Estates

Co-Ownership of Real Property: Different Forms for Different Situations

Posted on October 19, 2011

Real property is often purchased by or conveyed to multiple owners – such as when a married couple buys a home.   When such a transaction occurs, there are a number of different ownership forms that can be selected from (by the purchasers, in the case of real estate transactions, or by the testator when he or she is drafting a will containing a devise of real property), each of which will affect the rights of the individuals in the ownershipRead More

Blind Persons Cannot Serve as Witnesses to Execution of Wills

Posted on October 13, 2011

In order for a will to be valid, a bevy of formal, technical requirements must be exactingly complied with.  Among these is the rule, codified in EPTL 3-2.1(a), that the testator’s signature at the end of the will must be made in the presence of at least two witnesses (or, if signed outside the presence of witnesses, presented to at least two witnesses and acknowledged to them as his or her signature on their last will and testament).  The witnessRead More