Wills, Trusts, Estates & Probate Lawyer

New York Trusts and Estates Attorney Helping You Plan

Preserving your family’s wealth for future generations

It does not matter if you’re preparing the details of your future healthcare or organizing assistance for your family upon your death, Richard Cary Spivack is a New York estate attorney who will assist with all of the areas associated with trust and Estate issues, including:

  • Estate planning
  • Wills drafting
  • Living trusts
  • Estate Administration
  • Real Estate Transfers
  • Power of Attorney
  • Guardianships
  • Health Care Proxies & Living wills
  • Probate Disputes

Securing your legacy

You work hard for your family, so knowing that you have planned for their long-term well-being and financial security can bring you comfort.  I thoroughly analyze your estate and strategize the best means of transferring your assets, minimizing taxes, establishing guardianship for your children, caring for your pets, supporting personal philanthropic causes and protecting your loved ones.

Draft your living will and last will and testament

A will is essential at every stage of your life. Your health care proxy & living will sets the parameters for medical intervention should you become incapacitated. This assures that when you are most vulnerable, your wishes will be honored. Your last will provides the opportunity to distribute your property, establish care for your children and otherwise express your wishes upon your death.

A will is necessary if you intend to leave property to a person or entity other than a blood relative, such as a domestic partner, a friend or a charity. If you die without a will, the court determines how your property is distributed, who cares for your children and even what happens to your pet – making decisions that might not reflect your desires. I can draft valid wills that ensure your intentions are honored.

Changing your will

As your life changes, so might your estate plan. You may need to update your will throughout your life. I draft valid codicils that address changes in your financial situation, marital status, number of children, philanthropic interests and general lifestyle decisions.


The process of probate typically accompanies a painful emotional loss. I can ease the stress of probating the estate. I assist executors in all steps of the complex process of probating a will in New York probate court, including:

  • Creating a plan of action to probate the estate fairly and expeditiously
  • Filing the will with the New York probate court
  • Locating beneficiaries & next of kin
  • Hiring professionals and experts when necessary
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Paying taxes and other debts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate

Probate Disputes

The stress of a probate dispute can compound the pain of losing a loved one. When disputes arise, my composed courtroom demeanor can calm the emotionally charged process of challenging an invalid will or defending a valid will against erroneous claims made by unhappy beneficiaries. If you choose to preserve amiable family relationships, I can skillfully mediate disputes to reach just and equitable resolutions with your loved ones. When necessary, I assertively defend your beneficiary rights within the New York probate court.

Contact Richard Cary Spivack – An Experienced Wills, Trusts, Estates & Probate Lawyer

For estate planning, probate disputes, Trusts & Living Wills in Forest Hills and throughout Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties, call Richard Cary Spivack at 718.544.1000 or contact me online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Richard Cary Spivack is conveniently located in Forest Hills on Queens Blvd. near Union Turnpike. He is close to the Queens Criminal Courthouse. His practice serves clients throughout Brooklyn, Queens & Long Island