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About Inheritance Law By Zip Code

Why this site exists, and who created it.

What New York Residents Need to Know About Inheritance Law

Here is an overview of how this site works and what articles you'll find most useful. It can be confusing to sort out the process, the taxes, and the issues that arise after someone's death. This site will help.

Does New York Collect Estate or Inheritance Tax?

Only a few states collect their own estate or inheritance tax. Find out if New York collects either (or both) taxes on the estate after someone has died.

What New York Residents Need To Know About Federal Capital Gains Taxes

When beneficiaries inherit assets, those assets generally receive what's called a "step up"in basis. Understand how this saves beneficiaries taxes on appreciated assets.

What's New for 2016 for Federal and State Estate, Inheritance, and Gift Tax Law

Find out what's changed in 2016 for inheritance law.

Who Inherits When Your Spouse or Parent Dies Without a Will?

Each state has rules, called the laws of intestacy, that determine how to divide property when a spouse dies without a Will. Read this article to find out who inherits if a spouse or parent dies without a Will in New York.

How Probate Works in New York

Each state has its own rules about probate. Find out how they do it in New York.

How to Handle a Small Estate in New York

Small estates don't have to go through probate to be distributed. Find out what New York's limit is for this small estates procedure.

Who Manages Property Inherited by Children in New York?

Children can't inherit more than a small amount of property directly. Find out how New York allows you to handle a minor's inheritance.

How to Get a Tax ID Number for a Trust or Estate in New York

In order to settle an estate or a trust, you'll need to get a tax identification number for it. Find out how to do it.

How to Inherit Life Insurance in New York

Learn how to find and claim proceeds under life insurance policies.

How to Inherit Retirement Assets in New York

Inheriting retirement assets can be tricky. Learn about how these assets are taxed and what your withdrawal options are.

How to Inherit Joint Tenancy Property in New York

Joint tenants automatically inherit an asset when the other joint tenant dies. Learn more about how joint tenancy assets are distributed.

What Is a Will?

A Will is the most basic estate planning document. Find out more about Wills.

What is a Living Trust?

A living trust avoids the necessity of probate before an estate can be distributed. Learn more about living trusts.

What is an "Estate"? What is a "Small Estate"?

Learn the basics about how probate works and how you can avoid it.

Executor, Trustee: What's the Difference?

Executors and Trustees settle estates. Learn more about what each job entails and what responsibilities each requires.

How to Order Certified Copies of a Death Certificate

After someone dies, you'll need multiple copies of a certified death certificate to get things done. Find out how to order one in New York.

What's the Difference between Real and Personal Property?

When people die, they own different kinds of property. Learn more about the difference between "real" and "personal" property.

What States Recognize Common Law Marriages?

Read this article to find out which states recognize common law marriages.

What Rights Do Creditors Have?

Creditors have a right to get paid after someone dies. Learn more about creditor's rights.

What New York residents need to know about state capital gains taxes

Some states collect their own capital gains taxes. Learn how it works in New York.

What is Homestead and Exempt Property and What's a Family Allowance?

Learn about how families can stay supported during a probate proceeding.

What is a Custodial Account?

Custodial accounts are easy ways to manage money for minor children. Learn more about how to open, manage, and distribute custodial accounts for minors.

What Taxes Need to Be Filed After Someone Dies?

There are several different taxes that need to be filed after there's been a death. Learn more about which taxes to file and how to file them.

The Different Varieties of Life Insurance

Life insurance comes in a variety of forms. Read this article to find out more about life insurance policies.

Special Options for Surviving Spouses Who Inherit Retirement Accounts

Surviving spouses don't have to go through probate, usually. Learn more about probate alternatives for surviving spouses.

How to Inherit Payable on Death Accounts in New York

Payable on death accounts transfer directly to named beneficiaries and avoid probate. Learn more about how to use payable on death accounts to avoid probate.

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