National Senior Health & Fitness Day Fair – 2014

National Senior Health & Fitness Day is being celebrated at a completely free fair on Wednesday, May 28, 2014 from 11AM to 2 PM at the Akron-Newstead Senior Center, 5691 Cummings Road, Akron, NY. The goal of this health and fitness day is to promote the importance of regular physical activity and to improve the…

Can An Unrecorded New York Deed As A Gift From A Mother To A Child Be Declared Null And Void?

Yes, in a recent case plaintiffs sued their brother for fraudulently diverting their late mother’s New York home to himself. While the mother was recovering from a stroke in 2003, he obtained her signature on a power of attorney and a deed. However, the son testified that he was not ready to own the premises…

Who Controls My Remains In New York After My Death? How Do I Appoint Someone I Want To Do That?

Many people say that they don’t care what happens to their body upon death. However, for many surviving family members, whether their loved one is buried or cremated and where the remains or ashes go can be a hotly contested issue. Often, people will put their wishes regarding burial or cremation in their Wills. However,…

Who Qualifies As A Special Needs Individual In New York For Guardianships?

When a person turns 18 in New York, he or she gains the legal rights of adulthood, including the right to decide where to live, the right to enter into contracts, the right to decide about medical treatment, and more. However, people with serious mental disabilities or those who are developmentally disabled typically need assistance…

Why Do I Need To Do A Pour-Over Will If I Do A Living Trust In New York?

Why do I need to do a Pour-Over Will if I do a Living Trust in New York? Your estate planning attorney may have recommended that you do a revocable living trust as the key document in your estate plan, rather than a Will. A revocable living trust, if done correctly, will allow your estate…

My Father Just Got Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s Disease in New York – Should I Seek Guardianship Immediately?

When a loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia in New York, often family members believe they should become appointed guardian over that individual immediately. They may be unsure about the best way to plan for the eventual incapacity of the individual. They will want to do everything as quickly as possible to make…

I Have Been Named As Executor For An Estate In New York, But Live Out Of State. What Should I Do?

Under New York law, a non-New York resident is allowed to be an Executor, Trustee, or Administrator of a New York trust or estate. If you are not in New York and have been named as Executor, you may feel overwhelmed and may be unsure of what to do. Fortunately, most of the correspondence and…

What Can I Do If I Believe A Will In New York Was Forged?

If a Will in New York was properly executed in the presence of an attorney, it’s presumed to be valid. If the Will was signed correctly in front of witnesses, but the signature was forged, the heirs of the decedent may have grounds to challenge the Will. The signature on the Will may not have…