You May Need a Lawyer: New York Fiduciaries Can’t Represent Themselves in Surrogate’s Court

Estate executors and administrators are not allowed to represent themselves in New York’s Surrogate’s Courts. The general rule is that non-attorney individuals are permitted to represent their own interests in court – this is known as proceeding pro se. However, the rule only applies where you are representing your own interests and not that of […]

Understanding the Law: What Happens to Debts When You Die?

Everyone who creates an estate plan is considering what assets that they want to pass on to their heirs when they die. However, many do not consider what happens to your debts when you pass away. Whether or not your loved ones will be responsible for your debts depends on your estate and the types […]

How to Make a Claim Against the Estate of a New York Decedent

In New York, the Executor or Administrator of an estate is obligated to address all claims presented within the prescribed time frame and in the form set forth by law. Failure to comply with the requirements

Probate Attorney Fees – How Much Does Probate Cost?

When meeting with prospective probate / administration clients, the most often asked question is “how much are the legal fees going to be?” Of course, the answer depends upon the facts of the case and how complicated the required legal work is. Also, the fee depends on