Probate and Estate Administration

PROBATE AND ESTATE ADMINISTRATION

Trying to navigate the probate process or otherwise administer an estate while coping with the loss of a loved one can be extraordinarily difficult. Our staff is here to ease the burden facing the family and friends of a loved one who has passed away.

For decedents with a last will and testament, the responsibilities of the executor named in the will can be overwhelming. These responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and submitting necessary court documents.
  • Gathering assets.
  • Paying debts and expenses.
  • Following the directions of the will to make distributions to beneficiaries.
  • Preparing inventories and accountings.
  • Preparing and filing necessary tax returns

For decedents with no will, rather than probate, the process is called an administration proceeding. An administration proceeding is similar to probate and the administrator of the estate has the same responsibilities as an executor. In an administration, however, distributions must be made in accordance with New York State law.

Whether a probate or administration proceeding is needed, our firm is here to assist you throughout the entire process.