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Monday, March 16, 2020

Getting Your Estate Plan in Order Before Retirement


Q: What planning should I do before I retire?

Ah, retirement. The golden years. The time to slow down, leave the long workdays behind, and finally reap the rewards of a lifetime of saving for the future. It’s finally time to focus on pursuing the things that interest you most. But before you head to the beach, the green, the airport, or the grandkids, you should check on the status of your estate plan.
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Saturday, February 29, 2020

Three Ways to Protect your Digital Assets


Digital assets, like other assets, have value. Protecting these assets is an important part of estate planning. Failing to include digital assets in your estate plan could result in court battles and expenses for your heirs. A Read more . . .


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Estate Planning for Single Parents in 2020: Special Considerations


Estate planning can be challenging for any parent. However, single parents have additional considerations because of their status as single parents. A New York estate planning attorney can help you develop an estate plan that protects your child if something should happen to you.
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Monday, February 24, 2020

The SECURE Act and Your Estate Plan


Q: How does The SECURE Act impact common estate planning practices?

A new law was signed in December 2019 that made significant changes in the rules regarding both individual and employer-sponsored retirement plans. When the calendar flipped on January 1, 2020, the SECURE Act—and its perks for retirement plans-- went into effect. But unfortunately, an often-used estate planning strategy was simultaneously taken away.
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Friday, February 21, 2020

Gathering Important Records for Estate Planning


Q: What information will my estate planning lawyer need?

New York and New Jersey estate planning attorneys know that one of the biggest reasons people put off having a comprehensive estate plan created is that they are afraid to face their own mortality. Nobody wants to talk about death, but having an estate plan is the best thing you can do for your family. Having everything organized and your legal affairs in order will make a devastating situation slightly easier on your loved ones than the chaos and additional expenses that will result if you die without doing so.
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Friday, January 24, 2020

Clicks to Bricks Boosts NYC Tenant Store Openings


Q: Is it a good time to rent retail store space in New York City?

New York and New Jersey real estate attorneys have noticed a recent boom in the opening of new brick and mortar stores throughout New York City.

What is driving the increase of new stores opening throughout New York City?

Lower rents for one thing. Multiple Read more . . .


Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Rough Road Ahead for Estate of The Cars Singer?


Q: What is the spouse’s Right of Election?

New York and New Jersey estate planning attorneys are watching with interest as details of the estate plan of Cars front man, Ric Ocasek, come to light.
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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Deciding on Buying a Home


Q: What should I know before buying a home?

New York and New Jersey real estate attorneys help clients purchase their first home, upgrade to a larger home, and downsize to something smaller. Often, their first contact with a prospective homebuyer happens after they have already found what they think is the home of their dreams and are ready to go into contract.

Sometimes,


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Friday, January 17, 2020

New Year, New Estate Plan


Q: How do I know if I need to update my estate plan?

As a new year-- and a new decade--recently began, many people made New Year’s resolutions to improve their lives. Quitting unhealthy habits like smoking, or adopting healthy habits like eating well and exercising are common resolutions--but they require a long-term commitment and real effort by the resolution-maker. Sometimes with frustrating or less than optimal results.

But


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Monday, December 23, 2019

Estate Creditors Should Not Delay in Making Claims


Q: How are creditors’ claims against estates handled?

When people think of estate planning, they often think about what assets they have and who they want to leave them to after they are gone.

Similarly, when beneficiaries think of


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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Buying Flood Prone Real Estate in New York City


Q: Is it safe to buy a home on the flood-prone coasts of the New York City area?

When most people think of buying real estate in New York City, they may think of the “concrete jungle” setting of Manhattan—high up in skyscrapers where it’s dry and the idea of your home being flooded in a hurricane doesn’t even cross one’s mind.

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