When an individual dies with ownership of assets solely in their own name and those assets lack named beneficiaries, said assets must go through the court system before they can be passed onto the decedents’ heirs.

If you have a Last Will and Testament (Will), the process is called probate. If you don’t have a Will, the process is called Estate Administration. When a Will is involved, the initial step of probate is to “prove the Will.” This is done by having the nominated executor send a copy of the Will to all of the decedent’s legal heirs (those who were legally entitled to inherit from them under intestacy rules). If those people consent to the Will, then all is well and the process can proceed. If they don’t consent, then there is a Will contest, and legal proceeding will follow. This can be a costly and time-consuming process.

Once the Will is approved, and the bills of the estate are paid, assets get distributed according to the Will. When there is an estate Administration, New York’s laws of inheritance (intestacy), not the wishes of the deceased person,

When there is an estate Administration, New York’s laws of inheritance (intestacy), not the wishes of the deceased person, determines who gets the assets.Both Probate and Estate Administrations are available to the public.

Both Probate and Estate Administrations are available to the public.According to a CNN Money study, probate costs between 5.00% -7.00% of the Estate.

According to a CNN Money study, probate costs between 5.00% -7.00% of the Estate.In New York, estates take at least 8 months to complete, whether there is a Will or not.

In New York, estates take at least 8 months to complete, whether there is a Will or not.Most often, Estates do not distribute money until the estate is complete and settled.

Most often, Estates do not distribute money until the estate is complete and settled.If you have property in multiple states, then a court proceeding will need to be open in those states as well.

If you have property in multiple states, then a court proceeding will need to be open in those states as well.The problem with most Wills and with New York’s rules, is

The problem with most Wills and with New York’s rules, is that if there is not a Will, the process is called an Estate Administration. The person who is asking to be the administrator must notify the same people as if there was a Will.

As it may not fit your family at the time you die.
It could result in money being given to:

  • People who will squander it.
  • Children with drug or alcohol issues.
  • A child facing bankruptcy, a lawsuit or divorce.
  • A child who is simply too young to handle it.
  • A spouse in a nursing home.
  • A spouse who may remarry.

In each of those cases all of the money that you spent a lifetime saving could be gone in a flash.

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