The Complete Guide
to Legal Planning for
New York Parents

The first and only book on family legal planning written specifically for
New York parents


Is your family legally and financially protected?

If something happens to you, a good legal plan may be all that stands between your family and a world of trouble.  The Complete Guide to Legal Planning for New York Parents is a step-by-step, practical guide of everything you need to know and everything you need to do to make sure your family is taken care of if tragedy strikes.

You’ll discover:

  • How to make sure your kids would be taken care of by the person of your choice.
  • Why you should never leave assets directly to your children.
  • How to prevent your kids from having access to their inheritance when they turn 18.
  • How much life insurance you need and what type of policy to buy.
  • Whether you need to worry about estate taxes . . . and how to avoid them.

Whether you’re new to parenthood and living on a shoestring, or have four kids and a taxable estate, this handy guide has you covered.  You’ll even find diagrams and checklists so you can start protecting your family right away!


Attorney Shannon P. McNulty has a boutique estate planning practice in New York City and has helped hundreds of parents put protections in place for their families.

Ms. McNulty graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and received her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law. She has also earned the CFP® designation from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards.

Ms. McNulty has appeared on MSNBC as a legal commentator about celebrity estates.  She is regularly asked to present to industry associations and women’s groups on various estate planning topics and has published extensively on legal strategies for protecting assets, minimizing taxes, and providing for loved ones.  Before opening her own practice, Ms. McNulty practiced law at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and completed a judicial clerkship for a U.S. District Court Judge of the Southern District of New York.