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170 Mason Street, Greenwich, CT 06830

Metro New York estate planning attorney

COVID-19 has dramatically impacted people’s lives throughout the United States and across the world. From employment concerns, to childcare, to legal matters, almost every facet of our lives has been affected. Finding a way to work around COVID-related restrictions has taken a good deal of ingenuity and flexibility. Many people are being asked to adapt to new ways of handling business and legal matters. Fortunately, Connecticut has made estate planning, real estate, and other legal procedures slightly easier to accomplish by allowing remote notarizations.

Notarizations May Be Conducted Virtually

Having a document notarized ensures that the document is not fraudulent or falsified. Traditionally, having a document notarized involves going to a notary, or an individual with special permission to act as a witness, confirming your identity, and then signing the document in front of him or her. However, stay-at-home orders and social distancing needs have made it difficult to have things notarized in the traditional capacity. Fortunately, Connecticut is allowing documents to be notarized virtually depending on the type of legal matter.

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Greenwich, CT will, trust, and probate attorney

You may be surprised to learn that about 6 out of 10 U.S. adults do not have a will. There are a multitude of benefits associated with creating a last will and testament, but many Americans procrastinate creating a will, trust, or other estate planning documents until it is too late. Understandably, it can be uncomfortable to consider what will happen to your assets when you pass away. However, dying without an estate plan, called dying intestate, places a huge burden on your loved ones and takes away the ability to make your own decisions about how your property is passed down to heirs. If you are ready to start creating an estate plan, you may wonder, “What is the difference between a will and a trust?” Both of these estate planning tools carry certain advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to make an informed decision about the type of estate planning documents you use.

Last Will and Testament

When most people think of estate planning, they usually think of the term "last will and testament." Creating a will allows you to decide how your assets are distributed to heirs and eliminates the responsibility put on family members. A will also allows you to assign guardianship of minor children if something should happen to you and your children’s other parent. Without a will or other estate planning document, your property will be allocated according to state law. A last will and testament takes effect when the testator, or person who created the will, passes away. Unlike trusts, property passing under the terms of a will requires probate. Probate is the legal process during which:

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