What a means test means

Many residents in New York have found themselves in tough financial spots over the last few years. If you are one of them, you may feel trapped and hopeless. That is the sad truth about money problems -- they can really put you through the ringer emotionally. Did you...

How to avoid inheritance disputes

Estate planning helps you to ensure your loved ones have everything they need after your death, but inheritance disputes can tie up assets for years and break families apart. To reduce the likelihood of such disputes, consider these tips while making end-of-life...

How does probate work in New York?

When someone dies in New York, his or her executor presents the will to the Surrogate's Court in the county where the person lived. In a process called probate, the court determines the validity of the will and supervises the administration of the deceased person's...

A look at small estates in New York

If you have a relatively modest estate, it is still important to set up an effective estate plan. Unfortunately, many people with modest estates fail to create estate plans, which often causes their loved ones to experience anxiety and uncertainty after their death....

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