New York Estate Lawyer
Dealing with the passing of a loved one is an unwelcomed task, but it does happen and most of us, unfortunately, will have to deal with this type of situation at least once in our lifetime. A New York Estate Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC has prepared the following information designed to help guide you through this challenging period of time.
For family and friends of the deceased, grief is often quickly trumped by the overwhelming responsibility of determining heirs, distributing assets and paying creditors. This process that occurs after a loved one has passed is known as Probate. If the deceased individual had a Will, then the New York Estate Lawyer will present the Will for probate, if no Will exists, the Estate Lawyer will present the Will for administration. When there is a Will, the Estates Executor will be responsible for dealing with the estate-related tasks. If a Will does not exist, a personal representative will file a petition with a New York Surrogates Court. At this point, the NY Surrogates Court will appoint an administrator to the estate, often a relative. With all of these different steps that need to be taken, there is no denying the benefit of having a skilled Probate and Estate Lawyer to help guide you.
An Estate Lawyer for the deceased individual will file a probate petition or administration petition in a New York City Surrogates Court. The probate of an estate is handled by a court located in the same New York County where the deceased individual lived at the time of his or her death. If the county is too small to have its own Probate Court, there may be a court in a neighboring county that will have jurisdiction.
After the Estate Lawyer files the appropriate petition, the New York Surrogates Court has right to give the Estates Administrator the power to distribute the assets and pay off any outstanding debts. Assets can include everything but “real” property, such as money, stocks and bonds, insurance policies, investment assets, vehicles, jewelry, artwork, clothing and personal items. The Estate Lawyer will inform the Administrator they have the power to distribute property, land and buildings that are located in New York. The Surrogates Court does not have jurisdiction over property located in another state.
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, each New York Estate Lawyer on our team has spent many years advocating clients in a New York Surrogates Court. An Estate Lawyer from our office has the in-depth understanding of the New York Estate Court system, and will work hard to help you through every step of managing your loved ones estate.
If you need assistance with an Estate matter, take advantage of our free consultation with a New York Estate Lawyer. Call us at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529) or contact us online to schedule an appointment today. We are located throughout New York with offices in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester County and Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk Counties). Call a NY Estate Lawyer now at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529). A New York City Estate Lawyer from our office is available 24/7. Again, our number is 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529), contact us today!