Does everyone need a will?
A will is a convenient tool that provides you with the ability to control how your estate is divided upon your death. Without a will, your property will be distributed based on state inheritance laws, which may not be aligned with your actual wishes. With a will, however, you may leave property to a charity, give certain items to certain people, or disqualify someone who would otherwise inherit from you based upon heirship. Also, you may appoint a specific person to handle the administration of your estate.
Do I need an attorney to probate a will?
While New York law does not require you to hire an attorney to handle probate, it is almost always helpful to do so. There are two different parts to probating a will. First, you must prove the validity of the will, and second, you must execute its terms. Either step can involve considerable administrative paperwork and even litigation. The complexity of an estate can also demand the expertise of a probate lawyer. At the Law Office of Figeroux & Associates, we emphasize working toward a timely estate administration. By walking clients through the probate process, we are able to identify and avoid many issues that can slow down proceedings.
How can I learn more?
If you or a loved one needs help with criminal charges, divorce, support, custody, estate planning or probate, please contact the Law Office of Figeroux & Associates in Brooklyn at 1-855-768-8845 or click here to schedule a consultation. We can provide the advice and representation you need to handle any legal issues you have with confidence.