A LIVING WILL is a legal document expressing an individual’s medical treatment preferences in the event they become unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate. If someone does not want to be kept on artificial life-support, they can make this binding and clear in a living will.
Living wills may be tailored to the needs of each individual, but often address the following medical interventions, after-death preferences, and related matters:
Artificial respiration (breathing machines),Artificial nutrition and hydration (feeding tubes, IV drips),Electric shock therapy,Surgical procedures,Bodily tissue and organ donation
A Will is a legal document that communicates a person’s final wishes regarding the distribution of their property and the care of their minor children.
If you die without a Will, the State will distribute your property to your heirs according to the New York State’s intestacy law, not according to your wishes and desires.
State Law will dictate who your property will be bequeathed to and what share they will receive, but the laws do not dictate who will get specific items of property ie: grandma’s diamond ring.
In addition, if you have MINOR children, and die without a Will, a COURT may decide who will care for your children and their property if the other parent is not able to care for them or is unavailable.
Finally, if there is no Will and you are not married or live in a non-traditional relationship, your partner might not inherit under NYS intestacy Law.
Please contact us for more information. Our fees for Will Preparation are very reasonable and in most cases will be less than the fees charged by Do – it -Yourself, online services.