The Kridel Law Group has an active probate litigation practice representing clients in Court who are challenging wills and trusts, or defending them from challenge. Because we are so closely involved in the dispute side of estate work, we know very well what makes wills and trusts enforceable, and what makes estate planning documents vulnerable to challenge.
At the Kridel Law Group, our experience with probate litigation helps our lawyers improve the wills and trusts we draft for our clients. Our estate planning attorneys know firsthand the types of challenges these documents are likely to face, and we know how to write strong legal instruments that will stand up to any potential objections.
From our offices in Manhattan and Clifton, we have served clients in New York and New Jersey for more than 40 years. To make an appointment at either office, contact a Clifton trusts and estates lawyer today.
Wills, Living Wills And Trusts
- Wills: Wills are the most basic type of estate planning document. A will sets forth clear decisions about the intended distribution of assets after death. If a person dies without a will, his or her assets will be distributed according to state probate law, rather than according to the wishes of the decedent. Almost everyone should have a will to put his or her affairs into order for the benefit of those left behind.
- Living Wills: Also known as advance health care directives, living wills are documents in which individuals set out their wishes for their end-of-life care in case they become unable to communicate those wishes themselves. A living will can be as general or as specific as the maker wants it to be. Living wills are often accompanied by health care powers of attorney, which give a trusted person the authority to make necessary health care decisions in the event of incapacity.
- Trusts: Trusts are another popular estate planning instrument. There are many types of trusts. Some may be created while the asset holder is alive. Testamentary trusts may only be created upon death according to pre-existing instructions. Revocable trusts and irrevocable trusts can be used to avoid the probate process, which can be expensive and time-consuming. In some circumstances, trusts can also provide more control over assets and are better able to survive legal challenges.
Contact The Kridel Law Group
Our attorneys focus on creating effective estate plans using the types of legal instruments necessary to protect your financial interests and survive any future legal challenges.
To learn more about our firm or our estate planning practice, contact us to schedule an appointment at one of our two offices, in Manhattan or in Clifton, New Jersey. Call us today by phone at 973-470-0800.