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Estates

When a loved one passes away, new legal challenges are often left for the family of the decedent relating to the decedent's estate. Usually, there are numerous questions and concerns that need to be addressed. These include but are not limited to:

  • What is the legal process if there is a Last Will and Testament? How does this process change if there is no Will?
  • How do assets, such as a car or house, get sold or transferred?
  • Will there be taxes paid and/or does any property of value go to the State?
  • What is the difference between probate and non-probate assets and what are the consequences regarding what must be done for the decedent's estate?

Our firm has a long history of providing caring and competent service to the survivors of a decedent, not only in Cortland County but, also, counties throughout the State. Our expertise and knowhow allows us to guide the estate fiduciary through the estate process from initiating the estate proceeding in Surrogate's Court through filing required reports to locating and securing estate assets and to making distributions to heirs or beneficiaries. Our attorneys and legal staff are able to provide clients with timely answers to questions and to take the appropriate steps so that the estate proceeding is concluded properly and promptly.