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Estate Planning Attorneys in Westchester County Helping Clients Protect Their Legacies

You’ve spent years accumulating your assets like your home, your investments, and your retirement accounts. When it comes to protecting those assets and planning for the future, creating an estate plan is essential. With the right estate plan in place, you can ensure that your assets are divided between your beneficiaries and that you get the medical care you need without draining your accounts.

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At the Law Offices of Patricia G. Micek PLLC, our team has over two decades of experience in estate planning and elder law. We believe all of our clients deserve compassionate guidance and legal advice. The future of your family and your legacy depends on your estate plan, so don’t leave it up to chance. Contact our law offices today by calling 914-533-1756.

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Why Choose Us?
Experience and Reliability
With decades of combined experience, our entire team has the legal background we need to advise you on all estate planning and elder law matters. Our happy clients can attest to the fact that we will not rest until you get the outcome you deserve.
Personalized Legal Strategies
All estate planning issues are different, which is why our legal strategies are, too. Before working with you, we will get to know your financial situation and your goals for the future. Once we understand your primary motivations, we will create a comprehensive legal strategy to get you results.
Compassionate Representation
Our attorneys have first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to care for aging family members. We understand that family dynamics can change over time, and we are committed to being there for you as long as you need us. We will genuinely get to know you and your family before providing legal guidance.
Consistent Communication
Legal issues can take weeks, months, or even years to resolve. We pride ourselves on staying in communication with all of our clients and answering any questions they may have. While other firms may not reach out, we never want you to feel alone.
Preparation Mindset
When it comes to legal matters, aging can bring up many issues that weren’t there before. Our firm believes in preparing for issues ahead of time rather than letting them surprise clients at a later date. We will work with you to prepare yourself and your loved ones for what’s to come.
Advice on Your Timeline
We understand that not everyone is on the same legal timeline. Our firm is here to answer your questions if you’re simply examining your legal options, and we’re also here to represent you if you need legal guidance immediately. Whatever your legal needs are, we are confident that we can help.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is My Estate?

Your estate is any and all property you own at the time of your death. After you pass away, your estate is distributed to beneficiaries or heirs using the instructions you left in a will or trust. If you pass away without a will, the state decides who your estate goes to. Your estate can contain real property, like real estate, houses, and investment properties, as well as personal property, including bank accounts, vehicles, securities, and jewelry. Estate planning allows you to determine which of your assets go to which beneficiaries.

What Happens if You Die Without a Will?

Dying without a will is referred to as “dying intestate.” If you die without a will, the state will take over your estate and assign a personal representative to divide your assets. In most cases, your estate will be split between your surviving spouse and any children you have. If you do not have a surviving spouse or children, your estate will be given to your next closest relative, like your parent or grandchild. The state will keep searching for relatives if those relatives cannot be found. If no relatives are found, the state will take your estate assets.

Can I Create a Will Without a Lawyer?

Although you can technically create a will on your own without a legal team, it is not recommended. Wills have strict regulations and requirements to be considered legally valid. If you create a will on your own that is not legally valid, it could be contested in probate court. The probate process is the process in which the court examines the will to determine its validity. Lengthy delays in probate court could lead to your family members not receiving their rightful assets in a timely manner.

What Do I Do After a Family Member Passes Away?

Experiencing the loss of a loved one is always challenging. Your emotions may be running high, and you may be making funeral arrangements and contacting other family members. One of the first things to do after a family member passes away is to obtain a legal pronouncement of death from a doctor or medical professional. Next, you can notify the deceased person’s physician and the county coroner. You can also inform your close friends and family. If the individual has a life insurance policy, contact their carrier before arranging supervision for any children or pets in the home.

What is a Living Will?

When most people think of a will, they think of a last will and testament. A living will is a different document that notes your medical wishes if you are unable to communicate them. Living wills are often used after an individual gets into a severe accident or falls gravely ill. In a living will, you can note specific medical treatments that you consent to or do not wish to consent to. You can also create another document, called a healthcare proxy, to assign an individual the authority to make medical decisions on your behalf.

What is Probate?

Probate is the process that courts use to examine and enforce a will after someone dies. When an individual passes away, the executor named in their will must file papers with the court informing them that the individual has died. Then, the executor must provide proof of the validity of the will. The court will examine the document to ensure it is legally valid and also examine the assets in the deceased person’s estate. The court will also examine any beneficiaries named in the will. Probate can take up to a year to complete, especially if the estate is large or complex.

What is a Trust?

A trust is a document that places assets into an account outside of your estate. The assets in that account will continue to provide you benefits while you are alive. After you pass away, those assets will be distributed to named beneficiaries in the trust documents. A third party, also called a trustee, will be assigned to manage the assets in a trust and distribute them after death. A trust is different from a will, as a trust does not go into probate. Many individuals use trusts to lower their tax liability while also avoiding probate.

What is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document that grants an individual the right to act on an individual’s behalf in the event of incapacitation. The grantor, or the person who assigns power of attorney, can give an individual the authority to make financial decisions, medical decisions, or both. Your power of attorney can make business decisions, pay medical bills, and liquidate assets to pay for your family’s essential needs if you are incapacitated. You can revoke or change a power of attorney anytime if your needs change.

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