Probate & Administration
Giving Families a Legal Advocate to Lean On
The entire field of estate planning is centered on the events of the future.
As your estate planning attorneys, our duties to you and your family do
not end once the plans are made. The legal processes that take place after
an estate owner passes away are just as important as the preparation and
planning beforehand. We are here for families of the recently deceased
and offer a wide range of legal representation and guidance to resolve
the affairs and estate that is left behind.
With more than a quarter of a century's experience behind us, our services
for probate include the areas of:
If a loved one has recently passed away and you find yourself facing the
process of probate, you don't have to do this alone. Contact The Law
Offices of Steven M. Adler PLLC and speak to our experienced team about
how we want to help you.
What is probate and why do we need it?
Probate refers to the legal process that takes place in New York following
the death of a person who left behind a will for his or her estate. The
court process is required in order to administer a will, but only if the
assets left behind are valued at or above $30,000. During probate, a court
will go through a list of steps that will validate and distribute the
will according to the wishes of the deceased and the laws of the State
of New York. In order to receive their share of the estate and inheritance,
beneficiaries of the will must wait through the process of probate court
if the will meets the criterion.
Probate has received a negative reputation because of the involvement of
a court but, overall, interested parties can
benefit from it in many ways, including:
- Valuing the entire estate
- Paying outstanding debts or taxes
- Legally validating a will
- Providing a platform for valid concerns or contests against the will
Laying Out All of the Options for You
Many people wish for a way to avoid probate—to administer the will
without the financial and energy costs of court involvement. As mentioned
before, only estates valued at or above $30,000 will need to undergo probate
in the state of New York. As for the rest, a court appointed fiduciary
or administrator may be able to assist you with the required tasks.
Whether you are facing in-court probate or out-of-court administration,
having an attorney guide you through it can be beneficial whether you
are a fiduciary, a related family member or another beneficiary with interests
in the estate.
Attorney Steven M. Adler has more than 25 years of legal experience and
wants to help you through this difficult time. Call today or contact us
online to begin with a legal consultation about your situation.