Staten Island Wills Attorneys

The Importance of Having a Will

The Staten Island estate planning attorneys at Armstrong & Lamberti, PLLC are committed to helping clients ensure the financial security of their families and the other individuals and institutions they care about. A last will and testament is one of the most critical parts of a sound financial plan. Unfortunately, far too many people neglect to make one because they assume that there should be no problem as long as the family is in basic agreement on how to divide the property, and who will care for their children in the event of their death. Developing Wills for you and your spouse is important in establishing a foundation for your estate plan.

No Enforceable Will In Place

A frequent occurrence for our attorneys is the situation where there is no Will, and agreements may not be enforceable. Often, this results in fighting among your heirs over the distribution of property. This can include high-value assets, objects with sentimental value, and even your children or pets.

You Decide In Advance

When you create a will, you are the one who specifically decides, in advance, how your property will be divided among your heirs. Basically, you remove the State of New York from distributing your assets using a one-size-fits-all formula.  Especially since it may go against anything you wanted to happen.

Taking Control

In addition to specifying how your property will be distributed, your will enables you to name a guardian for your children. Additionally, you can appoint an executor, who will administer your estate and carry out your wishes once you are gone. A quality Staten Island estate planning attorney will point out that taking the time to create a will is one of the kindest and most generous services you can do for your family and friends.

Having a will in place when you die can:

  • Make things easier on your family and friends
  • Allow the details of your estate to be worked out quickly and easily
  • Empower an administrator you name—rather than one the state appoints—to divide your assets
  • Shorten and simplify the process in probate court
  • Minimize the portion of your estate that goes towards administrative fees
  • Leave your family with more money
  • Ensure that your heirlooms, keepsakes, and collectibles stay in the family
  • Protect your children in your absence

An estate planning attorney at our Staten Island firm stands ready to help you take the simple but powerful step of making a will that reflects your choices while providing for your loved ones.

The right time to make or update your will is now. The Staten Island estate planning attorneys at Armstrong & Lamberti, PLLC stand ready to help you protect your rights and your assets now and upon death, and ease the path through probate. To schedule your free consultation with an experienced Staten Island wills attorney, call us today at 718.477.7700.