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.

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