If you have recently lost a loved one, you are probably confused about your legal rights and responsibilities in relation to the deceased’s estate. Our law office routinely assists clients in your situation and we are available to discuss your matter during our free consultation.
In New York, the Surrogate’s Court in the county in which the decedent lived has jurisdiction over the estate. There are two types of proceedings which a Queens probate attorney can bring in New York Surrogate’s Court to handle the estate of a deceased person:
1. Probate (If the decedent had a will)
2. Administration (If the decedent died without a will)
The Estate Administration/Probate Process:
The executor (in a probate proceeding) or a close family member (in an administration proceeding) will typically hire an estate attorney to file a petition with the court. The petition would seek to have the will admitted as the decedent’s last will and testament (in a probate) and would ask the court to appoint someone to collects the decedent’s assets, pay the bills, and distribute the remainder of the estate assets. In both cases, the decedent’s close family needs to be officially notified of the petition through a citation. They are also given a chance to contest the will, if they so choose. Once the executor/administrator has been appointed, they are the representative of the estate and may undertake all necessary steps to properly carry out their responsibilities of marshaling assets, paying debts, and making distributions. They are entitled to certain statutory payments and may hire professional assistance to carry our their responsibilities, including attorneys and accountants. The law is ever-changing, and it is advisable to speak to an attorney about your particular case.
Call A New York Probate Attorney Now:
If you have lost a loved one and are looking for a professional and experienced probate lawyer, please contact our office by calling (347)766-2685 to schedule a free phone consultation.
To read a more thorough article on the probate process, click here.