Queens Probate Attorney
When you have to deal with the passing of a loved one… a Queens Probate Attorney from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC will agree this is no easy situation. For family and friends of the deceased, there are many responsibilities that need to be taken care of in the weeks and months following the death. Many important decisions will need to be made, meaning you will need a Queens Probate Attorney from our office to provide you with the estate and probate guidance that you will need.
In Queens, New York City, the legal process that occurs after your loved one has passed away is called “Probate”. Family and friends of the deceased must immediately tend to estate matters such as determining heirs, distributing assets and paying any outstanding debts. These estate-related tasks need to be handled quickly, but with great care. If your loved one had a Will, then your Queens Probate Attorney will present this Will for Probate. If a Will does not exist, your probate attorney will generally present the Will for Administration. With no Will, a personal representative will file a petition with the Queens Surrogates Court on behalf of the deceased individual. If there is a Will however, the estates executor will be responsible for distributing assets following payment of any outstanding debts.
To start the probate process, your Queens Probate Attorney will file a probate petition or administration petition in a Surrogates Court. The probate of an estate is generally handled by a court located in the same NY County where the deceased individual lived at during the time of his or her death. A probate attorney can help you determine if the court you should be contacting will be in Queens, New York, or not.
After your probate attorney files the right petition, the Queens Surrogate Court will give the estates administrator the power to distribute assets and pay creditors. Your loved ones assets can include everything but “real” property including money, stocks and bonds, investment assets, insurance policies, jewelry, artwork, vehicles, clothing and other personal items. The estates administrator has the power to distribute property, land and buildings as well, assuming they are located in New York State.
At Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC, each Probate Attorney from our staff spends many years working on probate and estate cases. Each Probate Attorney from our Queens office has a thorough understanding of the Surrogates Court system and will work with you and your family to get you through this difficult period of time.
Are you looking for a Queens Probate Attorney? Contact us today for a free consultation at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529). We maintain a presence throughout New York including Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Westchester County and Long Island (Nassau County and Suffolk Counties). Call a Queens Probate Attorney now from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW (1.800.696.9529). We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, call today!