Estate Litigation

Family Estate planning documentThe death of a loved one can be an emotional experience. What is equally as difficult is dealing with the distribution of assets and property belonging to the decedent. At times, the process is made even more complex when it is discovered that the decedent’s intentions have been disregarded, manipulated or exploited. For these reasons, it is sometimes necessary for a family member or interested beneficiary to protect the intentions of a loved one by seeking court intervention in the probate or estate administration process.

Administration Process

If an individual dies leaving assets and property without a will, a legal action known as an administration process must commence in the Surrogate’s Court in the county where the individual died. The Surrogate’s Court is established in every county to address cases involving the affairs of decedents, including the probate of a will and the administration of estates. The administration process is complicated and requires the knowledge and experience that the New York firm of Meenan & Associates possesses. The administration process begins with the filing of a petition, after the gathering of important and relevant information regarding the decedent, his or her family and all assets and liabilities. The petition document must be detailed and accurate. All potential beneficiaries must be afforded notice of the process and provided an opportunity to appear and respond. The process may be delayed by complicated family dynamics or ongoing disagreements and disputes. Ultimately, the Court must approve the petition and agree to the appointment of an administrator to dispose of the decedent’s assets and property. Meenan & Associates possesses the skill and experience to address all of these issues in an expeditious and cost efficient matter.

Probate Process

If an individual dies with a will leaving directions about how the decedent’s assets and property are to be distributed, the will must be admitted to Surrogate’s Court for probate. The administration process begins with the filing of a petition, after the gathering of the original will and other relevant information regarding the decedent’s assets and liabilities. The petition document must be detailed and accurate. All potential beneficiaries must be afforded notice of the process and provided an opportunity to appear and respond. The process may be delayed by complicated family dynamics or ongoing disagreements and disputes. Ultimately, the Court must approve the petition and agree to the appointment of the executor named in the will to dispose of the decedent’s assets and property. Meenan & Associates possesses the skill and experience to address all of these issues in an expeditious and cost efficient matter.

Legal Guidance from Meenan & Associates, LLC

At Meenan & Associates, we understand these legal complexities and the financial issues you will face when dealing with these elder law matters. We have successfully represented clients in disputes involving the validity of a will or trust, the integrity of an accountant, or the disregard of the wishes of a decedent.

We always strive to reach a practical and amicable solution to any dispute to avoid the cost and expense of litigation. Our firm can, however, fiercely litigate on behalf of a client when necessary. Our legal team has a proven and trusted track record. We have been involved in a wide range of issues that can arise in elder law cases and have obtained successful outcomes in will and trust contests, accounting proceedings, and all other estate litigation matters. Contact us today!