Thanks for taking the time to find out about our connection to Harrison, New York. Here at the Law Offices of Mary A. Miller, P.C., we take our commitment to our neighbors in Harrison to heart. A delightful town in Westchester County, Harrison is only 22 miles from Manhattan. With a population of more than 27,000, in 2014 Harrison was ranked as one of the top 10 places to live in New York. Harrison is also known for its wealth, with the median sale price for homes at more than $1.2 million, just below Chappaqua.
An easy commute to New York City
Harrison offers an easygoing and relaxed atmosphere, as well as an easy commute to the Big Apple. With a diversified population and magnificent homes, Harrison residents enjoy its lively downtown neighborhoods. Shopping is convenient as well as a unique offering of restaurants, entertainment, recreation and more.
Families can find a great many reasons to stay in Harrison, with its exceptional school system that is nationally recognized and its recreation department providing indoor and outdoor sporting programs for children and adults. Indeed, Harrison has established a Youth Council, a not-for-profit corporation that is dedicated to improving the lives of its youth.
The Harrison Youth Council does great things
Part of the mission of the Harrison Youth Council is to reduce the use of harmful substances by youth in the community, including alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. The council is also committed to providing its youth with the necessary social skills to appropriately cope with the pressures and challenges they face in life. By accomplishing these goals, one child at a time, the Harrison Youth Counsel strives to create a more stable and stronger community.
Harrison residents — it is not too early to start your estate planning
Have you ever wondered when you should begin your estate planning? Is it ever too late? Perhaps more important – is it ever too early to begin your planning? It’s not uncommon to see many people wait until they are close to retirement to begin to take estate planning seriously. While it is satisfying to see them begin their efforts to protect themselves and their loved ones, there is no denying that most would have much more latitude in their available options had they started years earlier. That, of course, leads to one question: is it ever too early to begin your estate planning in New York? Any Harrison estate planning attorney will tell you it is never too late to undertake some planning efforts.
The importance of protecting your family
If you passed away tomorrow, would your family be protected? Would assets transfer ownership to them right away, or would there be a delay of several months to a year while they waited for the probate process to play out? These are all questions that you need to ask yourself as you consider estate planning and how it can impact your family’s future security in the event that something happens to you. When you die, your family will be grief-stricken, lost, and confused. The least you can do is ensure that they are financially cared for so that their pain isn’t magnified by a protracted settling of your estate.
Security for you in case of incapacity
It is important to think about the possibility of incapacity in the future. Have you considered how your interests – and those of your loved ones – will be protected if you suffer an injury or illness that leaves you incapable of managing your own affairs? Oh sure – you might think that incapacitation is something that only happens to other people. To be honest, pretty much everyone assumes that until it happens to them. Here’s the thing that you have to remember, though — it can happen to anyone, and it often happens with no warning.
What happens if you are not prepared?
If you’re not prepared with a will, durable power of attorney and living will, then you could be leaving the management of your financial and medical affairs to someone chosen by a judge. You could also be subjecting your estate to the costs associated with paying for a court-ordered guardianship – costs that you could have avoided with just a little prior planning and the designation of an agent-in-fact to handle your affairs during your period of incapacity.
If you have questions regarding wills, powers of attorney or any other estate planning matters, please contact the experienced attorneys at the Law Offices of Mary A. Miller, P.C. for a consultation. You can contact us either online or by calling us at (914) 939-6565. We are here to help!