Probate Law and Estate Administration

WHEN PEOPLE PASS AWAY WITH A LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT IN PLACE, THE WILL MAY HAVE TO BE PROBATED WITH SURROGATE'S COURT INVOLVED IF THERE ARE ASSETS TITLED IN THE INDIVIDUAL'S NAME ALONE WHEN THEY PASS. IF THERE IS NO WILL AND THERE ARE ASSETS TITLED IN THE PERSON'S NAME ALONE, THERE IS STILL THE REQUIREMENT FOR SURROGATE'S COURT INVOLVEMENT, THIS PROCESS IS KNOWN AS AN ESTATE ADMINISTRATION.

A Last Will & Testament ("Will") designates what assets will be distributed to whom when an individual passes away. Before beneficiaries can receive the property devised to them in a Will, the Will must be admitted to court for "Probate" to prove its validity. If an individual passes away without a Will there must then be an "Administration Proceeding" to determine the correct distribution of the person's estate according to the law. In a Probate Proceeding, an "Executor" will be appointed, often someone very close to the deceased, to make sure all debts and taxes are paid and to be certain assets are distributed properly under the law. In an Administration Proceeding, an "Administrator" will be appointed to handle this role.

At Brady & Bader LLP, we provide estate planning services for our clients that are designed to entirely avoid the potential complications and expense of Probate and Administration Proceedings, as described above. Through the proper usage of lifetime trusts and beneficiary designations, one of our experienced estate planning attorneys can work with you to formulate a plan that would save your loved ones from having to deal with court when you pass away.

For people who have recently lost a loved one and must deal with a Probate or Administration Proceeding, we are pleased to provide experienced legal assistance with these matters. Our probate law office provides efficient and comprehensive representation in all areas of estate administration. We guide our clients through the estate administration process with compassionate care, helping to both relieve stress in a very difficult time and ensure that beneficiaries receive what is rightfully theirs as quickly and easily possible. Should you find yourself in this circumstance, please do not hesitate to contact our office in Queens, NY for a consultation on your probate law case.

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