New York Probate: The Basics

If a family member or loved one has died, you may have questions about whether the estate will go through New York probate court, the courts which deal with matters related to the collection and distribution of a decedent’s assets and belongings. Fortunately, in most cases there’s no need to hire an expensive probate attorney for your New York probate claim.

Bypassing New York Probate

There are 2 kinds of property that can bypass the New York probate courts: joint-tenancy property and property that is held in living trusts. Jointly held property has 2 or more owners, often spouses, and can include cars, a shared home, or joint bank accounts. In addition, the estate planning strategy of living trusts allows a beneficiary to be named and paid without going through the New York probate process.

Additional New York Probate Resources

New York City Surrogate’s Courts

New York Probate Law

Also, see our article on New York Probate Procedure