Inheritance Rights of Posthumously Conceived Children

Thanks to the advancement of technology, couples who are suffering through infertility now have a chance to get pregnant. The most widely known treatment is in vitro fertilization. Through this method, there is a chance for children to be born after one or both parents die. This presents a whole new set of legal ramifications, […]

Disinheriting Your Spouse

While it is more common to hear of people disinheriting their adult children, disinheriting a spouse is rare. That is because in the State of New York, you cannot disinherit your spouse. You cannot leave the surviving spouse with nothing nor can you leave the surviving spouse with a mere portion of your estate. Stating […]

Protecting Publicity Rights in Estate Planning

The use of the names, images, and likenesses of famous celebrities has value long after they die. Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, and Babe Ruth all come to mind. However, it is not just the famous, or infamous, that have publicity rights with value. In this tech savvy era, the public is more keenly […]

You May Need a Lawyer: New York Fiduciaries Can’t Represent Themselves in Surrogate’s Court

Estate executors and administrators are not allowed to represent themselves in New York’s Surrogate’s Courts. The general rule is that non-attorney individuals are permitted to represent their own interests in court – this is known as proceeding pro se. However, the rule only applies where you are representing your own interests and not that of […]

Understanding the Law: What Happens to Debts When You Die?

Everyone who creates an estate plan is considering what assets that they want to pass on to their heirs when they die. However, many do not consider what happens to your debts when you pass away. Whether or not your loved ones will be responsible for your debts depends on your estate and the types […]