What Options are Available to Avoid Probate in Bronx?

What Options are Available to Avoid Probate in Bronx?

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Probate is process that should be avoided by all means if you want your beneficiaries to get your assets in time without going through so much hardship. One of the common and best ways to prevent the probate process is by setting up a will; however, there are other available options.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the available options to avoid probate in Bronx. However, before we proceed, let us take a brief look at what probate is.

What is Probate?

Probate is a legal process carried out to determine the authenticity of a will and administer a deceased’s estate after death. The probate process can be time-consuming, stressful, and costly. So, it would be wise to create an estate plan that bypasses this process.

Below are some available options to avoid probate in Bronx.

Options Available to Avoid Probate in Bronx

If you wish to avoid the probate process in Bronx, you can select from the below options. Contact a competent attorney for advice.

Living Trust

In Bronx, New York, you can set up a living will to bypass probate for any asset you own, such as real estate, bank accounts, vehicles, etc. You need to create a trust document (it is like a will), designating someone to assume the position of trustee after your death (called successor trustee). Then, you must transfer ownership of your property to yourself as the trustee of the trust. As soon as all that is done, the property will be controlled by the terms used to set up the trust. Upon your death, your successor will be able to transfer it to the trust beneficiaries without the usual probate process.

Joint ownership

If you own a property jointly with another individual, and this ownership includes the “right of survivorship,” then whoever is alive between the two owners automatically owns the property when one dies. Probate is not necessary in this case to transfer the property, although it will involve some paperwork to indicate that title to the property is held solely by the surviving owner.

In Bronx City, New York, these forms of joint ownership are available:

Joint tenancy: Property owned in joint tenancy is automatically transferred to the surviving owner when one kicks the bucket. Probate isn’t required to facilitate the process. Joint tenancy is often ideal when couples (married or not) procure real estate, vehicle, bank accounts, or other valuable property together. In New York, each owner, regarding as joint tenant, must own the same share.

Tenancy by the entirety: this type of joint ownership is similar to joint tenancy. However, it is allowed only for married couples in Bronx, New York. In Bronx City, New York, tenancy by the entirety is allowed just for just real estate.

Payable-on-Death Designations for Bank Accounts

In Bronx, New York, you can include a “payable-on-death (POD) designation to bank accounts like savings accounts or certificates of deposit. You still have control over the money in the account, your payable-on-death designation beneficiary has zero rights to the money, and you can splash all the money if you desire. Upon your death, the beneficiary can claim the funds directly from the bank without the probate process.

Transfer-on-Death Registration for Securities

New York allows you to register stocks and bonds in transfer-on-death (TOD) form. Individuals usually hold brokerage accounts like this. If you register an account in transfer-on-death form, the beneficiary you designate will inherit the account automatically after your demise. The probate process is not required. The beneficiary will transact directly with the brokerage company to transfer the account.

Worthy to note is that, if you fail to plan to avoid probate, your estate may qualify for New York’s simplified “small estate” probate process. If you need more details regarding the simplified probate procedure, contact us.

You can also contact our office if you have questions regarding the options available to avoid probate in Bronx, or if you need a probate attorney. Our probate attorneys are experienced and versed in matters regarding probate and can help in ensuring that the probate process is done without any hindrance.



DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. The content of this blog may not reflect the most current legal developments. No attorney-client relationship is formed by reading this blog or contacting Morgan Legal Group.

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