Cormac McEnery

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Will Omissions: The Right Way to Disinherit

In some situations, you may want to disinherit an individual who may normally expect to inherit a portion of your estate. This can be an extremely delicate situation. There are a lot of reasons to leave a person out, some...more

10/21/2013 - Estate Planning Omissions Wills

Learn from the Past! Avoid These Top Estate Planning Blunders

Estate planning is complicated. Even the rich and famous make mistakes when handling their estates, and hopefully you can learn from their blunders so you don’t repeat them in your own estate plan. Here are five top mistakes...more

10/15/2013 - Estate Planning

The Differences Between Litigating a Will and a Trust

Just as wills and trusts are two distinct types of estate planning documents, there are also differences in the ways each document can be challenged by disgruntled persons hoping to lay claim to the assets contained therein. ...more

10/14/2013 - Competency Estate Planning Fiduciary Duty Forgery Fraud Undue Influence Claims

What Probate Is and How Long It Takes

You may have executed a will thinking that dispersing your assets after you are gone will be simple and quick. Your daughter gets the house, your son gets the cars, and the money is dispersed equally according to the will,...more

10/8/2013 - Estate Planning Probate

What is a Guardianship?

Let's face it: we don't live in a perfect world. Life often throws us unexpected curveballs that either (a) completely derail us, sending us into chaos; or (b) force us to readjust our plans. One of these less-than-perfect...more

10/3/2013 - Child Custody Guardians Minors

Taxable Estates

Even though estates are taxed by the federal government when an estate is worth more than $5.25 million for individuals and $10.5 million for couples, New York State has additional taxes and considerations that must be taken...more

9/30/2013 - Estate Planning Estate Tax Marital Status Tax Deductions

Who Needs a Supplemental Needs Trust?

If you have a disabled person in your family or under your care, you may be concerned about helping them to maximize their resources and enhance their quality of life. A supplemental needs trust might be just the ticket....more

9/26/2013 - Disability Special Needs Trust

Types of Trusts in New York

Trusts aren’t just for the wealthy anymore. Many modern estate plans incorporate some type of trust for a wide variety of reasons. Some types of trusts are used to postpone or eliminate estate taxes. Others are used to deal...more


Who Will Speak on Your Behalf? Choosing a Health Care Proxy

In New York, the law allows you to pick someone you trust to act as a proxy, or decision-maker, on your behalf to make health care decisions if you are unable to make them for yourself....more

9/19/2013 - Bodily Injury Disability Healthcare Power of Attorney Proxies

Responsibilities of the Executor

When people look for a babysitter for their children, it is important to take extra precautions to assure that the person with whom they entrust their kids is well suited for the job. It is also smart to ask those that they...more

9/17/2013 - Estate Planning Estate Tax Executors Probate

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