New York Estate Planning Lawyer
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Attorney Robert Maher has long advocated the importance of having an estate plan in place that meets the needs of the client now and in the future. The Law Office of Robert J. Maher, PC helps clients prepare wills, trusts, living trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, standby guardianship documents, and healthcare proxies that protect their family and assets. Our estate planning lawyer in New York also helps clients develop a complete and current estate plan that reflects the tax, wealth preservation, and personal needs of its clients by working closely with clients to determine those needs.
Probate & Estate Administration
Robert Maher represents executors, trustees, and other fiduciaries in the probate and estate administration process. Our team can also guide you if you're thinking about appointing an executor.
Families with Younger Children
Many people associate estate planning with the elderly and/or those with substantial assets. Estate planning also benefits families with young children, families where one or both spouses have children from prior marriages or relationships (blended families), families involving same-sex marriages, and single-parent families. Our lawyer helps clients create plans and draft documents that reflect their wishes regarding the care and upbringing of their children in the event they are incapacitated or unable to care for them. You can also learn more about guardianships from this video and from this FAQ on guardianship.
In some sense, estate planning for single parents is much more urgent than it is for two-parent families. When you're raising children on your own, it's crucial to ensure that all contingencies are accounted for. Read more here about the key points to bear in mind when you're a single parent who wishes to plan for and protect your children and legacy.
Guardianship Proceedings for the Incapacitated
As court-appointed counsel and guardian for the incapacitated, Robert Maher represents and advocates for those who are unable to make decisions for themselves.
Immigrants & Foreign Investors
Couples where one spouse is a U.S. citizen and the other is a lawful permanent resident (Green Card holder) also face estate planning challenges regarding the marital exemption, while U.S. citizens with properties in a foreign jurisdiction must grapple with the issue of taxation in two countries. A non-resident alien who dies owning property in the United States or shares in entities that own property in the United States is subject to estate tax. A non-resident alien who owns property may also be subject to a gift tax if the individual transfers the property to a third party. These taxes can be up to 45 percent of the value of the real estate.
Our firm helps clients plan for their own disability and the issues related to planning for nursing home care or for the care of a spouse or special needs child. We create plans designed to protect a client's wealth and preserve a family’s assets while maintaining eligibility for government programs.
Use Today to Plan for the Unexpected
Whether you choose to have a living trust, will, and/or set of beneficiary designations, effective estate planning can help your dependents and loved ones avoid unnecessary legal obstacles during their grieving process. It allows them to know what assets you have, how to access them, and how to do so quickly and with minimal complications. Essentially, estate planning is about preparing for the worst and ensuring the best possible outcome for those who rely on you.
Call our estate planning attorney in New York City today at (646) 681-1977 to schedule your initial consultation.
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