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At The Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC, we utilize more than 60 years of legal experience to help our clients plan for their future and their family's future. One of the most common ways to go about this is by drafting a last will and testament, and our Long Island estate planning lawyer has the tools, resources and knowledge you need to solidify the future of your estate.

Wills are common and popular because of their versatility. While the drawback to some is the cost of probate in its administration, a will can contain the most diverse variety of assets, from finances to personal belongings.

By drafting your legally valid last will and testament, you can:

  • Choose individuals or organizations to inherit your property
  • Name a guardian to care for minor children or special needs family
  • Name an individual to manage the property left to minor children until they are of age
  • Name an executor to administer the terms of your will upon taking effect

If you have yet to establish your estate plan and are interested in learning more about wills, contact The Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC today.

"What happens if I don't draft a will?"

If you pass away without a valid will, your estate will be distributed according to New York intestate laws. If the decedent leaves no children, then the surviving spouse is entitled to the entire estate. If there are children and a surviving spouse, the spouse is entitled to the first $50,000 and the rest of the estate is divided equally between the two parties. If there is no surviving spouse, then the children receive all of the estate. The decedent's parents receive the entire estate if there is not a surviving spouse or child. Creating a will, however, can help you distribute property differently and may be beneficial for you and your family.

More than 60 Years of Legal Experience

Clients come first at Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC, and we pride ourselves on providing them with personalized attention. If you choose to work with us, you can rest assured that a qualified attorney will handle your case and it will never be passed off to an assistant.

Contact our firm to learn more about the benefits of wills and other estate planning tools. With over 60 years of experience, we can provide the attentive and knowledgeable legal guidance you need and deserve.

Last Will & Testament

Are you considering drafting a last will & testament? At the Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC, we can answer all of your questions about wills and explain what other estate planning documents you may also need. With over 6 decades of combined experience, our attorneys are well-qualified to help you draft a customized estate plan.

Our firm is uniquely positioned to draft your estate plan because Attorney Adler is a licensed health and life insurance agent, and a licensed real estate agent. With our knowledge, we are able to look at all aspects of your life and come up with creative suggestions that can help you plan for a life of prosperity.

Advantages of Having a Will

A will, also called a last will and testament enables you to be in control of how your property is distributed and when. Some of the advantages of having a will include:

  • You name an executor to distribute your property
  • You can name a guardian for minor children
  • Name a trusted person to manage assets left to minor children
  • Leave specific directions for distributing your personal property
  • Leave property to a favorite charity
  • Leave property to a close friend or a distant relative

If you don't have a will, a court-appointed administrator will distribute your property according to New York's intestate succession laws, which take effect when someone dies without a will. In such cases property is distributed in strict accordance with state law, which may not align with your wishes.

What does a will not do?

A will does not control all types of assets, namely non-probate assets, which are assets that pass outside of a will upon your death. Non-probate assets include jointly-held property, retirement accounts, trusts, and assets with beneficiary designations such as life insurance policies and payable-on-death bank accounts.

Contact a Long Island Estate Planning Lawyer

Wills are at the foundation of an estate plan; however, many estate plans involve several additional documents including a living will, a health care proxy, life insurance, and a revocable living trust.

Since every client is unique, there is no such thing as a cookie-cutter approach to estate planning. We recommend that you contact a Long Island estate planning attorney from our office. We would be happy to review your personal situation, your family dynamics, your assets and how they are held to help you create a customized estate plan that truly meets all of your short and long-term goals.

What is a Living Will?

An Important Estate Planning Document

At Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC, we have over 60 years of collective experience drafting customized estate plans for individuals and couples. The living will is an important estate planning document and one of which we do recommend having.

As dedicated estate planning attorneys we are fully committed to our clients, we are readily available to answer your questions and we personally respond to emails and phone calls the same day. As a licensed health and life insurance agent and a licensed real estate agent, Attorney Adler brings a wealth of knowledge to the table that can help you create a well-rounded estate plan.

A living will is a legal document in which you state your wishes in regards to your future health care. Living wills are used by individuals who want to express their wishes about withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining medical treatment which only serves to prolong the dying process.

Many people have strong opinions or objections about receiving life-sustaining treatment and want to make their objections known in advance. A living will is intended to apply if you are in any of the following states:

  • A terminal conditions
  • Persistent vegetative state
  • Conscious but with irreversible brain damage and you will never again be able to make or express your wishes again

Expressing Your Wishes

While your living will should express your general wishes, it is best to be as specific as possible. If you have definite preferences as to medical treatment under certain circumstances, you should spell them out in the document itself.

Some examples of life-sustaining treatment you should address, include:

  • Artificial nutrition and hydration
  • Tube feeding
  • Antibiotics
  • Pain medicine
  • Cardiac resuscitation
  • Mechanical respiration

You may also want to authorize the issuance of a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) by your physician.

Contact a Long Island Estate Planning Attorney.

In addition to a living will, you should appoint someone as your health care proxy (your agent). The health care proxy is a document that appoints someone as your health care agent to communicate your wishes regarding your health care in the event you are no longer to make these decisions for yourself.

To learn more about the benefits of a living will and a health care proxy, contact a Long Island estate planning lawyer from our firm. We would be glad to help you determine which estate planning documents you need so you can get started drafting an estate plan that meets your goals.