Law Office Of Inna Fershteyn And Associates
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Inna Fershteyn is Brooklyn leading estate planning lawyer who received education from the top schools and practiced law in several major law firms before opening Law Offices of Inna Fershteyn and Associates, P.C. Ms. Fershteyn's professional philosophy is that ability, experience, service, and direct accountability are the primary components of effective legal representation. Her accomplishments and renowned success are due to this strict adherence to providing first rate, specialized services that are custom tailored to meet the unique needs of each client. Ms. Fershteyn is bilingual in English and Russian and has been practicing law for 19 years. Her practice focuses on Trust and Estate Planning, Elder Law, Probate Proceedings in NY, Business Planning and Formation, Medicaid Planning, Medicaid Fraud investigations and Employment law. She is licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey.
The Law Office of Inna Fershteyn and Associates, P.C. provides representation for clients in need of Estate Planning, Elder Law, Medicaid planning, Asset Protection, Revocable and Irrevocable Trust formation, Guardianship proceedings, and Estate Litigation. Inna and her team of dedicated professionals assure personal attention to clients of all backgrounds and offer Russian-speaking attorney services. Clients can look forward to personally dealing with attorney Inna Fershteyn, who augments her 19 years of legal experience with knowledge of current trends in estate planning, Elder Law, NY Probate and Administration, Asset Protection and Medicaid fraud investigations.
As one client attests: “I was referred to Inna Fershteyn by a close friend who raved about her. I knew nothing about Estate Planning and was very worried. Inna was brilliant, patient and very sensitive to all of my concerns and I am forever grateful to her. She did a great job! Thank you, Inna!” Irina Firstein, May 2017 Call us at 718-333-2394 or visit www.BrooklynTrustandWill.com
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Today, technology is advancing at a rapid rate, leading to more digital forms of assets. This video will explain the basic knowledge you will need for estate planning in the digital age. What is estate planning? Estate planning is a way of managing wealth and assets, in order to minimize taxes, avoid probate court, and properly distribute one's assets to beneficiaries. Why is estate planning important? Estate planning can protect your children and other beneficiaries. If you pass away, your estate plan will continue to financially support your loved ones. Through estate planning, you can avoid probate, the process in which you must provide the surrogate's court evidence of the validity of a deceased person's will. Going through probate is a lengthy and expensive process. Thus, avoiding probate can save you a lot of time and thousands of dollars. What are digital assets? Digital assets are any virtual or digital possession that has value. One type of digital asset is one of financial value. These assets may include downloaded music and videos, online financial accounts such as bank accounts and Paypal, virtual currencies such as Bitcoin, and any published online content that generates revenue. Another type of digital asset is one of sentimental value. These assets may include videos, images, text files, text message, social media profiles, and social networking profiles. Why do we need estate planning for digital assets? There is a common misconception that just leaving the password for the deceased person's account is enough. However, unless the deceased person consented to sharing the account, it is against the law to access their account. How can you prepare your digital estate plan? First, prepare your family information, such as full names, nicknames, ages, and the contact information of those you wish to include in your estate plan. Second, if you have them, bring documentation of your will, trust, living trust, power of attorney, long-term care insurance, and real estate tax bills. Third, make a list of usernames and passwords for your accounts, and keep them in a safe place where they could be accessed by a trusted person. Fourth, make sure to specify in your estate plan what you want to do with your digital assets and which assets you want each of your beneficiaries to access after you pass. Fifth, creating an estate plan on your own may sound difficult. However, with assistance from an experienced estate planning lawyer, you can create your estate plan without worries. For assistance creating an estate plan, call the Law Office of Inna Fershteyn at 718-333-2394, or visit our website at BrooklynTrustandWill.com.
