New York Probate Litigation
Normally the process of estate administration goes fairly smoothly. In the best case scenario there are no questions as to the title of property or any question as to who the heirs or beneficiaries to the estate are. The administrator or executor performs their tasks quickly and efficiently. Unfortunately, the best laid plans can go awry. If you are involved in a probate matter, it is important to have a New York Probate Litigation Lawyer working on your behalf to deal with any unforeseen circumstances that may arise, and ensure that your rights are protected.
There is a multitude of ways that a probate litigation matter can come up. A Will Contest can arise after a loved one passes away for instance. In order to be valid, a will requires that various requirements be adhered to when they are created, such as the testator being of sound mind. A situation could arise where the testator was heavily medicated, or perhaps had a disease that affected their mental capacity, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Disgruntled beneficiaries could also come forward and argue that the testator was a victim of undue influence, asserting that someone (perhaps a caregiver) swayed their decision making process during the time they made or amended their will. Allegations of fraud or mistake could come into play as well.
A fiduciary of an estate is a person or institution that has been given the power to act for the benefit of another. This responsibility requires the utmost trustworthiness and honesty. Issues can arise where the beneficiaries of an estate question the decisions of a fiduciary, or suspect some sort of wrong doing, such and negligence or self dealing.
If you are involved in a probate litigation matter, it is extremely important to be represented by an experienced New York Probate Lawyer. Probate litigation matters can become emotionally charged and very complicated. It is important to have an experienced legal representative on your side to guide you through the process and ensure that your rights are being looked after. Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will provide you with guidance and a free consultation with your first visit. Our experienced legal staff is knowledgeable not only in probate litigation, but all matters surrounding Estate Planning, Estate Administration and Elder Law. No matter where you are in New York, there is an office location near you, from Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island to Long Island in both Nassau County and Suffolk County and Westchester County. Call us to schedule your appointment at 800.696.9529.