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Seasoned Brooklyn Wills Attorney

Most of us work hard to earn a living and provide for ourselves and our families, but few of us want to think about what will happen when we die. At the Law Offices of Peter G. Gray, P.C., I understand how difficult it is for you and your family to think about your passing. But as a wills lawyer in Brooklyn, I am dedicated to helping you think through this difficult subject so you can protect your hard-earned assets and your family.

Wills in New York

Your Last Will and Testament is a written document that declares your wishes upon your death, including naming specific beneficiaries, enumerating assets each beneficiary receives and naming an executor to manage and distribute your estate after your death. As a Brooklyn living wills lawyer, I help you analyze your estate, needs and goals to determine what type of wills or provisions are best for you:

  • Simple wills to distribute assets to named beneficiaries
  • Pour over wills to pour over assets the decedent still owns at death into a designated living trust
  • Guardianship provisions to name a guardian for minor children and direct how children should be supported
  • Living wills to make decisions about how your health care should be managed in the event that you cannot do so
  • Joint or mutual wills for couples who desire to leave their assets to each other

Requirements for a valid will

As a seasoned will attorney in Brooklyn, I draft clear and precise wills that meet all the requirements for validity in New York:

  • The maker of the will (testator) must have testamentary capacity, including being at least 18 years old and of sound mind and memory
  • The will must be signed by the testator, or in the presence of the testator at the testator’s direction by a person who also signs the will
  • The will must be signed in the presence of at least two witnesses

Wills may also be oral or handwritten and still be valid in certain circumstances. By consulting with a Brooklyn trusts and estate attorney, you can ensure that all the requirements are met, your wishes are clearly expressed and that you have the essential provisions, codicils and other estate planning instruments.

Probate of wills

Once you have passed away, your executor or a beneficiary must submit your last will for probate before the Surrogate’s Court. To learn more, please see the probate of wills.

Contact a skilled attorney in Brooklyn for help with your will and estate

Planning for your death by creating a will is essential to protecting your assets and family and ensuring that your wishes are carried out. At the Law Offices of Peter G. Gray, P.C., I have experience you can trust to advise you on your estate and give you peace of mind. To learn more about the services I offer, please call today at 929-367-4333 or contact me online for a free initial consultation.

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