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The Law Office of George H. Dippel is Open During the Coronavirus Outbreak

The Law Office of George H. Dippel, in compliance with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s emergency declaration, is now operating from our home office. While certain activities such as sit down closings, will signings and personal consultations in our office are not … Continue reading

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How do I transfer my New York co-op apartment to my living trust?

Revocable trusts, often called “living trusts” are an increasingly popular choice for people who wish to avoid probate when planning their estates. For a discussion on “living trusts” refer to my blog post: http://www.dippellaw.com/wordpress/how-can-i-avoid-probate-of-a-will-in-new-york/ As I discussed in my above … Continue reading

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Should I agree to be the executor of my friend’s New York will?

At some point you may be asked if you would be willing to be named an executor in a friend or family member’s last will and testament.  The first thought that may pop into your mind is “If I say … Continue reading

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Do I need to file income tax returns as the Executor of a New York Estate?

Understandably I am often asked this question as April 15th approaches.  If a decedent’s estate has earned more than $600 in income during the tax year, the executor or administrator needs to file both Federal and New York State fiduciary … Continue reading

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How does an Executor or Administrator settle a New York Estate?

One of the first questions I hear from clients who have been appointed an executor or administrator is “How do I finalize or settle this estate?”  After the fiduciary, (i.e., an executor or administrator) of a New York estate has … Continue reading

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How can I administer a New York estate during a will contest?

In a proceeding to probate a will in New York State, all the heirs of the deceased testator must consent to the will being admitted to probate or be served with a citation.  The citation advises the heir that a … Continue reading

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What are the duties of an Executor of a New York Will?

One of the most important decisions you will make when preparing your last will and testament is your choice of an Executor. An Executor is the person(s) or entity such as a trust company, who is responsible for seeing that … Continue reading

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Am I Entitled to a Fee for Being Appointed an Executor of a New York Will?

Executors of New York estates (and Administrators appointed when a person dies intestate, i.e. without a will) are entitled to receive a fee, called “commissions” to compensate them for their services provided to the estate. The law provides that commissions … Continue reading

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How Can I Obtain Title to My Deceased Spouse’s Car in New York?

Many people are aware that a married couple’s joint bank accounts and jointly owned real property passes by operation of law to the survivor upon a spouse’s death .  In such cases, it is often unnecessary to probate a will … Continue reading

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Do I need an attorney to prepare my New York will?

With the proliferation of computer software and websites promising to save you money by assisting you in preparing legal documents, naturally people wonder whether they need an attorney to prepare their last will and testament.  Since you’re reading my legal … Continue reading

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