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Experienced New York Attorney Handles Probate Representation and Estate Administration throughout the Five Boroughs and Beyond

Comprehensive legal services in NY Surrogate Court proceedings

While everyone understands the concept of inheritance, few lay people are aware of the legal requirements and complex court proceedings for releasing and distributing assets. So, when a loved one passes, it’s natural to feel confused and a little overwhelmed. Fortunately, the Cormac McEnery Law Firm is available to help. Drawing on more than 35 years of experience, Mr. McEnery manages your probate proceedings or estate administration reliably. He also maintains the highest standards for client service, so he communicates frequently, letting you know where the estate stands at every phase of the process. When you engage our law firm, we work diligently to settle your loved ones’ estate ethically, swiftly and cost-effectively.

Understanding the difference between probate and estate administration

In New York, there are two processes for settling a decedent’s estate. If the decedent left a will, the surrogate court probates the will, meaning that it rules on the will’s validity and approves an executor to settle debts and distribute assets according to the terms of the will. Mr. McEnery often serves as executor for clients whose wills he has prepared.

When a person dies without a will, i.e. intestate, the surrogate court must approve an estate administrator whom the known heirs select. The administrator has several duties to fulfill:

  • Settle creditor claims against the estate
  • Collect any debts owed to the decedent
  • Locate beneficiaries
  • Settle all federal, state and estate taxes the estate owes
  • Administer guardianships for minor children and dependent adults
  • Execute deed transfers of real estate
  • Mediate disputes among beneficiaries

When selecting an estate planning attorney to administer your loved ones’ estate, you should consider that person’s experience, reputation for integrity and the ease with which the attorney communicates, giving you the answers you need.

Experienced Westchester and City Island attorney overcomes obstacles to a timely estate settlement

The goal of probate and estate administration is to settle the decedent’s estate thoroughly while avoiding unnecessary delays and expenses that eat away at the estate’s value. Since no two estates are identical, it’s impossible to say with certainty how long the process might take. Factors that delay settlement include:

  • Lack of organization within the decedent’s estate
  • Litigation with the estate’s creditors and debtors
  • In-fighting among family members
  • Will contests from disappointed heirs

Our estate litigation firm understands that heirs often depend on the assets that are frozen during proceedings, so we work diligently to overcome any impediments to settlement.

For thorough, ethical probate and estate administration, contact our law firm

Don’t let wasteful delays eat away at your loved ones’ estate. The Cormac McEnery Law Firm provides experienced, professional and highly-personal probate and estate administration services throughout the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester, City Island, Nassau and Suffolk counties. To schedule a free consultation, call 888.368.4329 or contact us online.