Ronald Fatoullah & Associates - Elder Law

Know the requirements for wills in New York

Making sure that your loved ones are cared for is probably a priority in your life. One option that you have to do this is to write out a will that enables you to take care of them after you pass away. In order for the will to be upheld in New York courts, it must meet certain specifications.

In this state, you must be an adult who has sound memory and a sound mind in order to write out a will. This means that you are 18 years old or older. It means that you can remember the impacts that the terms of your will are going to have when you pass away and that you fully understand them.

Your will must be typed out in New York. When you sign the will, you need to have two witnesses present. They must attest to the fact that you signed the will. Have them sign the bottom of the document and ask them to write their home address on it. The terms of the will must be clear, and it must be made clear that you want these terms enforced.

Unless you are in the military at a time of armed conflict, you can't have an oral will or a handwritten will. Be sure that you don't try to use one of those because it won't be considered valid by the court.

Failing to ensure that your will complies with these can mean that you die intestate. This means that your assets will be distributed according to state law instead of your wishes. If you want to have the control to ensure your assets go to specific loved ones, be sure that you create a valid will right away.

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