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New York estate planning should be updated regularly

When it comes to estate planning, there are two categories that many people will fall into: those who haven't made any plans at all, and those who have done so but fail to update them. New York residents who have set up a will or have other plans in place may believe that they have no further concerns. However, failing to regularly revisit one's estate plans can be a costly error.

Deaths of celebrities illustrates why estate planning matters

Over the past few years, the unexpected deaths of several celebrities have been a lesson in the fragility of life. These deaths also work to illustrate why some of the more uncomfortable tasks in life -- such as estate planning -- need to be addressed sooner rather than later. New York residents may have several reasons they have postponed this task, but the peace of mind that comes with estate planning is worth the effort involved.

Battle over James Brown's estate litigation plays on

When a beloved musical artist passes away, fans often take comfort in the fact that the music they produced will live on. However, in some cases, it seems the estate litigation may also live on, such as the case in the battle over James Brown's estate. Fans in New York -- and elsewhere -- may be surprised to learn that, more than 12 years after the singer's death, the rights to his music and estate remain unresolved.

Is your executor willing and able to carry out your estate plans?

Life is full of tasks and conversations that one would rather avoid. Of all of these, the discussion over estate plans may be one of the most difficult but necessary conversations one will ever have in life. Though many New York residents would rather put the task off as long as possible, the sooner one sets up these vital plans and chooses a qualified executor, the sooner one can enjoy peace of mind.

Change in estate planning designation can save more assets

The prospect of making final plans for one's assets and heirs may seem like a daunting task to many New York residents. However, with the guidance of experienced professionals, this chore does not have to be a taxing experience. In fact, with careful wording and deliberate distribution of certain assets, estate planning can ensure that the majority of one's wishes come to fruition.

Aretha Franklin reportedly died without leaving an estate plan

The beloved "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, recently passed away from cancer at the age of 76. In the aftermath of her death, while fans mourn her loss, family members may struggle to divide her assets since she reportedly did not have any estate plans in place. Every state, including New York, has laws that dictate how these estates are divided in these circumstances -- but these laws cannot prevent litigation issues.

Careful selection of designated positions can save estate plans

The saying that the only things one can count on for certain are death and taxes remains true no matter where one resides. That being said, many New York residents may believe that drafting their final wishes is the most difficult part of estate planning. Unfortunately, if the plans are not handled the way one intended, then even the most thorough estate plans can be derailed.

Taxes are not the only reason to draft estate planning documents

It is likely that the majority of people who hear about the importance of setting up trusts or drafting wills believe that the main goal is to avoid estate taxes. However, there are many compelling reasons to choose to set up estate planning documents. New York residents may not be aware of the variety of purposes that these planning tools can fulfill.

A divorce often necessitates several changes to an estate plan

The divorce process is often emotionally overwhelming. It is during this time that people must address multiple issues at once as their lives undergo major changes. New York residents who are in the process of divorcing may wish to review estate plans in order to ensure that one's final wishes reflect those life changes.

Estate planning can succeed with follow-through and preparation

According to financial advisors, the vast majority of one's final wishes do not come to fruition. The two main reasons why estate planning fails are lack of preparation on the part of heirs and failing to follow through on plan details or updates. New York residents who are seeking to embark on preparing these documents may benefit from more information to ensure successful execution of their wishes.