If you have been named as the executor of an estate, you may not have the freedom to grieve your loved one’s loss at your own pace. New York State requires you to begin the probate process within a certain timeframe, and it falls to you to make sure your deceased relative’s wishes are carried out according to the law. While others are processing their feelings and treasuring memories, you may be knee-deep in the estate administration process—a difficult task even at the best of times.
Let Us Walk You Through the New York Probate Process
At Landskind & Ricaforte Law Group, our experienced probate and estate administration lawyers have helped numerous people navigate the legal system after the passing of a loved one. In order to make probate as stress-free as possible, we have written a free guide on the process called Probate and Administration of New York Estates: A Guide for Executors and Heirs.
Our guide offers tips no matter where you are in the process, including:
- What to do first. Many people have never served as the administrator of an estate before, requiring them to perform complicated legal duties at a time when grief is impairing their concentration. We provide an easy-to-follow guide to the legal steps of closing the estate, including obtaining copies of the death certificate, notifying creditors and other entities of the death, gathering the necessary documentation, and filing tax returns.
- How to handle family members. Relatives can either help or hinder the administration process, but keep in mind that you are the one with control over the estate. If someone starts fighting over assets or attempts to seize property from your deceased loved one’s home, you may have to take legal action against them.
- When to hire a lawyer. It’s easy to overlook the details when administering an estate. If you are having trouble locating and valuing the estate's assets, need assistance administering a trust, or have discovered someone is challenging the validity of the Will, you may need our help to resolve the issue.
While we believe this guide provides all the information needed to settle an estate, we realize some estates are more complex than others. If you need additional help, the caring and compassionate attorneys at Landskind & Ricaforte Law Group can give you the advice and assistance you need during this difficult time. Contact us today through our online form.