A person's Will governs the distribution of his or her assets that are not joint or that do not have named beneficiaries. In order for the Will to be put into effect, certain forms must be signed and filed with the local Surrogate's Court. This process is called "Probate." If the person does not have a Will, this is called "intestacy." In that circumstance, New York State determines how the decedent's assets will be distributed according to a very detailed set of laws. Even in this situation, certain forms must be prepared, signed and filed with Surrogate's Court. While the rules for probate and intestacy may seem very complicated, our attorneys and staff have many years of experience in this area of the law.

If someone you love has passed away, we need to act quickly to obtain control over his or her assets. We will bring our caring manner to the task of helping you at this difficult time.