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When Is It Appropriate to End a Guardianship for an Adult with Developmental Disabilities?

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

In New York, a guardianship may be established for a developmentally disabled person who reaches adulthood. A parent commonly seeks appointment as guardian, which allows them to continue managing the person and property of their child into adulthood. At the same time, however, the child does retain certain basic legal rights, including the ability… Read More »

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The Role of a Guardian ad Litem in the Probate of New York Estates

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

When a probate matter is pending before a New York Surrogate’s Court, all “interested parties” have a right to be notified and to appear in the case. An interested party is basically anyone who stands to benefit from the decision to admit, or not admit, the Will. This commonly includes the children of the… Read More »

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How Far Can New York Officials Go in Forcing Me to Repay Medicaid Benefits?

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

Many elderly New Yorkers depend on state Medicaid benefits to pay for their health care. But Medicaid always comes with strings attached. One of them is that if agency officials later decide they overpaid your benefits, they can take any necessary legal action to force you to repay Medicaid. Of course, you still have… Read More »

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Dealing with Paternity Claims During the Probate of a New York Estate

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

Contrary to what you might think from watching movies and television, it is actually quite uncommon for anyone to contest a Will. For one thing, not just anyone can challenge the validity of a Will. Under New York law, only those persons “whose interest in property or in the estate of the testator would… Read More »

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DO YOU OWN THE MINERAL RIGHTS ON YOUR PROPERTY IN MAHOPAC?

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

If you live in Mahopac, You most likely do not own the mineral rights for minerals that may be found on your property.  For most homeowners, they don’t know or don’t care about mineral rights; however, in Colonial times, the Red Mills area of what is now Mahopac was well known for large deposits… Read More »

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WHAT EVERY HOME BUYER NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT H2O

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

As any homeowner knows and every prospective new home owner should know, water can be the source of more problems in a home than anything else.  Whether it is drinking water, waste water, storm water, ground water, ice, ponds, streams, etc., water has the potential to cause many very expensive problems for a homeowner…. Read More »

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New York Powers of Attorney and Statutory Gift Riders

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

A power of attorney is a legal document giving someone the authority to act as your “agent” for purposes of spending your money or otherwise disposing of your property. Your agent may only exercise the authority you grant in the power of attorney. This means that you can give the agent broad or limited… Read More »

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How can I sign my Estate Planning documents?

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

New York is currently at the center of the Covid-19 pandemic. This has forced state agencies, including courts and law offices, to make certain adjustments to their normal procedures. As you probably know, Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued a series of executive orders closing certain businesses and modifying how others need to function during… Read More »

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A Special Message to our Clients and Colleagues

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

With the evolving situation surrounding Coronavirus (COVID-19), Meyer & Spencer, PC is fully committed to the safety and health of our clients, our employees and our community, while ensuring minimal disruption to our work and client service. We hope everyone is safe during this unprecedented time. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those… Read More »

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When Does an Estate Have to Pay the Deceased Person’s Debts?

By Meyer & Spencer, P.C. |

A subject that often comes up in the probate of New York estates is the payment of debts. After all, your death does not automatically extinguish any creditor claims against you. Instead, your creditors may file a claim with the executor or administrator of your estate demanding payment. But there are certain time limits… Read More »

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