Finally, A Bronx Lawyer Who is 100% Results-Oriented!

Our mission is to provide our clients with the most professional and courteous service at reasonable rates.

Finally, A Bronx Lawyer Who is 100% Results-Oriented!

Our mission is to provide our clients with the most professional and courteous service at reasonable rates.

Bronx Last Will and Testament Lawyers

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  • Dealing with the loss of a loved one is difficult, but having to work with an attorney should not be.
  • If you are in possession of the Last Will and Testament of a person who has died, you must take care.
  • For instance, you must not remove the staples in the Will.
  • The Will should be brought to our office and we can advise you as to the instructions left in the Will and explain the procedures that must be followed before the Will is filed in the Surrogates Court.

During the past forty years, I have helped many people from around the world with Probate and Administration cases in the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester and Rockland Counties.

Probate and Estate Process – Bronx, NY

You will be told the differences between Administration and Probate proceedings, the role of the fiduciary and the role of the attorney. We can explain all the steps to Probate if there was a Will or Administration if there was no Will. We will explain your rights and choices in simple terms in a face to face meeting, or if you prefer by email, phone or zoom.

If you are the person named in the Will as Executor, we will assist you in marshaling the assets of the estate, negotiating and paying the creditors and the transfer of property.

We offer the choice of hourly retainer or a retainer based on a percentage of the assets of the estate. 

The transfer of real property and closing is always included in a fee based on percentage and in most cases, payment for the majority of the fee takes place at closing.

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Most people understand the importance of creating a Last Will and Testament for estate planning purposes, yet many of those named in a Will are confused and uncertain as to the proper procedure required after the decedent’s passing. As an experienced attorney in Surrogate’s court matters, I can explain the specific instructions left in the will and provide counsel on the necessary legal proceedings.

Filing with the Surrogate’s Court

The Surrogate’s Court has jurisdiction over matters pertaining to the affairs of those deceased in The State of New York, and the named Executor of a Will typically initiates a Probate proceeding with the Surrogate’s court as soon after the decedent’s passing as practical. If there was no Will, the estate will be handled as an Administration, as contrasted to a Probate.

Validating the Will

An initial duty of the Surrogate’s Court is to verify the legal validity of the Will and provide a forum to resolve any challenge to that will. The Executor may need to provide evidence as to the creation of the will. Those who have what is known as standing, such as heirs or beneficiaries, can contest a will.

Claims against the Estate

In most cases, the Executor knows or can reasonably determine who creditors of the estate are, but the time the estate is in Probate allows any others with claims to come forward. It is important to verify the validity of these claims before expending estate assets unnecessarily.

Collection and Distribution of Assets

After the debts of the estate are paid and the final expenses and taxes have been accounted for, the Executor must move forward with the distribution of assets. This may involve selling an asset so as to distribute its proceeds among various beneficiaries or effecting a change in title from the name of the decedent to the beneficiary.

Intestate Succession

If there is no Will, the estate will be administered under the laws of The State of New York, with the court appointing an administrator, typically the closet living relative.