Estates, Powers of Attorney and Health
Dibble & Miller, P.C. offers a highly experienced and
understanding staff dedicated to working through difficult times
with our clients.
The firm handles all matters involving wills,
trusts, estates, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Proxies.
Who will care for your children if you
Who will make medical decisions for you if
you are unable to do so?
Who will attend to your affairs if you are
Who will inherit your hard-earned money
and property when you die?
If you do not make these decisions, the
government may make them for you.
Our wills, trusts and estates department is ready to assist you in
addressing these important questions and attaining peace of mind at a
Our attorneys are also experienced in handling:
will contests (against wills signed under
duress, undue influence or fraud or against forged wills);
disputes over funeral rights;
power of attorney abuse (self dealing or
theft with a power of attorney); and
- mismanagement of estates (waste of assets or refusal to distribute
The firm is equipped to handle, and often prevent, these difficult
sad issues that may present themselves as a result of death. By way of
- The firm can assist with disputes, or anticipated disputes, over
emotional issues involving funeral arrangements. In this regard, there
can be disputes over who is permitted by law to make the funeral
For example, when a grandson lost his beloved grandmother, not only
did he have to cope with the grief of her passing, but also the legal
feud that ensued with another relative over the right of burial. This
other relative had taken control of the grandmother’s body, at an
undisclosed location, and arranged for the decedent's burial without
even consulting the grandson. This relative refused to compromise. An
attorney at the
firm secured a court order granting the grandson the right to bury his
grandmother with the respect she deserved.
- The firm can assist with the investigation of suspicious asset
transfers and initiate appropriate litigation or other actions. Sometimes an infirm
person's assets or his or her estate can
fall under the control of an untrustworthy person. Sometimes there is
For example, having just lost her 92 year old mother, her daughter,
who was our client, was shocked to learn that the decedent's life
savings had been cleaned out by greedy neighbors who had been
"assisting" the deceased with a power of attorney. Staff at the firm worked
through the night preparing legal papers for a court order freezing
funds held by the errant neighbors and summoning them to appear before a
New York State Supreme Court Justice. The neighbors ultimately
surrendered all of the money they improperly obtained due to the firm's
work, establishing that their self-dealing with the decedent's power of
attorney was illegal and that the purported change in beneficiary of a
bank account was ineffective under the laws applying to banks.
Prior Results Do Not
Guarantee A Similar Outcome