Experienced New York Wills & Estates Lawyer
Estate planning can be a difficult process to deal with and you need an attorney with the right experience to help you. The Law Office of Robert Dunne offers legal services in all aspects of estate planning. Mr. Dunne will work with you to achieve the most cost-effective and practical arrangement for the disposition of your estate.
Do you need to draft a Will? Call us today (212) 551-1750
Do you need to contest a Will?
There are many reasons to challenge the validity of a Will including:
- Allegations of incapacity, coercion, and fraud.
- Accusations of forgery or improper execution.
- The discovery of a later Will.
The New York Elective Share
If a decedent died without a will (intestate), a spouse usually has the right to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) and one-half of the residue of the estate. Even if there is a will disinheriting the spouse, a spouse can usually still override the will by claiming the "New York elective share." The elective share consists of the greater of fifty thousand dollars or one-third of the estate if the couple has children, or up to one-half of the estate if the couple has no children.
The law allows you to leave directives for your family in case you will not be able to make your own medical or financial decisions in the future. This can be accomplished by a correctly drafted healthcare proxy, living will and a financial power of attorney.
Whatever your situation, call attorney Robert Dunne at 212-551-1750 today to help you resolve your estate planning issues.