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Am I Entitled to a Fee for Being Appointed an Executor of a New York Will?

Executors of New York estates (and Administrators appointed when a person dies intestate, i.e. without a will) are entitled to receive a fee, called “commissions” to compensate them for their services provided to the estate. The law provides that commissions … Continue reading

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How Can I Obtain Title to My Deceased Spouse’s Car in New York?

Many people are aware that a married couple’s joint bank accounts and jointly owned real property passes by operation of law to the survivor upon a spouse’s death .  In such cases, it is often unnecessary to probate a will … Continue reading

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Do I need an attorney to prepare my New York will?

With the proliferation of computer software and websites promising to save you money by assisting you in preparing legal documents, naturally people wonder whether they need an attorney to prepare their last will and testament.  Since you’re reading my legal … Continue reading

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Queens Attorney George H. Dippel Discusses Wills and Probate on the Radio show Law You Should Know

My Blog readers are invited to listen to an exclusive preview of my guest appearances on the weekly radio program “Law You Should Know” hosted by Kenneth J. Landau, Esq on WHPC 90.3 FM, streaming on www.ncc.edu/whpc. The first segment … Continue reading

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Can I prevent someone I have disinherited from contesting my New York will by leaving them one dollar?

I have come across so many people who believe that you can prevent a will contest by leaving someone one dollar that I have to call this common misconception an Urban Myth.  In New York State, if you do not … Continue reading

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How do I change my New York Will?

Clients frequently inquire about changing their wills after significant events in their lives such as marriage, birth of a child or death of a beneficiary. A person can change their will as long as they possess “testamentary capacity,” a legal … Continue reading

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What happens to my assets when I die in New York?

This question from clients is often accompanied by the question, “Do I need a will?” In order to answer these questions it’s necessary to discuss the various ways you can plan how your property will be distributed when you pass … Continue reading

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I have been served with a Citation stating that a relative’s will is being offered for probate in New York. Do I have to appear in Court?

I often get calls from people who have just had a process server hand them a document called a “Citation” stating that a Last Will and Testament of a deceased relative will be offered for probate in the Surrogates Court … Continue reading

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How can I avoid probate of a will in New York?

In a recent post I mentioned that the probate of a will in New York may often be delayed if an heir is not provided for in the will. In such a case, the law allows the heir the opportunity … Continue reading

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My Spouse recently passed away. Do I need to change my deed? What if we owned a cooperative apartment? Must I change my stock certificate?

When married couples purchase real property in New York State, such as a one-family home or condominium unit, they own it as “tenants-by-the-entirety.” The law provides that when one spouse dies, the surviving spouse is, by operation of law, the … Continue reading

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