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Dedicated Rochester Estate Planning Attorney Advises Families on Wills

Caring New York lawyer helps clients pass down assets and navigate probate

Failing to make a will can leave your estate up for grabs. Despite laws dictating how property is to be distributed, there is no assurance that the people entitled to your inheritance will receive it. At the Law Office of Maurice J. Verrillo, P.C. in Rochester, apply our more than 30 years of experience to draft comprehensive instructions for how your assets should be distributed and to whom when you pass away. With our faith deeply rooted in Christianity, we are committed to helping individuals care for their families through reliable, enforceable wills. We also advise estate executors during probate proceedings in the courts of Monroe County and surrounding areas. Our goal is to provide our clients and their heirs with peace of mind.

Thorough attorney helps clients create will instructions with confidence

A well-drafted will gives clear, enforceable instructions about who should manage your estate and how it should be distributed. It removes any doubt about your intentions, making the probate process faster and less expensive. By contrast, a poorly constructed will can open the door to challenges, among them:

  • Lack of clarity — Vague instructions and contradictory provisions can cast doubt on the decedent’s intentions, forcing a court to interpret the will or possibly to declare it invalid.
  • Undue influence — A family member or another person who is expected to benefit from the will may claim that the document was created under pressure from a manipulative third party.
  • Diminished capacity — A challenger to the will may claim that the decedent was not of sound mind or did not possess a thorough understanding of their financial affairs.
  • Forgery — In some cases, a challenger may claim that text in a will or the decedent’s signature has been forged.

Challenges to a will, even if unsuccessful, can tie up an estate in probate proceedings for an indefinite time. We work one-on-one with each client to develop a personalized estate plan, making sure we understand your concerns and priorities and drafting a document that embodies your intentions. We are also able to structure wills in a way that achieves optimal tax treatment for your estate property.

If you already have a will, we can review it and make amendments or draft a new will to meet your changing needs and preferences.

Attentive Monroe County counselor provides guidance during administration

Any will for an estate valued at $30,000 or more must be deemed valid by a New York Surrogate’s Court through the probate process. When no will is available or the estate is valued at less than $30,000, the court can appoint one of the deceased’s family members or personal representatives to oversee the distribution of property though administration proceedings.

We also represent and advise estate executors and administrators. If you are given responsibility for overseeing the distribution of an estate under a will or by court order, our firm can advise you on your obligations and address any uncertainties or other concerns you may have.

Contact a Rochester wills and probate attorney for a free initial consultation

For help drafting a will or overseeing its execution in New York, contact the Law Office of Maurice J. Verrillo, P.C. in Rochester. We are a family-focused, Christian law firm committed to advancing our clients’ best interests. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us at 585-563-1134 or contact us online.

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