Testimonials for Law Offices of James Yastion, PLLC

James is a very solid human being whom I am glad I have had the pleasure of working with on a couple of occasions.  His historically impressive space is fitting for his eloquent, professional manner. — Billy (business law)   James is an excellent attorney.  I have used him forRead More »

Estate Planning with Joint Bank Accounts – Beware!

A lot of estate planning clients I meet with have enough of a working knowledge of estate planning to know that they want to “avoid probate.”  They’ve also heard that joint accounts can accomplish this goal. They are correct in theory, but the devil is in the details. There areRead More »

Tips for buying a home in the Hudson Valley

The top 10 things you need to know when buying real estate. 1. Don’t buy if you can’t stay put. If you can’t commit to remaining in your home for at least a few years, then owning is probably not for you, at least not yet. With the transaction costsRead More »

Is a Revocable Trust Right for You?

There is a myth out there, propagated by some, that “Wills are obsolete.” The revocable trust (also called a living trust), these people will say, is the only estate planning solution. I think I speak for most New York practitioners in saying that not only is this not true, butRead More »

Five Tips for Selecting an Estate Planning Attorney

Finding A New York Probate and Estate Planning Lawyer Choosing an estate planning attorney could be considered as important a decision as where to live, where to go to school, and who to marry, so it is a decision that should be made deliberately with the best information at hand.  ToRead More »

Retirement Assets in Trust – Pros and Pitfalls

If you have retirement assets, it is important to have a carefully considered plan in place for the disposition of those assets at death, which may involve changes to the beneficiary designation and/or directing those assets into a trust.  Beware though, since ensuring the transfer goes smoothly requires careful planning.Read More »

Estate Planning For Same-Sex Couples after DOMA

The Supreme Court’s recent decision in United States v. Windsor, 570 U.S. ____ (2013) (Docket No. 12-307) has far reaching impacts on estate planning for same-sex couples in the United States.   As a result, now more than ever, there is a need for careful estate planning for same-sex married couples.Read More »