New York City Will Attorneys
Although not so pleasant to think about, the Last Will and Testament may be one of the most important documents that you can create in your lifetime. If you die without a will, for example, the assets, estate, and other matters are thereafter governed by New York State law. In this case, the state determines how your assets and handled and distributed, which leaves a substantial potential for family disputes and probate hearings. By using a will, on the other hand, you can legally determine who gets what and when. If you are preparing your will, a New York City will attorney can help ensure its thoroughness while making sure that all of your wishes are drafted both accurately and within New York State law.
For legal counsel and oversight on preparing your will effectively, Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier boasts decades of experience helping thousands of individuals throughout New York City and the surrounding areas. Create a strong will by contacting the estate planning attorneys at Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier today.
What You Can Do With a New York Will
In accordance with New York State law, your last will and testament provides comprehensive governance over your assets, as well as other matters. For example, with a will you can:
- Leave your property to people and/or organizations
- Name a trusted guardian to act as a legal guardian over minor children
- Name a trusted person to manage the property that you leave to minor children
- Name an executor of your estate, who will make sure that your terms are carried out.
Although in New York you do not need your will to be notarized to make it legal, you will need to sign your will in front of two witnesses. The witnesses must also sign the will. However, if you wish your will to be “self-proving” (which is a sworn statement attached to the will validating its authenticity), you will need to have it notarized.
Contact Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier For Your Will
A last will and testament is not a pleasant thing to consider, but its importance cannot be understated. In addition to dying without a will, constructing a fairly loose will with unclear directions can create the possibility of a family member contesting the will and its contents. As such, an experienced will attorney can help strengthen the content of your will so that it accurately represents your wishes while minimizing the risk of dispute. To take advantage of New York City’s leading will attorneys, contact Hoffmaier & Hoffmaier at 212-777-9400 to help prepare your will.