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4 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Health Care Law and Elder Law for New York on
Q: I’m looking for a legal method that would give me the proper authority to manage my parent's care? Is a healthcare proxy

Is a healthcare proxy sufficient or do I need more?

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answered on Feb 4, 2024

A Health Care Proxy would allow you to make health care decisions if your parents were unable to do so themselves. However, managing their care, paying expenses, and completing paperwork would require a Power of Attorney to be signed by your parents naming you as their agent. In both cases, your... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Our son is 28. He moved out. He is the legal owner of our family dog. But now will not allow us to even see the dog.

We always had a very good relationship with our son. We were the primary care taker of the family dog for 10 years while our son lived with us. Our son moved out and is living with a person who hates her parents. All of a sudden now our son hates us. We understand he does not have to see us but... View More

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

If you are acknowledging your son is the legal owner and you do not wish to have permanent and sole possession of the dog, it would be difficult to convince a court to give you visitation rights. However, your burden would be to prove why it is in the dog's best interest for you to have... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New York on
Q: Is it too late?

My father in law passed without a will 9 years ago in NY. His wife wouldn’t speak to anyone and my husband received nothing despite having property, cash and other assets. Is he entitled to anything and is there anything he can do?

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

If your father-in-law died intestate (without a Will) with property that was not jointly held or with no named beneficiaries, it would pass under New York State law. Since there was a spouse and at least one child, those assets would be split between them. Real estate would be a matter of public... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: I left my cat with a friend and she got pulled over and the cat was confiscated because she had an open container

I called the precinct and they said that the cat was given away

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answered on Dec 1, 2023

Assuming your friend told the police that you were the owner and assuming that you can establish ownership, you would have to get a court order to force the police to reveal your cat’s location. You would then need to contact the person in possession to get it back. If they refuse, you would need... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Nursing Home Abuse, Wrongful Death and Elder Law for New York on
Q: My mother died due to negligence of a nursing home. What lawyer do I call.

My brother said he will use his own lawyer and my siblings and I will use the same lawyer . Can two separate party’s sue for the same reason. My brother said he wants to sue by himself without his siblings. So we decided to get our own lawyer.

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answered on Aug 17, 2023

Any action must be brought on behalf of your mother’s estate. Someone must petition the Surrogate’s Court to be appointed Administrator or, if there is a Will, Executor. If she was married at the time of her death, her spouse has first priority to petition. If not, all natural born or adopted... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Education Law, Estate Planning and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can a lawyer help to remove a custodian on UTMA acct for not allowing use of funds for school?

Grandparent set up UTMA accts for both of my children which are valued close to million each. Grandparent is estranged from grandkids and refuses to use money in acct for schooling. Children cant even get financial aid (FAFSA) as value in UTMA accts would be held against them. Is there any legal... View More

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answered on Jul 21, 2023

The ability of a custodian to make withdrawals from a UTMA account before the child reaches the age of majority is limited. Generally, unless there is some demonstration that a child's parent is unable to pay for their education, it is improper for a custodian to withdraw funds. However,... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Elder Law and Probate for New York on
Q: Lawyer has been informed by Medical Examiner of death, yet refuses to release Will - can he do this?

He says he needs “formal notice” - ME won’t release body without proof I’m executor (ie, the Will) so I cannot get a death cert or anything. I’m stuck as I need the Will to get the death cert, make arrangements, get access to apt., etc.. Can the lawyer be made to release the Will to me??... View More

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answered on Mar 10, 2023

Surrogate Court Procedure Act (SCPA) Sec. 1401 authorizes a proceeding to compel anyone who has custody of the original Will to produce it. If you are a spouse, parent, child, or sibling of the deceased, you are eligible to receive a copy of the death certificate if one has been issued. You would... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Probate and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: If the deceased lived in New York and the estate in Puerto Rico, which court executor should file a probate petition?

The deceased was originally from New York. Only assets in the estate are a condo in the Puerto Rico is mentioned in the last will and testament. In which court should a probate be held? In which Surrogates court should a probate be held? Which city? County in New York or in local court Puerto Rico?

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answered on Jan 8, 2023

Estate proceedings are brought in state and county of decedent’s residence. If there is a Will, it is brought as a probate proceeding. If there is no Will, it is an administration proceeding. Once the court appoints a fiduciary for the estate in New York, an additional (ancillary) proceeding can... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New York on
Q: An estate is divided between 2 sisters(25% +25%) the remaining 50% split amongst their 6 children. Both had 3 kids. Both

Are married. One sister dies in NY with no will. What happens to her share of the estate(25%) she had 3 kids and husband when she died. Thank you for your help

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answered on Dec 19, 2022

Sister’s share becomes part of her estate. If she died without a Will, after certain property is exempted, the first $50,000 goes to the spouse and the rest gets split 50% to spouse and 50% to be split evenly by the children.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New York on
Q: Can a Medicaid recipient, whose brother dies, stipulate with a probate proponent to withdraw their objections?

