Probate and Administration of Estates
When a loved one passes away and leaves assets and debts that need to be dealt with, an Estate must be established for that purpose. If the decedent had the foresight to prepare a Last Will and Testament, the Decedent's Will needs to be submitted to the Surrogate's Court for Probate, and an Executor/Executrix must then be given the power to distribute the estate according to the decedent's wishes. Those wishes are found memorialized in his or her Last Will and Testament.
If a loved one passes away without a Will (Intestate), an estate can still be established, but the estate must be established via an Administration Proceeding in the Surrogate's Court. During the Administration Proceeding, an Administrator is granted Letters of Administration in order to have the authority to distribute the estate.
There are two Long Island Surrogate's Courts outside of New York City and they are the Nassau County Surrogate's Court and the Suffolk County Surrogate's Court.
Though the process can be somewhat daunting during a very difficult time, our caring staff and attorneys at The Bowman Firm, P.C. have the experience and the dedication to make the process as smooth and easy for you and your loved ones as possible.
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