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Elder Law in NYC 2024

Elder Law in NYC 2024: Navigating Legal Challenges with Morgan Legal Group As 2024 approaches, navigating the complexities of elder law in New York City

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Probate in New York
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Probate in New York 2024

Comprehensive Guide to Probate in New York 2024 As we step into 2024, the probate process in New York City continues to be a pivotal

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Estate Planning
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Estate Planning in New York 2024

Estate Planning in New York 2024: A Comprehensive Guide by Morgan Legal Group The landscape of estate planning in New York is ever-evolving, with 2024

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Article 81 Guardianship New York
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Article 81 Guardianship New York 2024

Article 81 Guardianship in New York Article 81 guardianship in New York plays a crucial role in safeguarding the interests of incapacitated individuals. As we

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Is trust better than inheritance?
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Is trust better than inheritance?

Is Trust Better Than Inheritance in New York? When planning to transfer assets to future generations in New York, individuals often decide between establishing a

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Can I do my own probate?
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Can I do my probate?

Can I Handle Probate on My Own in New York? Probate is the legal process of validating a will and administering the estate of a

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An Overview Of Elder Law In 2024
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An Overview Of Elder Law In 2024

An Overview of Elder Law in New York 2024 Elder Law is a specialized legal field that addresses the unique needs and challenges faced by

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How do I organize my estate documents?
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How do I organize my estate documents?

Organizing Your Estate Documents in New York Organizing your estate documents is a crucial aspect of responsible financial planning and ensuring that your wishes are

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Who decides if probate is needed?
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Who decides if probate is needed?

Who Decides If Probate Is Needed in New York? The probate process plays a crucial role in estate administration, but not all estates require it.

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LGBTQ Divorce in New York
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LGBTQ Divorce in New York 2024

LGBTQ Divorce in New York Divorce is a complex and emotional process for anyone, but for LGBTQ couples, it can come with its own set

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Elder Law in New York
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Elder Law in New York 2024

Explore the latest updates and changes in Elder Law for 2024 in New York. As we enter 2024, it’s essential to stay informed about the

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Original Copy of a Will

Regarding estate planning, one of the fundamental documents is the last will and testament. It outlines an individual’s wishes regarding the distribution of their assets and properties after passing. One common question arises: “Who keeps the original copy of a will?” In this article, Morgan Legal Group PLLP sheds light on the importance of the original will, the role of different parties, and the proper safekeeping of this crucial document.

The Significance of the Original Will

The original copy of a will holds significant legal value. It is the primary evidence of the testator’s intentions and decisions regarding their estate. Courts and legal authorities rely on the original will to validate its authenticity and enforce the distribution of assets as per the testator’s wishes.

The Role of the Executor

An executor is a person named in the will responsible for carrying out the deceased individual’s wishes. Among their duties is the responsibility to locate and safeguard the original will. Executors play a crucial role in the probate process, which involves validating the will and overseeing the distribution of assets to beneficiaries.

Safekeeping by the Testator

While it’s common for the executor to hold the original will, some individuals prefer to keep the original will in a safe place themselves. This can be a safe deposit box, a fireproof safe at home, or with an attorney. However, this approach can present challenges if the will’s location is unknown or accessible to the executor and beneficiaries after the testator’s passing.

The Role of the Attorney

Many individuals choose to entrust their original will to their attorney. Attorneys specializing in estate planning can provide safekeeping services for essential documents, including wills. By keeping the original will in their possession, attorneys ensure that the document is properly preserved and its location is known to the executor and beneficiaries.

Ensuring Access and Transparency

Regardless of who holds the original will, it’s essential to ensure that the document’s location is known to key individuals. The executor should have access to the original will, as well as instructions on how to retrieve it. Transparent communication about the will’s location can prevent delays and confusion during the probate process.

Each jurisdiction may have specific legal requirements for the safekeeping of original wills. It’s important to consult with an experienced estate planning attorney to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations. Properly executed and stored wills can help avoid legal disputes and challenges in the future.

At Morgan Legal Group PLLP, we understand the importance of safeguarding your last will and testament. Our experienced estate planning attorneys provide comprehensive guidance on will execution, safekeeping, and estate administration. Whether you keep the original will with us or have other preferences, we can tailor our services to meet your needs. Contact us today to ensure the proper handling of your estate planning documents.

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