For What Reasons Do I Need a Probate Attorney in New York?
In New York, when a loved one dies, their estate, including all bank accounts, investments, assets, and real estate must go through the New York probate process. This process will occur whether the loved one left a will or died without one.
Sometimes the probate process is still needed if a trust was not properly created. The process can vary and be rather complex depending on several different factors, such as:
• Is the will clearly written with the intentions of the deceased?
• When was the will last updated?
• What is the current marital status of the deceased?
• If there were recent updates, were they made by a person of sound body and mind?
Even when the deceased makes their intentions very clear about their wishes for after their death, it does not always alleviate potential tension and disagreements between surviving family members.
To address certain issues and concerns, it is highly recommended to seek assistance and guidance from a qualified probate attorney. Whether you are the executor of the estate or concerned your loved one’s wishes are not being carried out, having an attorney on your side can be beneficial.
Other reasons why you need a probate attorney in New York include:
1. Submitting contracts during probate that are legally binding and valid.
For instance, a parent leaves their vacation home to their four children. Two of the children have no interest in the home, while the other two want to share it equally. A contract would be needed to sell the interest in the vacation home to the children who want to retain the home.
2. Addressing conflict and contesting of the will.
Sometimes surviving family members can contest the will or create conflict between siblings and other relatives. Conflict is especially common in situations where the deceased was married multiple times and had children with each marriage.
Another case where conflict can arise is when someone believes they should be entitled to more than they were left. For instance, the deceased verbally promised them a certain possession or an amount of money. Yet, when the will is reviewed, those details are not documented anywhere.
3. Making the New York probate process easier.
The probate process requires a review of the court to ensure everything is in order and the will is valid. Additionally, the probate process addresses specific issues, such as:
• Assigning an executor if one is not named in the will or trust.
• Ensuring proper appraisal of all assets in the estate.
• Paying any outstanding creditors.
• Collecting on any debts owed to the estate.
• Filing the will or trust with the probate petition with the appropriate court in New York.
• Ensuring assets and wealth are distributed correctly to the right beneficiaries, charities, and legatees.
Furthermore, having an attorney is vital if a loved one did not leave a will or trust or their intentions are not clear. It is equally beneficial to hire a probate attorney in New York when a loved one died without a will or trust to ensure proper distribution of their estate.
4. Providing assistance to create a legally binding and sound will or trust.
Taking the time to create a will or trust can help avoid conflict, make your intentions clear, and provide detailed instructions on how you want your estate distributed after your death. Obtaining help from a qualified probate lawyer ensures your loved ones will not have to guess what you wanted and can prevent most conflict.
For assistance in creating a will or trust, or representation during the New York probate process, please feel free to contact Joseph A. Ledwidge, P.C. at 718-276-6656 today!
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