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Westchester Estate Administration

Westchester Legal Representation for Estate Administration Matters

Westchester County is 250 square miles just north of New York City. Its median household income is $105,387, but it also has the highest property taxes in the country as of 2013. The median age in the county is 41.1. Roughly 17.8% residents are 65 years old or above. Even when estate planning is undertaken by those in Westchester County, issues can arise in connection with estate administration. After a decedent’s passing, questions can arise in connection with probate, kinship, or terms of a will or trust. Family members may have issues with how things were left in a testamentary instrument, or if there was no will or trust, they may disagree with the particular appointment of an estate administrator. Whether you are an executor or a beneficiary, you may have concerns about the legal issues that come up after death in connection with property. You should call the results-oriented Westchester County estate administration lawyer Jules M. Haas for a consultation.

What Estate Administration Lawyers Do

When somebody dies without a valid will, their property may need to be handled through intestate administration. The court will put somebody, usually an heir, in charge of settling the estate; that person is named in letters of administration issued by the court and is known as an administrator. He or she has authority to gather the property in the decedent’s estate and organize and pay debts and claims from estate assets.

Estate administration can last for up to several years when there is a complex estate and disagreements about how to handle matters. Administration property includes any assets owned by the decedent in his capacity as an individual, but not property held jointly with someone else to whom it passed upon the decedent’s death.

Intestacy rules will govern the order for succession for property distribution. Sometimes it’s clear to the estate administrator who should inherit because there is a surviving spouse and there are children. However, when intestacy rules call for more distant relatives to inherit, those relatives may need to establish kinship and that they are blood relatives of the decedent. An estate administrator could face complications while applying intestacy laws, or even when handling disputes among heirs.

Kinship Hearings

One legal issue an administrator might face is the need for kinship hearings. These proceedings can take several days and are filed at the Westchester County Surrogate’s Court that is overseeing the administration of the estate. Anyone who claims entitlement to a share of the estate will need to establish their blood relationship to the decedent by a preponderance of the evidence.

In the course of these proceedings, all parties may need legal representation. Heirs may need counsel to prove their right to an inheritance. The estate administrator may need legal counsel to ensure that proper steps are taken in connection with their duties towards the estate.

Turnover Proceedings in Westchester County

Among the other matters that could arise in the course of estate administration are turnover proceedings. These are instituted when it appears that funds or other property belonging to the estate have been improperly removed. The administrator asks that estate property that is in the possession of third parties be returned to the estate.

When an appropriate showing is made and entitlement to possession of the property is determined at a hearing, the court in Westchester County has the authority to enter a decree. It is crucial for an estate administrator who suspects something is awry with the assets in the estate, and believes there may have been conversion, to seek and obtain legal counsel for these proceedings so that a proper showing can be made.

Consult a Westchester County Estate Administration Attorney

Administration is a court-supervised process, but the person named as administrator has a legal duty to wind up the estate appropriately and take all necessary steps. Mr. Haas has more than 40 years of experience serving as an attorney for estate administration. He represents estate administrators, heirs, and other parties interested in the proceedings. He provides clients with reasonable and flexible fee arrangements, and he is dedicated to providing clients with personal and attentive service. Emotions may run high in connection with probate, and it’s important to seek knowledgeable counsel. Contact us through our online form or at (212) 355-2575.

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