Accessing a Deceased Relative’s Residence After Death

If you are in the position of taking care of the affairs of a recently deceased relative, you may find that their house or apartment has been sealed by the police. This is commonly done when the police are notified of a person's death and the home or apartment has no other occupants. This is […]

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What Are Probate Assets?

When a person passes away and leaves behind assets in his or her name, his or her heirs must begin the estate administration (if there is no will) or probate process (if there was a will) to handle the distribution of the property.  During the administration or probate process, a decedent’s property is collected, debts […]

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Duties Of An Executor In A New York Probate Matter

You go to an estate planning attorney to draw up your will and know exactly who gets what when you pass away.  Then the lawyer asks you who you want to be the executor of your will, and you ask the most logical of questions: “What is an Executor?”, or, perhaps, you have been named […]

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Removing The Executor of An Estate In NYS & NYC

What is the Executor of an Estate? An executor is a person specified in a will to handle administrative tasks on behalf of the estate.  The primary responsibilities of an executor include collecting assets, paying valid debts, paying taxes, and accounting to the beneficiaries and distributing the net assets to the beneficiaries.  An executor can […]

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Compelling the Production of a Decedent’s Will in New York

Your long-ill mother dies after spending years in a nursing home.  She leaves behind a sizeable estate and, for years leading up to her death, had talked with both you and your two siblings about how she was intending on dividing her property and assets upon her death equally between the three of you.  You […]

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I Have Been Disinherited: What Are My Rights?

Being left out of a will can come as a shock. People are often left feeling powerless and confused when they learn that they have been disinherited improperly. So what are the rights of someone who has been disinherited? After having represented many people in that situation, I will attempt to discuss the steps in […]

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Estate Taxes: Will Your Estate Be Taxed At Death?

As the saying goes, “nothing is certain but death and taxes.” In the context of estate planning, this reality drives the estate planner’s desire to minimize taxes upon death as much as possible. In fact, the world of estate planning is consumed with the minimization of taxes in all of its forms. New York estate […]

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How Long Does Probate Take in New York?

I am often asked, Roman, How Long Does It Take For A Will To Go Through Probate in NY? The answer always depends on the particular circumstance of the case. Variables such as whether the will is being contested by an interested party, the size of the estate, the nature of the assets in the […]

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How Much Does Probate Cost in New York?

Many people think that probate is always a long and expensive process. In reality, most probate matters are handled quickly and efficiently. What's The Cost Of Probate in NY? Assuming that no one is contesting the will or challenging the appointment of the executor, and assuming all of the decedent’s next of kin (called distributees) […]

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Funding Your Living Trust

Imagine buying a beautiful new family car, taking it home, and leaving it parked in your garage. Then, instead of using your shiny new vehicle to transport your family, you use public transportation to get you and your family around. As silly as that sounds, that is what happens to many clients who establish trusts […]

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