It is always difficult to plan for your own passing. It is even more difficult to sort out the issues and solve problems when a family member or close friend passes. This is not a time when you want to be overwhelmed by all of the technicalities involved with handling the estate of the deceased, especially when you have been named the executor or administrator. The attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. can help you get through this difficult time quickly and efficiently, allowing you to get back to spending time with your friends and family.
The legal terms and proceedings associated with estates can be confusing. Estate administration involves the process of probating a Will as well as non-probated transfers of a deceased's assets. Probate is the court proceeding through which a Will is proved to be valid and the estate of a deceased is administered. When the deceased has no Will, his or her estate is administered through an administrative proceeding that distributes the estate according to New York State law. In Nassau County and Suffolk County, the court that handles these matters is called the Surrogate's Court.
Probate law dictates precisely how an estate is to be managed when someone dies. These laws make sure that creditors are paid and that assets are properly distributed to the heirs. While this may sound simple, probate law and the handling of estates is in fact a complex system. People who try to manage the probate process without the help of an attorney frequently find it to be much more difficult than they thought. The legal terminology and the strict time limits for taking certain actions can lead to confusion and errors that tie matters up longer than is necessary.
If you are currently involved in a probate or estate related matter, or if you think you may be in the near future, you will benefit from consulting an attorney who knows the ins and outs of New York probate law as well as the particular workings of the Nassau County and Suffolk County Surrogate's Courts.
The attorneys at the law firm of John N. Fath, P.C. can help you manage the probate process, whether or not a Will is involved. Call or email us today to discuss how we can help you administer your loved one's estate.