A man who fell during a football game between the Chicago Bears and the Philadelphia Eagles died this past Sunday. The death has been ruled an “accident” by the coroners office. The deceased man was Stuart Haverty, 23, who was from Chicago and the cause of his death was multiple injuries from a fall. Around 5pm while the game was in motion, Haverty fell from the upper level of the Bears’ Soldier Field to the ground outside the stadium. This tragedy calls to mind a similar incident that occurred in July, where a fan tried to catch a foul ball at a Texas Rangers game in Arlington, Texas. The man fell 30 feet injuring himself and four others. Read Article
The tragedy of these sports fans stresses the importance of proper will and estate planning in the event that you should pass away unexpectedly. Under New York law, to be valid a will must be signed by an adult testator (or with someone’s help), in the presence of the 2 witnesses or alone, provided he later shows the signature to the witnesses and acknowledges that it is his signature. The will must also be in writing and the signature must be at the end of the document. Finally, the testator must publish that the document is a will by establishing that the document is in fact their last will and testament. If these will formalities are not abided, then the document will not be admitted into probate and has no effect.
The attorneys at Leeds, Morelli & Brown, P.C. have worked with a variety of families in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Bronx, and Staten Island to probate wills. For questions regarding estate planning, please contact an attorney at the Leeds Morelli & Brown P.C. law firm for a free consultation at 1-888-556-2529.