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The Role of a Guardian ad Litem in the Probate of New York Estates

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When a probate matter is pending before a New York Surrogate’s Court, all “interested parties” have a right to be notified and to appear in the case. An interested party is basically anyone who stands to benefit from the decision to admit, or not admit, the Will. This commonly includes the children of the… Read More »

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When Does an Estate Have to Pay the Deceased Person’s Debts?

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A subject that often comes up in the probate of New York estates is the payment of debts. After all, your death does not automatically extinguish any creditor claims against you. Instead, your creditors may file a claim with the executor or administrator of your estate demanding payment. But there are certain time limits… Read More »

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Probate Process in New York’s Surrogate Courts

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The probate process takes place in a court of law with limited jurisdiction to hear matters surrounding a person’s death and the settling of his or her affairs. In New York State, the probate process is overseen in what is called the Surrogate Court. The Surrogate Court oversees the distribution of the deceased’s assets… Read More »

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Probate Of A Foreign Will In New York

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People who live in other states or countries and move to New York later in life may want to know whether their wills will be valid in New York. Foreign wills can be accepted and probated in New York as long as the wills meet the requirements in the state. For example, if a… Read More »

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