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New York City Estate Administration Attorney

Administration of an Estate - When There is No Will

Estate administration refers to the process of inventorying assets, paying creditors and estate taxes and distributing the estate of the deceased when there is no will. Because there is no will and therefore no executor named to handle the estate, the court will assign an administrator to handle these matters. If you have lost a loved one and are a beneficiary or have been named as the personal representative (administrator) of the estate, a New York City estate lawyer at our law firm can help. We represent clients in Manhattan, Brooklyn and all of New York City in estate and probate matters, providing honest and sound legal guidance and representation.

Estate Administration in Brooklyn and Manhattan, New York City

There are three primary steps involved with the administration of an estate. Carrying these out with the proper financial and legal assistance can make all the difference in the speed and ease in which an administrator can accomplish closing the estate. A New York City estate administration attorney at Melnik Law Group, PLLC can assist you in these three steps:

  • Collection, inventory and appraisal - all assets of the estate will need to be collected, inventoried and appraised. When this is complete, the administrator must file the complete inventory with the New York City Surrogate's Court, which oversees all probate matters in the area.
  • Bill payment - all debt and taxes associated with the estate will need to be paid, after a certain allowance is given to the spouse and children in accordance with New York law.
  • Property transfer - after the debts are paid, the administrator will need to distribute the estate. Because estate administration occurs in the absence of a will, New York intestacy law will apply. The state has particular regulations in regard to who gets what amount of the estate. Because there is no will, the transfer of property will likely be more complex and there may be more of a chance that disputes will arise. This is one of many reasons to have a lawyer on your side who can advise you of your rights and the law on this subject.

When these three steps are fully complete, the administrator will be discharged as the personal representative of the estate and will be able to close the estate.

Find out how a competent lawyer can guide you through the estate administration process. Contact a New York City estate administration lawyer at our firm today.

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Melnik Law Group, PLLC - New York City Estate Planning Attorney
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