What Not to Include in a New York Will
Creating a will is a vital step in ensuring your assets are distributed according to your wishes. However, it’s equally important to know what should not be included in your will, especially in the context of New York state law. At Morgan Legal Group, our experienced lawyers are here to guide you through the intricacies of estate planning to ensure your wishes are carried out effectively.
1. Funeral Instructions
While it’s natural to want to specify your funeral wishes, a will is not the best place to do so. Wills are often read after the funeral, and including such instructions may not be practical. Instead, consider discussing your wishes with a trusted family member or friend who can ensure they are carried out.
2. Certain Types of Property
There are specific types of property that may not be suitable for inclusion in a will. For instance, property held jointly with rights of survivorship or assets held in a trust typically passes outside of probate and is not governed by the terms of a will. Understanding the nature of your assets is crucial and consulting with an attorney to determine the best way to distribute them.
3. Conditional Gifts
Leaving a gift with conditions or requirements attached can lead to complications. New York law may not always enforce conditional gifts, and such provisions can result in disputes among heirs. It’s advisable to keep bequests unconditional or seek legal advice to ensure your intentions are legally sound.
4. Guardianship for Pets
While your pets are cherished members of your family, New York law does not recognize them as legal beneficiaries. Instead of leaving explicit instructions for your pets in your will, consider discussing your wishes with a trusted friend or family member who can assume responsibility for them. You may also create a pet trust, which is a legally recognized way to provide for your pets’ care.
5. Business Operations
Directing the day-to-day operations of a business through a will is not the most effective approach. A will may not be read immediately, and it’s crucial to have a clear plan for the continuity of business operations. It’s recommended to consult with a business attorney and consider other legal instruments, such as a business succession plan.
6. Digital Assets and Passwords
In today’s digital age, it’s important to consider your online presence and digital assets. Including passwords or specific instructions for accessing online accounts in a will can pose security risks. Instead, consider creating a separate document to store this information securely and provide instructions on how to access it to your executor.
Contact Morgan Legal Group for Expert Estate Planning
Effective estate planning requires careful consideration and expert guidance. At Morgan Legal Group, our experienced lawyers deeply understand New York state law and can provide invaluable advice to ensure your wishes are carried out smoothly.
Furthermore, we understand that estate planning can be a complex and sensitive matter. Our personalized approach ensures that your unique circumstances are considered, and we work diligently to create a plan that aligns with your goals.
Moreover, when you choose Morgan Legal Group, you’re not just hiring an attorney; you’re partnering with a team of experienced legal professionals who will work tirelessly on your behalf. We are easily accessible and committed to excellence in every aspect of our practice.
Contact us today for a consultation, and let our experienced team of attorneys guide you through the estate planning process with care, dedication, and expertise. Don’t leave your legacy to chance; trust Morgan Legal Group to safeguard your wishes.