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Estate Administration

Seasoned Brooklyn Estate Administration Lawyer

Brooklyn, one of the five boroughs of New York City is home to 880,727 households, of which the largest percentage is made up of married couples who live together; other types of households include those with children under the age of 18, women who are householders who do not have a present husband, and individuals not living with their families. The largest age group in the borough’s population are people ages 25-44 with a median age of 33. Those under the age of 18 make up the next largest group. Elderly people make up 11.5%. Regardless of whether you are older, once you are 18, you may need to handle matters of probate and estate administration. The loss of a loved one can bring with it not only grief, but a range of administrative tasks, making it helpful to retain legal counsel with a full understanding of the estate administration process. In this judicial procedure, a decedent’s assets are first managed and then distributed. If you are concerned with handling your loved one’s estate after he or she passes away, you should consult experienced Brooklyn estate administration attorney Jules Haas.

Seek Knowledgeable Legal Counsel for Estate Administration

Probate can be time-consuming; the amount of time administration takes depends on the complexity of the estate and other factors. Additionally, there may be lots of emotions involved, as well as, in some cases, serious controversy and acrimony. Typically, estate administration attorneys help a decedent’s loved ones or other interested parties with the following tasks: file a petition in the appropriate probate court; determine the heirs and other parties who must be given notice of probate and give them notice; petition the court to appoint an administrator or executor for the estate; inventory the decedent’s assets and get them appraised as needed; pay off debts to the decedent’s creditors and sometimes sell estate assets to do so; pay estate taxes; and distribute assets to the rightful heirs.

In some situations, assets are partially or fully held in a trust. When they are fully held in a trust, estate administration may not be necessary. However, if they are only partially held or there is no trust, or the trust is not valid and well-drafted, the case may become exponentially more complex. With those possibilities in mind, it is wise to retain an estate administration lawyer, like Mr. Haas, who understands trusts and trust litigation, and can apply those laws as they intersect with probate. Often a successor trustee needs to administer distribution of a decedent’s assets when the decedent was the original trustee.

Issues That Arise in Estate Administration

There are a number of situations that can make estate administration particularly intense or difficult. Circumstances that present a particular challenge include a decedent’s incomplete or ambiguous will; a personal representative who doesn’t fulfill his or her legal duties; wills and trust contests; a decedent’s ownership of property and assets outside the state or abroad; and a mass of creditors’ claims. In some cases, decedents make their wills earlier on in their lives, and by the time it comes to file a probate petition, the will is out-of-date. For instance, if a decedent chose a fiduciary who was once reliable and doesn’t update the will after the fiduciary starts to demonstrate poor judgment or bad motives, this can create a tricky situation for heirs and beneficiaries. It is crucial to call upon an estate administration attorney who also understands how to handle New York Surrogate’s Court litigation.

Consult a Brooklyn Estate Administration Lawyer

Mr. Haas is a trustworthy estate administration attorney who has handled probate and estate planning matters for 40 years. He represents individuals, families, estate administrators, heirs, and other parties interested in estate proceedings. He is dedicated to providing personal and attentive service to his clients in all matters of probate, estates, trusts, Surrogate’s court cases, guardianship, and other related litigation. Contact Mr. Haas a call via our online form or call him at (212) 355-2575 to schedule a free consultation.

Client Reviews
I am very grateful to Mr. Jules Martin Haas attorney of law in New York. I am from Buenos Aires Argentina. He managed with expertise a very difficult situation. of a complicate heritage from my aunt Anna Grodzka that lived and died a very long time ago in New York. I recommend him not only for his extraordinary knowledge but also for his kindness. Irma CW Peusner
I found Mr. Haas after being misguided by a former attorney. Mr. Jules Haas took our case which involved an estate/trust dispute. What initially seemed like an impossible and overwhelming legal fight was now in the hands of someone who had the integrity and legal expertise to win our case. Mr Haas' attention to detail and his expert knowledge base, skillfully and successfully guided us through an intricate legal process. I am very thankful and grateful to Mr. Jules Haas for representing our interest and ultimately winning. Bringing about a peace of mind we needed. Thank You Devida Nedd
I was in need of a guardianship attorney and I hired the services of Jules M. Haas' Law firm. The service of counselor Haas and his staff, was very profesional and the case was handled in a timely matter. I would strongly recommend his services Angel Guevara
I strongly recommend Jules Haas. I have worked with him for two years and he has provided so much support and followed through with everything he promised he would do. His support staff is just as helpful! We had an interesting case and he helped to solve each part of it legally and was very thorough. Thank you for everything you have done to finalize our families estate Robyn Stafford
Jules Haas helped me with managing the process in probate court for my father's estate through to its completion upon the sale of my father's house. He was knowledgeable, efficient, and effective in submitting documentation to the probate court, explaining procedures to me, and advising me as to the progress of my case. His support staff was also very helpful. He made what for me created so much anxiety into something manageable where I could see progress every step of the way. His fees were very reasonable. I am super grateful to him for all the help he has provided and strongly recommend his services. Diana Janer
I just completed an estate transaction where Jules Haas represented my client in an estate and he did a great job! He was very quick at responding to all matters throughout the sale process, he was detailed, he was knowledgeable and he was a pleasure to work with. I just recommended him to some new clients who are going through an estate matter and will continue to recommend him. Rodolfo Lucchese