Wills, Health Care Proxies, Coop and Condo Transactions
Additional Attorney Services
Our lawyers not only provide advice regarding short and long term disability claims, life and health insurance coverage and other employee benefits, but also provide a variety of other personal, estate and financial planning services. While disability or a severe medical illness may make a will or health care proxy more pressing, such life planning paperwork is important for all individuals, regardless of age or health status:
- Preparation and Execution of Wills: If you own an apartment or home, or have invested significant funds into bank, money-market, mutual fund or other such investment accounts, it is generally advisable to have a current will. A will is an important planning tool for young and old alike. Optimally, wills should be prepared when you are in good health, but such planning may become particularly important for those facing health insurance disputes and disability claim denials. Failure to have a will may result in delays in the distribution of your estate, higher taxes, disputes among family and friends about your wishes, and other problems. We can review your estate planning goals with you and prepare a will that best meets those goals.
- Health Care Proxies, Powers of Attorney, Medical Directives: A health care proxy allows you to designate a friend or family member to make decisions about your care or treatment — while a power of attorney does the same thing with regard to your legal and financial affairs — in the event that you become physically or mentally incapacitated. You may also wish to state specific medical directives about the kinds of treatment that you desire (or wish to be withheld), or about whether you prefer burial or cremation. Written statements about your designated decision-makers or personal preferences may avoid confusion and disputes about your wishes when you are no longer able to communicate those wishes yourself. We can help you prepare health care proxies, powers of attorney, and medical directives to carry out your wishes.
- Cooperative Apartment, Condominium Apartment and Other Real Estate Transactions: If you are considering the purchase or sale of property in New York City or the New York City area, we can guide you through the completion of the transaction. We can review cooperative and condominium plan documents, prepare and review the sales contract, communicate with the other parties to your transaction (such as your real estate agent, your bank, the coop board, and the attorney for the person on the other side of the transaction) to facilitate the prompt completion of your purchase/sale, and represent you at the closing.
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