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Probate Litigation – When Is it Worth it to Challenge a Last Will and Testament?

If you are considering challenging the probate of a last will and testament, there are several factors to consider.

May 29, 2024
2022: Year of Trusts

Attorney Britt Burner discusses the anatomy of trusts, the types of trusts used in Estate and Medicaid planning, and how they can benefit you and your loved ones.

January 24, 2022
How much does a trustee get paid?

Being a Trustee of a trust carries serious responsibilities and trustees are compensated for their time. Section 2309 of the New York Surrogate’s Court Procedure Act (“SCPA”) sets forth the computation of commissions payable to trustees.

January 5, 2022
How to Fund Your Trust

Some of you may be thinking, “I signed my trust, now what?”  Now it is time to fund your trust… you must put something in it!

January 5, 2022
What if co-trustees do not agree?

A trustee manages and distributes assets in a trust. A trustee can be is an individual or a financial institution.

December 6, 2021
How does Medicaid deal with a life estate?

For New Yorkers receiving benefits under the long-term care Medicaid program, a life estate is a strategic estate planning tool. Maintaining a life estate can ensure that your home passes to your intended loved ones after your death.

November 19, 2021
Does my trust need an Employer Identification Number (“EIN”)?

Whether your trust requires its own EIN depends on the type of trust that you have. An EIN, also known as a federal tax ID number, is a nine-digit number that the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) assigns to identify an entity for tax reporting purposes. An EIN functions like a social security number.

November 19, 2021
What is ACRIS used for?

The Automated City Register Information System, more commonly referred to as “ACRIS”, is New York City Department of Finance’s online portal. The portal allows one to view property records (such as deed filings), calculate property taxes, apply for exemptions, and prepare transfer tax forms.

October 15, 2021
Trustee Responsibilities and Obligations

If you have been named as a trustee of someone’s trust, you may be wondering what you are supposed to do. It is important that the trustee understand their duties and responsibilities.  The most important thing to remember as trustee is that the trust assets are not your assets.

October 13, 2021
Can a Trustee Sell Real Estate in a Trust?

Whether a Trustee can sell property in a trust depends on the terms of the trust. “Maybe” may seem like a common attorney refrain to frustrate clients, but the powers of a Trustee depend either on the terms of the trust, the purpose of the trust and New York’s Estates, Powers and Trusts Law (“EPTL”).

September 21, 2021
The Role of Trustee and Executor

Have you put an Estate Plan in place or have questions on the responsibilities of agents, trustees or executors? Britt Burner discusses these important roles in Estate Planning.

August 20, 2021

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Thought Leadership

Estate planning involves careful consideration of various factors to ensure that your assets are protected and distributed according to your wishes. One element that can add an extra layer of flexibility and protection to your trust is the inclusion of a Trust Protector.

July 14, 2023 Read Article

An Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (“ILIT”) is a valuable estate planning tool used to reduce estate taxes – known as death taxes during an election year. Whether you need an ILIT depends on how much your assets are worth now or what your potential net worth is in the future.

January 30, 2023 Read Article

When residential property is owned by a trust, the trustee may sell the property if the terms of the trust permit it. The trust would be the seller of the property and the trustee must sign the listing agreement, contract of sale and closing documents.

September 23, 2022 Read Article