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New York Trusts and Estates Attorney Helping You Plan

Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations
Whether you’re planning the parameters of your future medical care or establishing support for loved ones upon your death, Richard Cary Spivack can help with all aspects of trusts and estates issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Estate tax issues
  • Choosing the appropriate executor
  • Guardianships
  • Living wills
  • Living trusts
  • Wills drafting

Securing your legacy
You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort.  I thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament
A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death. A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires. I can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will
As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.

Probate
The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. I can ease the stress of probating the estate. I assist executors in all steps of the complex process of probating a will in New York probate court, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the New York probate court
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary

Probate disputes
The stress of a probate dispute can compound the pain of losing a loved one. When disputes arise, my composed courtroom demeanor can calm the emotionally charged process of challenging an invalid will or defending a valid will against erroneous claims made by unhappy beneficiaries. If you choose to preserve amiable family relationships, I can skillfully mediate disputes to
reach just, equitable resolutions with your loved ones. When necessary, I assertively defend your beneficiary rights within the New York probate court.

Contact an estate planning lawyer you can trust, Richard Cary Spivack

For estate planning services in Forest Hills and throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties, call Richard Cary Spivack at 718.544.1000 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Richard Cary Spivack is conveniently located in Forest Hills and serves clients throughout Brooklyn, Queens and western Long Island.