Probate & Estate Administration:
Muehe Firm, PLLC knows that one of the challenges of losing a loved one is settling the decedent’s estate. This process often includes a procedure known as probate, during which the terms of the deceased person’s will are carried out. An experienced probate attorney can help you administer your loved one’s estate and will guide you through the process and help you through any issues along the way.
Whether your loved one died with or without a will or you just need assistance transferring assets, our staff can provide the advice and representation to help you in your time of need.
Probate is the court process following a person’s death when the decedent’s last will and testament is proven to be the decedent’s last wishes, free from any lack of competency of undue influence.
If a decedent does not have a will, New York State law provides who may apply to the court to be appointed as an Administrator to oversee the Decedent’s estate. Once an Executor or Administrator has been appointed by the Court, the decedent’s assets are “marshalled”, debts and administration expenses are paid and the decedent’s assets are distributed either pursuant to the Decedent’s Last Will and Testament, or if the Decedent did not have a valid will, the assets are distributed pursuant to New York State Law.
A valid will is your most important tool that allows you to ensure that your wishes are met in regard to the distribution of your assets.