Planning an estate in New York requires that numerous factors be considered. The testator or creator of a Last Will or Trust should begin by making a complete inventory and review of his assets.
The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has many posts which discuss various rules regarding the disposition of assets. In its most simplest form, assets that are owned by a decedent in his name alone generally are controlled by the provisions in a Will. However, assets that are owned in joint names with rights of survivorship or which have designated beneficiaries such as life insurance or retirement funds, pass automatically and outside of a Will to the designated owner. Therefore, in order to effectively engage in estate planning, a person must know and understand his assets and the manner in which they are owned. Continue reading