My friend is a nursing home resident who has been receiving Medicaid to help pay for her care. Her brother passed away and his home health aide (HHA) has filed a purported will in a NY Surrogates Court. Its signing was not supervised by an attorney, no self-proving affidavit was completed, one of... View More

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answered on Dec 11, 2022

Let me understand what you are asking. Your friend's brother passed away leaving, what may possibly be an invalid or fraudulent Will. It was submitted to the court by his health aide who, I assume, was named the Executor. Your friend objected to the aide's appointment. You want to now... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New York on
Q: Good morning I am looking for a small estate affidavit form and notarized document How can I get it and get help.

Can I get the form from your office?

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answered on Dec 10, 2022

If you want the forms, they are available to the public at:

http://ww2.nycourts.gov/forms/surrogates/smallestate.shtml

You can find a notary fairly easily if you want to do it all yourself. Otherwise, many attorneys who practice in the area of probate and administration can prepare...
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2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: My regular doctor wrote me a letter saying I would benefit from having a dog and my landlord says no is that illegal
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answered on Dec 9, 2022

I would need more information to answer this question. Does this letter prescribe an emotional support animal? Is your regular doctor a mental health professional? I assume your residence has a no pets policy. If that is the case, there are limited situations where a landlord may refuse to... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Military Law, Animal / Dog Law and Civil Rights for New York on
Q: can i get my dogs back if im a disabled veteran ptsd 70% and sign a surrender from due to lack of payment for treatment

My dogs contracted parvovirus no veterinarian in nyc would help me unless i had funds which i dont. i had to surrender the puppies to ACC (Animal control center) they had me sign surrender form and told me that i cant get them back because im surrendering them. which i get but these are my... View More

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answered on Nov 19, 2022

By surrendering them, you have no further legal claim. If they are being re-homed, you can apply to adopt them. However, your inability to provide for their medical needs in the past will likely be taken into account.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Probate for New York on
Q: Do I have any rights to my childhood photos that my stepmom has?

My Dad passed away in 2021. When my Dad got sick, my stepmom completely cut communication as my Dad was completely reliant on her. I reached out to attempt to keep the communication going but she blocked me on phones, Facebook, and email as far as I can tell. I found out on Facebook my Dad died.... View More

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answered on Jan 13, 2024

If the photos were not specifically left to you by your father in a Will or Trust, the surviving spouse will have primary rights to household effects like family photos.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Is Condo Management company allowed to require a $1,000,000 homeowners insurance policy for an Emotional support animal?

My mom just bought a condo for $420,000. She has a ESA dog (letter to verify) but the condo sent her a letter saying in order for the dog to live there she needs to take out a $1,000,000 liability homeowners policy if she wants the dog to be allowed. Is this legal? She already have a regular... View More

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answered on Aug 24, 2023

It is not legal to require additional insurance in exchange for providing a reasonable accommodation to a person with a disability.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Family Law and Real Estate Law for New York on
Q: Are unclaimed heritage something thrustfull?

An American Lawyer contacted me to say that they found out I have an unclaimed heritage (I'm Italian) by a aunt that died almost 20 years ago. They didn't gave me too much details but they made the last name of my grandmother. They told me the state of new york holds the money of the... View More

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answered on Jul 14, 2023

Go to the following website. Search for the relative and follow the procedures to file a claim. You will need documentation showing your relationship to the decedent. You may need to hire a genealogist.

https://www.osc.state.ny.us/unclaimed-funds

2 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning, Tax Law and Wrongful Death for New York on
Q: Can a wrongful death award arriving into sister's estate be divided in 3 (mother and 2 sisters)?

The estate I represent is winning a wrongful death award. My sister passed in an accident. Can the award be divided by the judge to benefit 3 people, (my mother, other sister and I) ? The interest of this would be that the award would not be taxable for anyone.

Thank you,

Claudia

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answered on Mar 25, 2023

Claudia,

In general, awards for wrongful death are not taxable. However, if a portion is meant to compensate for pain and suffering or lost wages it can be taxable.

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2 Answers | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Estate Planning and Elder Law for New York on
Q: Are you aware of any cases that lost a Motion to Reargue - but was able to perfect an appeal?

in NY

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answered on Mar 9, 2023

If you wish to challenge a decision or order, you may move to reargue and also appeal. Moving to reargue does not preclude an appeal.

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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning for New York on
Q: In New York state does the executor of an estate also need a Power of Attorney?
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answered on Feb 24, 2023

No. A Power of Attorney is only effective during the lifetime of the person signing (the principal). Once that person dies, it is no longer in effect. Upon being appointed, an Executor has full power to collect the decedent's assets and administer the estate.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Probate, Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for New York on
Q: Do my brother and I have any rights to Dad's house since he had no will?

Our parents owned our family house in Lynbrook, NY since 1962. My mother died in 1974. Dad married Clare soon after and in 1996 added C to the deed. He passed away in 2004. C removed his name from the deed. I have copies of the deed and subsequent alterations. Neither our father nor mother had a... View More

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answered on Feb 16, 2023

If Clare was added to Deed as a joint tenant, she was entitled to 100% when your dad passed away. If she is listed as a tenant in common with your dad, you may be entitled to something.

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