Kingston Wills Attorneys
Every estate plan should have a will. While estate plans often include living trusts, advance directives and other instruments, the will is a foundational document that addresses a number of important issues. The Kingston estate planning attorneys at Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP create simple or complex wills according to your needs, ensuring that your will is properly drafted to avoid will contests in probate.
Why You Need a Will
Without a will, the state decides who gets your property after you die. It doesn’t matter what you may have told your spouse, children or anyone else about your wishes regarding your property; if you don’t have a will, your property may not go where you had wanted it to. A properly drafted and executed will, however, is a legal document enforceable in court that provides a means to make sure your property goes where you want it to, whether to family, friends, or charities. A will can be used to distribute property generally to classes of people like your children or grandchildren, or to make specific gifts of property such as jewelry to specific persons. In a will, you craft the legacy you wish to leave to posterity and future generations.
In a will, you can also appoint a guardian for your minor children if necessary. By deciding this important matter in your will, you can take the time to think about it and make the best choice, and make sure that person is comfortable serving as a guardian. Without a will, the Surrogate’s Court would have to hold a proceeding to impose a guardianship, and the selection may not be someone you would have wanted to care for your children.
You can also use a will to name the executor for your estate, ensuring that someone you know and trust will take on the task of seeing your will through probate and administering your estate according to your wishes.
Even if you are using trusts to distribute your property, a will can make sure that nothing gets missed and that all property is included in your preferred trusts and distributed accordingly.
How Our Estate Planning Attorneys can Help
The New York Requirements for wills are very specific about who can make a will and what formalities must be followed in order to make sure the will is valid and enforceable. Our estate planning attorneys have decades of experience crafting wills that meet all legal requirements to stand up in probate court and to accomplish your desires for your estate. One of the greatest benefits of estate planning is the peace of mind it brings knowing that your family will be taken care of after you are gone. Trust our firm to provide you with that security by expertly drafting a will that meets your needs and desires.
Experienced and Dedicated Attorneys for Will Drafting in the Hudson Valley
To speak with an experienced New York estate planning attorney about creating, modifying or revoking and replacing a will, contact Rusk, Wadlin, Heppner & Martuscello, LLP at our offices in Kingston and Marlboro. We serve clients in Ulster County and throughout the mid-Hudson Valley.