Following the passing of a loved one, there is no question there are a lot of responsibilities that the person in charge of the estate must deal with. The legal process that occurs after a loved one has passed away, known as Probate, can be a complex and time-consuming process. For this reason, a Queens Estate Lawyer
from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC
has created the following outline to help guide you through the probate and estate process.
The overwhelming tasks of determining heirs, distributing assets and paying creditors can be a bit much for one person to handle. If the deceased individual had a Will, then the Queens 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 handling the estate. If a Will does not exist, however, a personal representative will file a petition with a Queens Surrogates Court at which point the Surrogates Court will appoint an administrator to the estate. With all of these different steps that need to be taken care of, you will need a Queens Estate Lawyer
An Estate Lawyer will file a probate or administration petition in the Surrogates Court, depending on whether or not there was a Will. The probate of an estate is handled by a court located in Queens, where the deceased individual lived. After the Queens Estate Lawyer files the appropriate petition, the Surrogates Court
has right to give the Estates Administrator the power to distribute assets and pay creditors. Assets may include everything including money, stocks and bonds, insurance policies, investment assets, vehicles, jewelry, artwork, clothing and personal items. The Queens Estate Lawyer will inform the Administrator of the Estate that they may distribute property, land and buildings that are located in Queens only. The Surrogates Court does not have jurisdiction over property located outside of New York City.
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC
, each Queens Estate Lawyer
on our team has spent many years helping families with their estate issues. An Estate Lawyer from our office will be happy to help you through every step of the Probate process, and help you manage your loved ones estate and prepare for the future.Call a Queens Estate Lawyer now at 800.696.9529 or contact one online to schedule an appointment now. The Law Offices of Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, located throughout New York City, serving Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester County and Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk Counties). Call a Queens Estate Lawyer now at 800.696.9529 call now!