It is commonplace for a person to propose and execute documents to create an estate plan in New York. Recent posts in this blog have talked about various planning papers including a Last Will and Testament, Living Will, Living Trust and Power of Attorney. In view of today’s online capacity, many individuals consider and actually write and execute their own papers without guidance from an attorney. The New York Probate Lawyer Blog has recently talked about the possible issues that many arise from such a process.
An additional consideration regarding the execution of any Will or other document is the level of capacity or competency that the creator has when preparing and signing papers that have significant legal consequence.
A recent article written by Roxanna E. Hammett on March 26, 2020 entitled “The Estate Planning Attorney’s Role in Establishing Testamentary Capacity” and published at www.law.com/njlawjournal/2020/03/26, raises some interesting issues. While the article relates to New Jersey law, the overall subject is applicable to New York Wills and the Probate Process.