Estate Planning

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Cemetery Frequently Asked Questions
From the New York State Department of State.
Cemetery Property Transfer
Application instructions from NYS Department of State, Division of Cemeteries. PDF.
Disposition of Remains
From the New York State Department of Health.
Estate Planning Assistance
"Clinics are offered to low income individuals and families to provide one on one assistance with completing your end of life documents Legal Project staff, volunteer attorneys, and paralegals offer advice and assistance in completing end of life legal documents including wills, living wills, health care proxies, and powers of attorney. Notaries and witnesses are provided to execute the documents at the end of the client's session." From New Yort State Office of the Aging.
Estate Planning Checklist
"25 Things You Can Do to Get Your Estate in Order" - PDF from
Getting Your Affairs In Order and A Guide for Survivors
"It is surprising how many important papers and legal documents you can accumulate over a lifetime. Having everything in order will help your survivors make important decisions should anything happen to you. But what information will they need, and what will be expected of them? This booklet can help guide you. The first section discusses what you can do now to ensure your loved ones will have the information they need in the future. The second section is directed to your survivors. By taking some time today to prepare for the future, you will make a difficult time a little less uncertain." From the New York State and Local Retirement System.
New York State Division of Cemeteries
Includes Find a Cemetery (Alphabetical); Find a Cemetery by County; Find a Crematory by County. Also includes Cemetery Complaint Form; and Pet Cemetery & Pet Crematorium. From the New York State Department of State.
Report a Death
From the New York State Teachers' Retirement System.
When a Loved One Passes
PDF. Who to notify. From the New York State Teachers' Retirement System
Safe Deposit Box Petition Program
"The Safe Deposit Box Petition free DIY Form program is used to ask the Surrogate's Court to see what is in the safe deposit box of a person who died."

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