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August 2018 Archives

No estate plan left by Aretha Franklin

New York fans of singer Aretha Franklin might not know that she died without leaving a will or any kind of estate plan. She had four sons, and they have filed as interested parties. Her niece has filed a request to be named executor of the estate.

Should your parents have living wills?

Over the years, one or both of your New York parents may have indicated to you what they want and do not want when it comes to end-of-life medical care. Maybe their respective wishes coincide, but maybe each of them has different preferences. In addition, not only has medical technology changed in the past several decades, but palliative and hospice care also have become available. Consequently, the end-of-life care either of your parents said they wanted when they were younger may not be what they want now.

Learning the basics of estate planning

As people in New York consider retirement and their futures, they may also begin to think about estate planning. Over 70 percent of Americans do not have an updated will or other estate documents, including a number of people who are reaching retirement age. These documents can help provide peace of mind to the people who create them as well as make the practical aspects of death much easier for family members and other loved ones.

How to account for digital assets in an estate plan

Since there are now many new types of assets available to New Yorkers, it's important to know how to account for them in an estate plan. For instance, those who have digital coins will need to find a way to grant access to executors and other designated parties. Currently, 42 states have laws allowing digital assets to be managed in a similar fashion to physical assets.

Estate plan best practices for any political climate

New York residents may know that changes to the tax code could have an impact on an estate plan. However, there are steps that individuals should take to protect their wealth regardless of whether or not there are any significant changes on the horizon. For example, it can be a good idea to review a plan regularly to check whether beneficiary designations or terms of a trust need to be changed.