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Estate Administration

It’s never an easy road after the death of a loved one. Whether it’s a spouse or close family member, the emotions that follow such a loss are never pleasant or easy to cope with. In this fragile emotional state, a close family member or spouse might be called on to handle the estate of their loved one, leaving them vulnerable to bad decisions that might prove disastrous for the family overall. This is why so many people called on to perform Estate Administration for their loved one might immediately call a law office like Raiser & Kenniff, PC.

The chief reason is that few non-legal professionals know the first thing about Estate Administration. As defined under the law, Estate Administration is “when the assets of the decedent are gathered up and accounted for, and eventually distributed to the heirs of the estate.” Duties will make the administrator responsible for paying debts of a dead loved one as well, and if your own finances aren’t okay, this can be a tremendous burden. And what if there’s no will? The situation can quickly spiral beyond the control of a person who before that day had never even heard of Estate Administration. Probate Litigation is a serious matter and one for the courts, and it’s something that a novice Estate Administrator simply won’t know anything about. It’s vital to contact our law offices so that you can simply put your mind to rest and let professionals handle everything.


Even if you turn matters over to us, we’re going to need a few things so that we can easily go forward with your legal matter. First things first: The will. If your loved one left a will, our job, and yours, becomes much easier. Many people today even have Estate Planning documents that direct everything after their death. Then it’s simply a matter of carrying out the wishes of your loved one after their death. Wills, living trusts, and estate planning documents, anything related to the estate, are all things we’re going to need from you so that we can make your task easier.

Once we have the will, we can submit this document and a petition to the Probate court for administration. A court can verify that the will is legitimate. It’s the court’s job to appoint an executor, and this person will be responsible for the estate throughout the estate administration process. Remember: A New York Probate Lawyer is here to help! We’ve helped thousands of people successfully complete their estate administration tasks, and we do so with great compassion and patience. We know what a trying time this is going to be for you and your family. We’re only here to help.

Things become especially difficult if no will is present or if it can’t be located. It’s here that your lawyer steps in and takes steps with the court to ensure that everything goes as it should. Managing the estate, executing the wishes of your loved one, and even going into Probate litigation if we need to are all part of our job. And there’s always the danger of mismanaging these things. If the court believes the executor is mismanaging, they might take action and deem you negligent. This could result in you being removed as executor. It’s vital that you follow everything down to the letter of the law, always making sure you take great care in all of these matters.


Whether you’ve located your loved one’s will or not, no matter what stage of administration you’re in, if things become too much to handle, please call on the law offices of Raiser & Kenniff, PC. You were given the task of carrying out your loved one’s final wishes and making sure that their estate is handled precisely the way that they wanted. When you call on us, you can rest assured that your loved one’s wishes are going to be carried out, down to the last letter of their will or other document stipulating their wishes. There’s no need to wait until you’re in over your head. Call us today.


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