Planning for the future can be difficult, if not impossible........ However, everyone should plan for the inevitable, and prepare legal documents to assist with the distribution of your assets and property to your family and friends upon your passing. In the absence of a Last Will & Testament, your property and assets could be caught up in court for years, and the distributions of your property delayed to your loved ones.
If you have ever thought about drafting a Last Will & Testament but have always put it off until 'tomorrow', now is your opportunity to prepare for the future, and have your assets distributed as you so choose.
Our office will help you draft a Last Will & Testament to your specific requests, including setting up a special needs trust for minor children and children with disabilities (with no tax implications to them). In addition to the drafting of your custom tailored Last Will & Testament, we will provide the drafting of other necessary and important legal documents: - A Living Will - a legal document that spells out medical treatments you would and would not want to be used to keep you alive, as well as addressing other health care decisions, such as pain management or organ donation. - Health Care Proxy - this legally appoints an agent to make healthcare decisions for you when you are incapable of making critical decisions on your own behalf. - A Durable Power of Attorney - provides legal authority for another person to act on your behalf or take care of your financial affairs when you are no longer able to make such decisions (due to incapacity or absence from the country). A power of attorney can be limited to specific situations (house sale, car purchase, etc.), or general to all situations.
We will help assist with specific requests and directives for any of the above documents to your own personal and family situation. In addition to an initial meeting to go over your assets, bequests, and property distributions, we will provide an execution ceremony with witnesses and original copies of all the documents for your files. A Last Will & Testament which is executed with an attorney present has the presumption of being properly executed and legally binding. In Re Tuccio, 38 A.D.3d 791 (2d Dept., 2007).
O'Connor Redd LLP has served the Westchester County area for over 20 years in various areas of legal practice, including civil litigation, insurance coverage matters, appeals, criminal and civil defense, guardianships, Workers' Compensation claims, personal injury matters, construction accidents, motor vehicle accidents, product liability cases, and wrongful death claims, among other matters we have represented our clients in the past. We have litigated matters all over New York State (including Upstate, Long Island, and the boroughs of New York City), New Jersey, and Connecticut.
Please feel free to contact us for a free consultation over the phone or in our office. Our job is to answer any questions you may have, and to explain the legal process and implication of such legal documents which will affect you and your family.
O'CONNOR REDD LLP PO Box 1000 242 King Street Port Chester, NY 10573