What Is Probate?
Probate is the court proceeding that proves the validity of a person’s will following their death. After the will is “admitted to probate,” the executor administers the estate. Estate assets (assets of the deceased) are collected and, after expenses and taxes are paid, distributed to heirs. While the process sounds straightforward, there may be heirs and creditors to notify, valuations of assets, taxes to file and deadlines to meet.
Seasoned with over 40 years of experience in the New York probate courts, attorney William A. Simon efficiently moves an estate through the probate process.
Understanding Surrogate’s Court
The New York Surrogate’s Court is the court in which all matters relating to the estates of deceased New York residents are determined. The surrogate is the judge in this particular court; each county in New York has at least one surrogate.
The Surrogate’s Court of New York County (Manhattan) and Kings County (Brooklyn) each have two surrogate judges. The Surrogate’s Court handles, among other matters, the probate of wills and appointment of executors, the appointment of administrators who administer the estates of people who die without a valid will, and any disputes over the validity of a will or the administration of a trust or a decedent’s estate.
You Do Not Have To Contend With Probate On Your Own
Probate and estate administration can be a daunting task without the assistance of an experienced probate attorney in your corner. Depending on the nature of your loved one’s estate, there could be a lot of moving parts to address at the same time you are grieving their loss. Attorney William A. Simon has been trusted by individuals and families in New York for more than four decades. He handles all matters relating to probate and estate administration with meticulous attention to detail and compassion. Call McGarry & Simon in New York at 212-235-1898 or send a secure email to initiate a complimentary consultation.