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New York Elder Law & Estate Planning
Estate Planning | Trusts & Wills | Probate | Medicaid
Great Neck - Long Island - Manhattan - Queens - Brooklyn
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Serving New York for Over Three Decades

Probate & Administration

Probate is the legal process of submitting a Last Will & Testament to the Surrogate’s Court for approval. The Surrogate’s Court will validate the Will and legally appoint the Executor named in the Will to act on behalf of the estate. The Executor’s responsibility is to marshal (gather) and manage the assets of the estate and is responsible for carrying out the affairs of the estate, including paying debts and eventually distributing assets in accordance with the terms of the Will.

An Administration proceeding will typically need to be commenced when an individual passes away without a Will. If there is no Will, and assets are not held by a Trust nor has any beneficiary been designated, the Surrogate’s Court will apply the laws of intestacy. This means that spouses, children and other close relatives will inherit the deceased individual’s assets pursuant to New York’s Estate, Powers and Trusts Law.

The Probate & Administration process can be quite difficult to accomplish without guidance from experienced professionals. Our attorneys will explain how the Probate & Administration process works, what your duties are as an Executor or an Administrator, and draft and file all necessary documents including estate tax returns.

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Primary Contact

Phone: (516) 466-4422
Fax: (516) 466-2219

New York Locations

Great Neck - 60 Cutter Mill Rd Ste 507, Great Neck, NY 11021
Manhattan - 7 Pennsylvania Plaza Ste 1602, Manhattan, NY 10001
Queens - 80-02 Kew Gardens Rd Ste 307, Kew Gardens, NY 11415
Brooklyn - 32 Court Street Ste 1700, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Long Island - 466 Central Avenue, Cedarhurst, NY 11516