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A Power of Attorney is a very important and useful estate planning tool. But it is also a very dangerous one. A Will is effective only upon your death and then only when approved by the Surrogate’s Court. But a power of attorney is effective upon proper completion. It enables the person to whom it

In our previous entry we discussed the various ways that we can give our property can pass to others outside the terms of a valid Will or even if there is no Will at all (intestacy).  Once understood, you can next consider your testamentary wishes and how to best give them effect.

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What is a lawyerly answer to this most basic of estate planning questions? Simple, “yes and no.”

Now that I hope to have amused you, allow me to explain the rationale behind the lawyerly answer of “yes and no.” All attorneys understand from experience that for every generalization he or she might make, there are