Wills, Trusts, & Probate
An estate is the total property, real and personal, owned by an individual prior to distribution through a trust or will. Real property is real estate and personal property includes everything else, for example cars, household items, and bank accounts.
Estate planning distributes the real and personal property to an individual’s heirs.
Wills and trusts are common ways in which individuals dispose of their wealth. Trusts, unlike wills, have the benefit of avoiding probate, a lengthy and costly legal process that oversees the transfer of assets.
A competent New York Estate Planning lawyer can be quite helpful in these areas.