Helping Your Long Island Family With Probate and Estate Administration Matters

Everyone has seen or heard advertisements for books, seminars or taped instructions on "how to avoid probate." It is common for lawyers and financial planners to encourage people to set up trusts that will make probate unnecessary when their assets pass on to the next generation.

However, probate is not necessarily something you need to avoid at all costs. At the Long Island law firm of Grabie & Grabie, LLP, Attorneys at Law, we will explain the probate and administration process and help you determine what will work best for you and your family.

What Is Probate?

In New York, probate is simply one way by which someone's assets are distributed after death, under the supervision of probate court. With a will, an executor follows the dictates of the will according to probate law, under the court's supervision. Without a will, an estate administrator follows the court's instructions according to probate law, but without advance directives from the deceased.

Skilled Guidance For Family Members, Executors And Administrators

Our lawyers are experienced at guiding executors and estate administrators through probate and estate administration processes. We provide step-by-step guidance and provide assistance with all estate administrators' and executors' duties, such as:

  • Distributing life insurance proceeds to beneficiaries
  • Selling the family home or other property, if necessary
  • Opening an estate account
  • Paying the decedent's bills
  • Distribute assets to each heir according to court guidelines

We stay on call for family members for the entire 6-month to 3-year period that the settling of an estate usually involves.

Probate Administration With Or Without A Will

We tell clients that probate is a rare chance that they have to ensure that a court will take full responsibility for seeing that their wishes are carried out. "Probate" is from a Latin word meaning "approval," and indeed, probate involves getting the court's approval to distribute a deceased person's assets to heirs according to his or her wishes, if that person left a will.

If there was no will, the probate administration process follows guidelines that the state has established as to how to distribute assets. This option, however, may not give families the results they wanted or expected. Before probate or estate administration becomes necessary for your family, let us help you prepare a will or learn about estate planning so that you — rather than state law — may determine the outcome.

Call Today For Comprehensive And Experienced Assistance

Contact Grabie & Grabie, LLP, Attorneys at Law, today by calling 631-360-5600 or by sending us an email. Your family and your assets are important to us because they are important to you.