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Estate Administration Attorney in Bohemia, NY

When a person plans their estate, they have set up a blueprint for how their assets should pass to the beneficiaries of their choosing. Though difficult to discuss, estate planning is an important step that every person, no matter their means, should take. Because you have declared your wishes for what will happen to your estate after you pass, those who you’ve chosen to carry out your wishes have a great responsibility. Luckily, a person with an estate plan has left their family and other beneficiaries with clear instructions and a person to handle the matter. An executor is a person chosen to carry out those wishes. On the road ahead, they will need quality legal support. For over 25 years, Susan A. Kassel, Esq. has been a legal resource for executors that have an obligation to abide by the wishes of an estate. When choosing an executor, it may be in a testator's best interest to consult with an attorney that can immediately support them when the time comes. If you need quality legal support for those who are chosen to carry out your wishes, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a consultation.

Estate Administration


Offering a will for probate at the county’s Surrogate’s Court is the first step of the estate administration process. When a will is accepted, it is called a testate estate. Probate will establish the chosen executor and they must present the will on the estate’s behalf. The court will then issue the authority for the executor to carry out the estate’s wishes through Letters Testamentary.

Gathering assets and paying liabilities

An executor is tasked with collecting assets, determining value, and paying any debts or liabilities that remain outstanding. Letters Testamentary gives the executor the authority to act in the best interests of the estate and the beneficiaries. If an estate has overdue taxes, the executor will be responsible for that. If the estate needs to file tax returns, the executor will do it.

Closing the estate

Once an executor provides a copy of the will and makes distributions according to its directions, it may be time to close the estate, barring any legal issues. Before any distributions are made, a Release and Refunding Bond should be signed by the beneficiaries. This protects the executor if debts or taxes arise after the estate closes.

Contact an experienced estate administration attorney

An executor’s responsibility is complex. With so much at stake, it is important to pick the right attorney that can guide an executor through his or her obligations. If you are planning your estate, retain the services of an effective attorney to support your executor through the process. If you are an executor and you need an attorney, contact our firm to discuss your obligation and how we can help. Contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a consultation to discuss your estate matter.

Why choose our firm?

We have an excellent AVVO rating from our many happy clients

We will tirelessly pursue a favorable resolution to your case

We offer aggressive and effective representation

We treat our clients with the compassion, patience, and respect that they deserve

We have more than 20 years of dedicated legal experience

We have the legal knowledge necessary to help you obtain the outcome you desire

We tailor our practice to the representation of your divorce case

What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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