New York Probate Procedures

Some estates in New York are eligible for simplified probate procedures that are more streamlined than those of the New York probate courts. This includes small estates of less than $30,000 in value; these estates may be settled by voluntary administrators, volunteers who operate independently of the courts and allow funeral arrangements to be made, debts to be paid, and property to be distributed to heirs without hassle.

Larger estates, estates that are contested by heirs or debtors, and/or estates complicated by complex tax and distribution issues may be subject to traditional New York probate proceedings. Probate matters are typically heard in New York Surrogate’s Courts. In such cases, you may wish to look into hiring an experienced New York probate lawyerto oversee the distribution and settlement of your probate matter.

For more information, check out our article on the Basics of New York Probate