Will Lawyers in Long Island
Knowledgeable Estate Planning Attorneys
At The Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC, we utilize more than 30 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 will attorneys have the tools, resources, and knowledge you need to solidify the future of your estate.
There are many reasons you should hire our firm, including:
- 5-star ratings from past clients
- Decades of collective legal experience
- In most cases, we charge an agreed-to flat rate
- Known for compassionate & effective support
Why Should I Create a Will?
Wills are common and popular because of their versatility. While the drawback to some is the cost of probate , a will can control the disposition of 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
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 through the probate process. 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 spouse on the one hand and all of the children on the other.
If there is no surviving spouse, then the children receive all of the estate's property in equal shares. 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.
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.
Drafting Your Last Will & Testament
Are you considering drafting a last will and 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 more than three 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.
What Is a Living Will?
The living will is an important estate planning document and one that we recommend having. 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 condition
- Persistent vegetative state
- Conscious, but with irreversible brain damage such that you will never again be able to make or express your wishes again
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.
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
- Pain medication
- Cardiac resuscitation
- Mechanical respiration
You may also want to authorize the issuance of a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) by your physician. Another good idea is to appoint someone as your health care proxy (your agent) to communicate your wishes regarding your health care in the event you are no longer able to make these decisions for yourself. To learn more about the benefits of a living will and a health care proxy, get in touch with our legal team today.
If we are unable to help you with a case we are more than happy to refer you to one of our trusted attorneys.
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 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 one of our Long Island will attorneys from our office. We would be happy to review your personal situation, your family dynamics, and your assets to help you create a customized estate plan that truly meets all of your short and long-term goals.
Call the Law Offices of Steven M. Adler, PLLC at (516) 740-1184 to get started with your estate plan today.