Skip to main content
Sharon Melissa Siegel
Avvo
Pro

Sharon Siegel’s Legal Guides

14 total


  • Objections to Probate

    In New York State, all objections to a will must be written and filed with the Surrogate's Court. If you do not reduce your objections to writing, they are not considered part of the record, regardless how long you discuss them with a court attorney. There is a court filing fee w...

    Read more 

  • What Happens to a Power of Attorney upon Death

    A power of attorney is no longer effective after the principal dies. Many times the principal does not advise a financial institution that someone has passed away in order to continue to use a power of attorney. This is illegal. There are many reasons why this fact is very import...

    Read more 

  • How Do I Get An Accounting of the Executor of the Estate

    Unlike many other states, New York has no formal requirements for an executor to file a detailed accounting of his/her actions as executor. The only requirement is that the executor file an inventory form, which is not detailed. You can't object to an inventory. So, what do you d...

    Read more 

  • Am I an Administrator or Executor of an Estate?

    There are two categories of people who are appointed by the court to administer an estate. First, an administrator of an estate (different than a Voluntary Administrator)is appointed in a situation where the decedent died with no validwill. This is also called "intestate". The co...

    Read more 

  • Revocable Trusts - Are They Useful?

    A revocable trust is a trust that can be changed, altered, or modified by the grantor/maker of the trust during his/her lifetime. In this regard, it is similar to a will. A revocable trust provides you no tax benefits at all. Even after an asset is transferred to a trust, it i...

    Read more 

  • Waiver and Consent to the Probate of a Will

    A waiver and consent is a form used in all counties of the Surrogate's Court, State of New York. It is used in all types of Surrogate's Court proceedings. If you sign a waiver and consent, you are waiving your rights to file objections to theprobate of a will (see my legal guide...

    Read more 

  • Estate planning - do I need a will?

    Yes. That is the answer. Not everyone needs the same type of will with the same level of complexity, but everyone should have one. Why? Everyone has something that needs to be administered - even if it is simply your clothes or everyday watch. Any item that is not titled (su...

    Read more 

  • Understanding Trusts

    A trust is a legal document. All trusts must be written on paper. There are many categories of trust. A "testamentary trust" is a trust that is established under a will and only comes into effect upon death. An "irrevocable trust" is just what it sounds like - a trust that c...

    Read more 

  • Ancillary Probate

    What happens if a decedent dies as a NY domiciliary, but owns real propertyout of state?The property that is owned in NY would behandled by a normalprobate, administration, or the like. However, realproperty that is owned out of state would require the fiduciary to commence an an...

    Read more 

  • Difference of a Co-op and Condo?

    In New York, a hot topic for people potential purchasers is what is the difference between a co-op and a condo. A co-op is a share of stock. It is not an ownership of real property, it is an ownership of stock in a co-operative. In contrast, a condo is a conveyance of real pro...

    Read more