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My Relative’s Apartment was Sealed at Death. How can I Unseal it?

There are a number of circumstances where the police will seal an apartment after the death of a family member or close friend. The police will most often seal the apartment when the death is reported to them in order to preserve assets and evidence. You do not want...

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Probate – Letters of Administration C.T.A.

Jack died last week in Brooklyn, New York. His cousin, Maria, found his Last Will and Testament while searching for details about his cemetery plot. The Will left a portion of Jack’s estate to Maria and named Maria’s mother, Jennifer, as Jack’s executor. Jennifer had...

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Probate Will Tips For New York City

Are you looking for some practice points on submitting a Will for Probate? If so, here a few:  Read the Will. Make a list of the people or organizations who inherit under the Will. Write down their names and addresses. You will need their contact information for...

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Distributing per _______?

Ever look at a Will or Trust and see the words "per stirpes"? Ever been asked to prove your relationship to a decedent (more formally known as kinship) and be told that distributions are "by representation"? Ever see the word "per capita"?   What the heck does it...

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Do you have a living will?

At its core, the estate planning process helps people plan for unforeseeable life events. While we all know we won't live forever, there are many unknowns associated with how old we will live to be, our physical and mental health and our living situation. These types...

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