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Digital assets can be included in wills

When someone in New York passes away with no will, the state will determine how the person's assets will be distributed. However, the majority of courts have not created rules regarding the distribution of digital assets, including social network accounts and/or email accounts. For this reason, addressing these types of assets in wills is an important part of the estate planning process.

Wills important for passing down family businesses, properties

Passing down an important asset, such as a property or business, can be an emotional and complicated journey. For this reason, many families try to steer clear of discussions about wills. However, estate planning is still an important topic to address as part of future financial planning in New York.

Wills, trusts important for young adults, too

When it comes to estate planning, the inclination of many younger couples is to think that it is pertinent only for older parties. However, young families who have children as well as mortgage payments are most likely prepared the least for the unanticipated death of a breadwinner or parent. Creating wills or trusts is therefore critical for adults of all ages in New York.

Probate important topic to consider when drafting wills

Estate planning is an unspoken topic in many New York households, probably because few people like to think about death. However, planning for death is just as important as planning for life, including retirement and concerns about health care. Probate is one area of estate planning that requires careful consideration when making wills.

Wills important part of estate plans, among other items

In estate planning, the goal of the owner of assets is to ensure that all assets end up in the intended hands. These could be the hands of loved ones or a charity, for example. And the assets may include everything from money to real estate in New York. Wills are an important component of estate plans, although an estate planning checklist includes many other important items.

Wills an important component of estate plans

Many residents of New York recognize the importance of planning ahead in their lives -- for instance, planning ahead for retirement. However, being prepared for disability or death, which can happen at any time, is often ignored. A couple of tips may help with putting together estate plans, including wills, that meet the needs of those who create them.

DIY wills can be risky

Estate planning is a topic that is often avoided in New York, since talking about the possibility of death is oftentimes uncomfortable. Among those who do realize the importance of putting together wills, they may be tempted to try to draft these legal documents themselves. However, creating a will with an online DIY form can be risky.

Wills offer multiple benefits

It is natural to think about how various assets will ideally be distributed to ministry organizations and loved ones in the future. However, a common misconception is that addressing these matters in wills is necessary only for the super wealthy. In reality, estate planning is an important process for everyone in the state of New York.

Wills can address ongoing care for pets

The focus of traditional estate planning is typically on creating a plan for distributing to loved ones such as children upon one's death. Family pets are often neglected in the process. However, more and more New York pet owners are making provisions in their wills for the ongoing care of their beloved animals.

It is possible to prevent wills from being contested

The creation of an estate plan is essential for protecting assets after the owner of those assets passes away. However, not much thought goes to reducing the chances that wills will be contested down the road. A few tips may help with preventing this from happening in the state of New York.