How to Probate a Will in New York

Trying to cope with a loved one’s death is a challenging and overwhelming process. Coping with the emotional devastation of losing a loved one is hard enough, but thinking about going through the probate process can seem even more challenging. If you are a surviving family member, you probably have questions about probating your loved […]


Should I Put My House in a Trust?

More people than ever have decided to create living trusts as part of their estate plans. Many benefits come with using a trust-based estate plan. For example, you will avoid the often time-consuming and expensive probate process when you place your assets in a trust. Your loved ones will have access to the property in […]

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How Much Does an Estate Need to be Worth to Go to Probate Court in New York?

In New York, the probate court has the responsibility of distributing a deceased person’s assets after their death. Probate proceedings occur in a particular court, called the surrogate’s court, located in the county where the decedent was living when they died. When a person dies with a will in place, the probate court will distribute […]

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Five Tips for Incapacity Planning

Incapacity planning is one of the most important parts of estate plans. At the Law Offices of Barton P. Levine, we have helped many clients successfully plan for their future needs. Many Americans will end up needing long-term care. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, a 65-year-old today has a nearly […]