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What does my will do? Creating a will isn't the most enjoyable task, we know, but it is an important legal document that declares who will receive and manage your estate after you pass away. Your estate consists of anything from things as large as real estate or personal vehicles, down to photographs and family heirlooms. In addition to your estate, if you have kids, you can assign them a legal guardian in your absence If you have any further questions concerning the drafting of your will, please don't hesitate. Contact the Law Office of Inna Fershteyn at 718-333-2394 or visit our website at BrooklynTrustandWill.com
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Don’t Let Divorce Distract You From Important Estate Planning Considerations
Although life would be much simpler if it stayed the same for long periods of time, the truth is that it is constantly changing. People come into your life unexpectedly and exit just as frequently. Regarding estate planning, or preparing the transfer of wealth to loved ones after death, one of the most unforeseen challenges one may ever have to endure is a divorce. Considering that the divorce rate among married couples is currently nearing the fifty percent mark, it is important to understand the process of making any proper adjustments to your estate plan so that all intended beneficiaries get their allocated cut of the estate.
What happens if I don’t amend my will? What is the default?
Although estate planning will probably be the last thing on your mind after a divorce, you should certainly make sure that you are aware of state laws regarding wills. In most states, probate law tends to side with the writer of the will; upon divorce, an ex-spouse is automatically removed from the list of beneficiaries, as well as the role of the executor (the person named in charge of handling the deceased person’s financial obligations). Though this kind of law is common in the United States, not every state may offer such a convenience. In addition, state laws are often susceptible to revision, so merely relying on the state to remove any unintended beneficiaries from your will may not always be successful, especially since most states require an official court order of divorce to even consider the possibility of removing an ex-spouse from a will. In the case that your death occurs while you and your spouse are seeking a divorce, the last will in your estate plan would still be considered valid, and the soon-to-be-ex-spouse would end up being a recipient of any assets formerly intended for them.
In the event that you remarry after the court successfully issues a final judgement of divorce, there are three basic steps you should follow to ensure that your estate is handled on your terms after your passing. You should revoke your will and write a new one, update the beneficiaries of financial assets, and declare new powers of attorney in case you become unable to make financial decisions for yourself.
Step 1: Revoking/Rewriting Your Will or Trust
After you remarry, your first move (estate-planning wise) should be getting rid of your last will, and rewriting it to match your present circumstances and include beneficiaries of your currently owned assets. As a general matter, writing a will is a relatively simple process. You can generate a basic will online with a free template, or, if your situation merits a more complex will, you can hire an estate planning attorney to facilitate the process of clarifying which assets would be passed down to each spouse.
Unlike a will, a trust does not have to be entirely scrapped in order to change beneficiaries. Generally, an amendment to a trust should explain the changes, specify additions or deletions of property, and simply be signed and dated, and placed back into your estate plan documents.
Step 2: Updating Beneficiaries of Non-Property Assets
The second step involves the transfer of non-property assets. Though a will is necessary to transfer ownership of property, many intangible assets such as life insurance, retirement accounts, and other financial assets are passed outside of a will. In fact, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), which deals with the transfer of these assets after the death of the account holder, states that the estate administrator must distribute the funds to those named in the plan’s documents, regardless of state law. Keeping this in mind, it is critical that the person, be it a spouse or other family member, to whom you wish to transfer these assets upon your death be explicitly named. You may do so by requesting the appropriate documents from the institution in which you hold the account.
Step 3: Designating New Powers of Attorney
The final step you should take after remarrying is designating new powers of attorney. Because these documents give someone the authority to act on your behalf, usually a different person for financial and healthcare matters, you should definitely make sure to revoke the powers of attorney from your previous marriage, and write new ones if one of the people to whom you are delegating this authority to is your spouse.
Though a divorce can certainly be an emotionally rampant experience for any individual, proper estate planning is essential for your assets to be distributed consistent with your intentions. In the case that you remarry and forget to amend your will or trust, you risk your assets being passed down to the wrong spouse, should the state law not automatically revoke your former spouse’s designations, or squandering a significant portion of your estate, should your former spouse contest your last will. No one expects to go through a divorce, but in the case that you do, you will save yourself and your family a lot of headaches knowing that your assets are in the appropriate hands.