorces, remarriages, children with different parents, stepchildren, adopted children and more. While this is often handled deftly by the families, it can be a complicated circumstance when a parent dies and their estate is set to be divided and distributed to heirs. Understanding how a non-marital child will be factored in when the inheritance and personal property of the parent is doled out is critical to avoid conflict.
In New York State, the death of a loved one can be a difficult time for the family members left behind. The executor of the will, the status of the heirs and how probate administration will be handled are all issues that must be asked even in a time of sorrow. One part of the process that might not be clear is how the decedent's domicile factors in with the estate proceeding. Knowing about decedent domicile is critical to a smooth process when settling the person's affairs after death.
The responsibilities of a fiduciary in New York should be taken seriously after a person's death. Estate administration has certain requirements based on the estate plan and the fiduciary plays a critical role. There are numerous terms that could be applicable, depending on the circumstances. Understanding these and the duties and responsibilities of the fiduciary can be complicated. A lawyer can be of assistance with estate administration.
In New York, when a person dies, it does not necessarily mean that the surviving spouse is automatically able to receive the proceeds of his or her estate. This is particularly important if the person died intestate. Not having an estate plan could lead to litigation among the heirs. Of course, it is advisable for everyone to formulate a comprehensive estate plan so there is no confusion at the time of death, but if there is not one, it is important to know when a spouse can be disqualified under state law.