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As we go about our daily lives, the last thing we want to think about is what will happen to the money, property and other assets we have accumulated after we pass away, but it is important to think about this. Why? If you die without a will, trust or other estate planning document, the state of New York and what is known as the Surrogates’ Court will decide who inherits your life savings. The government is not interested in carrying out your wishes and distributing your assets as inexpensively and efficiently as possible. Worse, your family will likely suffer the consequences. When clear instructions about the distribution of your money and property are not provided, disputes often arise between family members. These disputes can quickly turn sad and ugly. It is not uncommon for family members to sever ties with one another over disputes such as these.

At Ortiz & Ortiz, LLP we can help you leave what you want, when you want, to whom you want and spare your family from infighting and hard feelings that can last a lifetime.

One of the tools we can use to help you accomplish this goal is a will. Also known as a last will and testament, this document allows you to specify the person or people you want to receive various assets. It also allows you to name a guardian for your minor children in case something happens to you and your spouse. Our estate planning attorney in New York, Astoria, Brooklyn and Manhattan has years of experience designing and implementing wills for individuals and families throughout the five boroughs.

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Inheritance Disputes

Disputes over inheritances are far more common than you might think, even in cases where the person who passed away had a will or trust. If you are involved in such a dispute, you should not feel that it is a “private matter” and avoid seeking legal counsel.

Whether you have been denied real estate, personal property and other assets you think are rightfully yours, or someone is trying to take away assets that have been left to you, we are here to protect your interests. While we will try to mediate the dispute in your favor, we will not hesitate to aggressively pursue the matter in court if an acceptable settlement through mediation proves impossible.