Nicholas Samuel Ratush

Nicholas Samuel Ratush

Individualized estate plan prepared for each client...
  • Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law ...
  • Massachusetts, New York
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Nicholas S. Ratush, Esq., is licensed to practice before State and Federal Courts of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New York.

Nicholas Ratush believes that effective client representation starts with a thorough examination of every detail of a case. That process often leads him to discover the vital pieces of information that are essential to develop highly effective strategies for dealing with the issues presented.

Nicholas was born in Kiev, Ukraine and grew up in New York. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Pace University majoring in Information Systems. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Brooklyn Law School in 2005 and has been practicing law since 2006. He also achieved his Master of Laws degree from the New York Law School with a concentration in Tax Law / Estate Planning.

Preparing for every contingency, Nicholas knows being prepared to win at trial is the best way to keep clients out of court. He brings to client relationships a rare combination of personality traits: an aggressive litigator who nonetheless has both the ability and the inclination to resolve matters outside of the courtroom. Nicholas is passionate about giving his clients a voice while protecting their rights.

For clients who are facing legal concerns with growing a business, seeking venture capital, dealing with contract disputes or employment law matters conflicts, Nicholas provides personally tailored solutions backed by practical experience.

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New York Law School
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Professional Associations
State Bar of Massachusetts
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New York State Bar  # 4387759
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers
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New York
New York State Office of Court Administration
ID Number: 4387759
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Practice Areas
Estate Planning
Trusts, Wills
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Elder Law
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
  • Russian: Spoken, Written
Legal Answers
Q. Who gets IRA payout when someone dies without beneficiary in IRA but with a will and living trust? Can it go to trust?
A: Typically the default beneficiary, when one isn't designated, is the estate of the decedent. This means that you will probably have to go through probate.

1) Confirm this with the financial institution what documents they will require to access the funds;

2) Contact your local court and / or local attorney to get appointed as executor, personal representative etc.

3) Talk to a tax attorney about strategies for taking the money out of the IRA once you are appointed. There are options and some are more advantageous.
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Nicholas S. Ratush, P.C.
98 Lower Westfield Rd - Ste 101
Holyoke, MA 01040
Toll-Free: (413) 213-5701
Monday: 8:30 AM - 2 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 2 PM
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 2 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM
Saturday: Closed (Today)
Sunday: Closed
Notice: Additional times by appointment and zoom / telephone conference are available upon request.
2271 E 12TH ST