Date  Title
May 2014 Spousal Rights in Estate Proceedings 
Our previous article dealt with the various ways in which property can transfer upon the death of a family member or loved one.  This article continues the discussion of estate issues.  Here, we review the rights which are specific to the spouse of a decedent when a decedent dies without a will, and also when a decedent dies with a will which excludes his or her spouse.  In addition, we discuss a surviving spouse’s rights to certain property belonging to the decedent regardless of whether or not the decedent died with a will. 
April 2014 Property Transfers Upon Death 
In estate planning or when dealing with the death of a loved one or family member, it is important to understand the various ways by which property can transfer upon death.  This article discusses this important topic, including matters such as: (a) when is court intervention necessary for property transfer upon death and when is court intervention not necessary; (b) what happens when an individual dies without a will; and (c) what is probate? 
July 2013 When a Loved One Dies—You May Not Be Able to Control the Burial
People frequently fail to leave clear instructions regarding how they wish their remains to be disposed of when they die.  This can lead to family members arguing over the right to control the disposition of the decedent’s remains.  Our July newsletter discusses the New York State law that provides a hierarchical list of persons who are empowered to make decisions regarding the “care, disposal, transportation, burial, cremation, or embalming of the body” of a deceased person.  Also, learn in this newsletter how appointing an individual to carry out your wishes can eliminate most problems associated with funeral arrangements and control of the disposition of one’s body. (Version GA02a)
February 2013  Executing Your Will – Failing to Sign a Will Properly Can Cause it Not to Be Followed  
A last will and testament is a simple and inexpensive way to make your wishes known when you can no longer do so personally, to ensure that your assets are used and according to your wishes.  There are strict requirements in New York State regarding what will be accepted by the Court as a valid will.  Our February, 2013 newsletter is filled with helpful, plain English definitions and explanations of terms and procedures related to executing a valid Last Will and Testament and valuable details of what does, and what does not, constitute a valid will. 

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