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Estate planning aims to achieve a number of objectives including, but not limited to, designation of guardians, incapacity planning, asset protection, asset distribution and wealth maximization.
A joint will is a will that two or more people make together, rather than each making their own will individually. In practice, a joint will is typically created and signed by a married couple in order to dispose of property that they own together.
There are various reasons why someone would want to revoke a will. Many, if not most, people make more than one will during their lifetime.
Executing a will is the act of signing a will and making it legally binding. New York law has strict requirements for executing a will. First, a person executing a will must be at least 18 years old.
A will leaves the estate to named persons and organizations. Through a will, the testator can make specific gifts, distribute percentages of the estate, and create trusts for management and future distribution of all or some of the assets of the estate.
Estate planning can be overwhelming for many people, in part, because good estate planning involves planning not just for foreseeable circumstances, but for unforeseeable ones as well.
People often have misconceptions about how assets pass after death. Some even believe that if they do not transfer property they own to their children, it will go to the state.
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