What is Probate?
When an individual passes away, they usually leave behind a last will and testament. One of the many tasks of the estate’s executor is to complete the probate process in Surrogate’s Court. The probate process aims to determine whether the decedent’s will is valid. Once the court agrees that the will is valid, they will give the executor the authority necessary to close the estate.
As with estate planning, probate is a complicated area of law that can be overwhelming to those unfamiliar with the process. Attorney Kassel has over 25 years of experience helping people navigate probate matters throughout Long Island, and we are here to help you too. Some of the steps that must be taken in order to complete the probate process include the following:
- The executor must file the original will, probate petition, and a copy of the death certificate with the Surrogate’s Court where the decedent primarily resided.
- The beneficiaries must be included in the probate petition so they can be served a formal citation, giving the Surrogate’s Court the authority to determine their rights.
- The Surrogate’s Court will give the executor authority to handle the estate.
- Once the executor has been recognized by the Surrogate’s Court, they can go forth to distribute assets to beneficiaries, pay any outstanding debts, preserve assets, and more.
- Any disagreements regarding the role of the executor or the estate can be handled in Surrogate’s Court.
Contact a Suffolk County Probate Attorney
For decades, The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. has effectively guided countless heirs and executors through the process of probate. If you are acting as an executor, you have a lot to consider, many duties to satisfy, and a complex road to navigate. In order to relieve undue stress from taking on such a responsibility, contact an attorney that can help ensure your compliance with the court and the fully executed administration of the estate. If you need an experienced probate attorney, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.