Probate

Experienced New York City trust and estates attorney helps guide you through the process
Probate follows what is typically a painful emotional loss. Attorney Robert Kruger has more than 45 years of experience in probate law and knows how to ease the stress of probate by guiding executors and beneficiaries.

The process of probate

Most executors have rarely if ever probated a will and know little about the process. We can guide you through the complex probate process, including:

  • Filing the will with the New York probate court
  • Developing the best strategy for fairly and expeditiously probating the estate
  • Finding and collecting assets
  • Closing and opening bank accounts
  • Transferring assets from the deceased to the estate
  • Paying estate taxes
  • Valuing, managing, preserving and liquidating the estate
  • Locating beneficiaries
  • Hiring experts, when appropriate

Valuing and managing the estate
We assist executors with the arduous process of collecting, managing, valuing, protecting and liquidating the assets of the estate. We have a team of experts available to assist in every aspect of estate probate. When appropriate, the firm calls upon accountants, financial advisers, real estate agents, property managers and other professionals to assist with executor duties. We can access expert opinions about unique assets such as antiques, rare books, automobiles and other collectables for accurate valuation, management and possible sale.

Probate disputes

Even in apparently straightforward estate cases, there are sometimes disputes between beneficiaries. Our professional courtroom presence can calm the emotionally-charged process of probating a challenged will or disputed executor or judicial decision. When it is in the best interests of our client to preserve cordial familial relationships, we are adept at mediating these disputes. When necessary, we assertively defend our client’s beneficiary rights within the New York probate court.

Contact a thorough estate planning lawyer at The Law Office of Robert Kruger.

We serve clients throughout Manhattan. Call us at 212-732-5556 or contact us online.