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Understanding the steps of probate court

When a person makes a will in New York or another state, they commonly name an executor to carry out probate. Opening probate even when it isn't required can be beneficial because it settles the estate debt and reduces the time a creditor has to file claims. Several...

Determining the interested parties in a will contest

After someone dies with a will in New York, the document must be filed with the court to be validated. People who believe that the will is invalid for some reason may file an objection to it to start a will contest. However, individuals who are contesting the validity...

Understanding the Role of Executor

Choosing an executor is one of the most important decisions you will make when you put together or update your estate plan. You want someone who is highly trustworthy and can be counted on to distribute your assets according to the terms of the will, even if claimants...

4 Common Subcontractors Licensing Violations

Several states require subcontractors to be licensed in order to perform certain services. In New York, asbestos handling contractors and crane operators need to be licensed at the state level while general contractors must be licensed if they work in Buffalo, New...

For Cause vs. For Convenience Contracts: An Overview

If you’re a construction professional, there will be times when you may need to terminate a contracted relationship. Perhaps you (or the other party) ran into financial difficulties or a dispute arose over the quality of the work. Other common reasons for early...

5 Examples of a Hostile Work Environment

You have the right to feel comfortable and safe at work, but unfortunately, too many employees experience intimidation, belittling, and harassment. In August 2017, nonprofit think tank RAND released a study suggesting that approximately one in five US workers...

What Happens If You Pass Away Without a Will?

A lot of New Yorkers put off creating a will. Some believe that they haven’t accumulated enough personal wealth to make it necessary while others tell themselves that they’ll wait until they have children. It’s likely that many more hold back because they don’t like...