estate administration practice
The task of dealing with the financial affairs of a loved one can seem overwhelming and unmanageable in a time of grief and loss. In such a time of heightened emotions, the assistance of a dedicated, compassionate and knowledgeable attorney can make the process easier.
In representing its clients, the Firm is actively involved in all stages of the estate administration process, including:
The probate of the deceased's Last Will and Testament (a document we encourage all of our clients to execute) or the commencement of an administration proceeding (if the deceased died without having executed a Will);
The identification, collection, and valuation of the deceased's assets, including any real estate owned by the deceased;
The preparation of an accounting of the actions of the estate's representative, whether they be judicial or informal, and the procurement of releases of liability on the part of the estate's representative from the estate's beneficiaries; and
The distribution of the deceased's assets in accordance with the wishes expressed in the deceased's Last Will and Testament or in accordance with the distribution scheme set forth in the applicable state law, if the deceased died without having executed a Last Will and Testament.
The Firm represents clients in both contested and uncontested matters as well as in matters involving real estate situated in the New York metropolitan area that is owned by a deceased individual who did not reside in New York at the time of death.
The Firm also handles trust administration matters involving trusts that are established during the life of an individual and trusts that are established upon the death of an individual.