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A family packed for the beach learning about the importance of legal planning for summer vacation

Going on Vacation this Summer? Have These Legal Documents in Place First

Posted on: June 21, 2024 | By: David Parker, Esq.
It’s summer – a time when New Yorkers gear up for vacation and eagerly anticipate a break from the daily grind. However, amidst the excitement, it's crucial to consider an often-overlooked aspect of travel preparation: estate planning. Having the right legal documents in place ensures peace of mind while you're away.
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Medicaid Nursing Home Planning

Risks of Transferring Your Home Ownership or Adding a Child to the Deed

Posted on: May 30, 2024 | By: David Parker, Esq.
For families in the Hudson Valley, understanding the risks of transferring home ownership or adding a child to a deed is essential for making informed, secure decisions about elder care and asset protection.
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New York estate tax

Estate Planning Strategies in New York: Estate and Inheritance Tax

Posted on: April 26, 2024 | By: David Parker, Esq.
This article explains estate and inheritance tax and how estate planning strategies can help reduce taxes.
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Stethoscope and red heart left image Young adult on a blue phone right image depicting health care proxy for young adults.

Off to College or Traveling? Why Young Adults Need a Health Care Proxy or Advance Directives

Posted on: March 27, 2024 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Many young adult New Yorkers plan to travel in the U.S. or abroad during spring break and summer months. Most travelers do not pack a health care proxy or power of attorney (POA) to assign another person as a medical advocate if they are incapacitated. But they should. Healthcare proxies or medical POAs are a […]
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Why a Will is Not Enough to Avoid Probate in New York

Why a Will Alone is Not Enough to Avoid Probate in New York

Posted on: February 8, 2024 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Learn why a will alone cannot avoid probate, protect against incapacity, or shield your assets from creditors and legal issues.
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A couple learning about a New York a power of attorney

What Is a Power of Attorney, Why Do You Need One, and How Does it Work in New York?

Posted on: January 4, 2024 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Contrary to common belief, family members like your spouse or children do not inherently possess the authority to act on your behalf. A power of attorney is a legal document that empowers an individual to appoint an agent to act or make decisions on their behalf when unable to do so.
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Estate Planning in New York is for Any Stage of Life Starting at 18

Estate Planning in New York is for Any Stage of Life Starting at 18

Posted on: December 1, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Once you turn 18, estate planning is important for any stage of life from young adulthood to retirement and old age to protect you and your assets.
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Family gathering at the holidays considering how they will be Paying for Nursing Home Costs

Paying for Nursing Home Costs: A Guide to Medicare, Medicaid and More

Posted on: November 20, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Navigating the myriad of ways to pay for nursing home care can be overwhelming. However, with a clear understanding of nursing home costs and the options available, it becomes manageable.
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Older couple learning about when should you update your will

When to Update Your Will: 8 Reasons You May Need to Revisit Your Estate Plan

Posted on: October 13, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
If you don’t remember when you last reviewed your estate plan, then chances are it’s time for a review. Over the years, wishes, relationships and circumstances change. An out-of-date estate plan may not achieve your wishes, or be declared invalid by the court.
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New City Estate Planning Attorney working with couple to create will

The Implications of Dying Without a Will in New York

Posted on: September 11, 2023 | By: David Parker, Esq.
Dying intestate can have unintended consequences for pretty much every family type. However, it is especially painful if there are unmarried partners or stepchildren, who are left out under the law in almost every scenario.
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