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...

Could a no-contest clause backfire?

The possibility of your heirs contesting your will may concern you. The monetary costs and emotional distress of a will contest is something you do not want for your surviving family members. You might think placing a no-contest clause in your will is the answer....

The pros and cons of aging in place

Long-term care planning may involve aging in place with home health services. Living at home may sound appealing, but being housebound has some disadvantages, as well. The New York State Department of Health provides information about various home care services that...

What does a health care agent do?

Whether you are an older adult preparing for end of life issues or the possibility of becoming incapacitated or you want to help a family member prepare for challenges that could arise later on, it is crucial to go over your options. In New York, the state's Health...

Is this a sign of nursing home neglect?

Hearing the many news stories focused on abuse or neglect at nursing facilities likely leaves you feeling concerned for your own loved one. Unfortunately, it is impossible to determine where or when neglect may occur. Noticing red flags can help you react quickly if...

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