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New York Probate

If you need a probate lawyer to help administer the estate of a loved one who recently passed away, you can trust the Parker Law Firm in White Plains. We have more than 20 years of experience helping New York clients through the probate process to ensure the wishes of the deceased person are met. We can help you validate a last will and testament, gather all required documentation, and resolve conflicts between family members and the executor of the estate. 

We’ll guide you through the probate process to limit stress in this difficult time. Trust the Parker Law Firm with your probate needs, and we’ll make the process as smooth and quick as possible. 

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What Is Probate Court?

Probate refers to a legal process that substantiates the will of a deceased person before the distribution of estate assets. Probate can cause a lot of stress for family members due to the complex nature and length of the process. An estate can remain in probate for months or even years if one or more parties make claims to certain assets or accuse the executor of misconduct. 

The assets tied to an estate must go through the probate process unless the decedent used estate planning tools like living trusts to prevent assets from going to probate court. Assets that must go through probate include real property, personal property, bank accounts, stocks, safety deposit boxes, and other assets in the sole name of the person who passed away.

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Essential Documentation

The court will approve or assign an estate executor to handle the administration of the estate. This person manages asset appraisals, pays creditors, and transfers assets to beneficiaries. One of the first steps for an estate executor involves collecting the necessary documents to file the probate petition. 

These documents include the following:

The decedent’s original will and a copy of it

A certified copy of their death certificate

Relevant affidavits a probate lawyer can help you identify

You may need an Affidavit of Heirship if your deceased loved one has only one surviving heir or is only survived by cousins. Ask our New York probate lawyer for guidance on what you need to successfully file a probate petition. 

Preparing an Estate for Probate Court

If the deceased person’s will names you as executor, you have many responsibilities, from filing forms and settling debts to paying all necessary taxes. Unless you work in the probate world, you may become overwhelmed by the intimidating list of duties you must perform. Many people work with probate lawyers to ease the pressure and stress of administering an estate through probate.

An experienced estate planning attorney can help you stay ahead of looming deadlines and make the proper filings to prevent delaying the already-lengthy process. Having professional help through the probate process can remove some of the weight from your shoulders and reduce your stress levels in your time of grief. 

The Parker Law Firm can help you with all aspects of probate, including but not limited to:

  • Determining the beneficiaries of the estate
  • Filing the necessary petition to open the estate in probate court
  • Locating assets and filing an asset inventory correctly and on time
  • Accessing Safe Deposit Boxes
  • Filing timely notices with creditors
  • Evaluating claims against the estate
  • Keeping track of dates for probate proceedings
  • Assigning guardianship for minors and adults
  • Administering the estate according to New York and federal laws
  • Distributing assets to the decedent’s beneficiaries
  • Understanding powers of attorney and other advance directives
  • Resolving and defending against will contests

We can also help you resolve conflicts if a person makes a claim contrary to the decedent’s will or family members fight over inheritances. If no one contests the will, ask us about PROBATEZIP™, a streamlined process to help families through non-contested probate simply and easily. 

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Cortlandt, NY
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Probate in Westchester county and Rockland Area:

There can be terrific grief and pain at the loss of a loved one. Beyond grief and pain, when you add external stresses to the equation you can have a disaster on your hands in very short order. Below are three main areas where we serve clients with their probate needs:

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The Parker Law Firm in White Plains works with estate executors to help them through the probate process. If you face the daunting task of serving as an executor, having the right probate attorney at your side can make a world of difference. We’ll help you navigate this complicated process with a clear understanding of your rights and responsibilities and use our decades of experience to help you avoid common speed bumps along the road.

Attorney David Parker helps clients in and around White Plains, NY. Book a free 15-minute discovery call now to learn how our probate lawyer can help you with the probate process.

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