Fair and Accurate Estate Administration
At the Iaconis Law Office, we help our clients administer estates fairly and accurately while keeping costs as low as possible. If you are an estate administrator or executor, we are here to assist and guide you through the estate administration and probate process. From our office in Chittenango, New York, we serve clients throughout the Syracuse area.
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When you have the responsibility of gathering and distributing the assets of an estate, you will want to be sure that all matters are handled with care and accuracy. It helps to have a lawyer experienced with probate and estate administration to oversee the process.
- We work to keep costs low. Proper administration of an estate helps avoids controversies with creditors and beneficiaries, which often lead to expenses like estate lawsuits. Getting prompt and accurate advice speeds up the process of resolving debts and making final distributions. Lawyers' fees are subject to court review and are approved only if justified by the time spent and the quality of assistance provided. Since the executor or administrator of an estate has financial responsibility to all creditors and estate beneficiaries, able legal assistance provides peace of mind and helps avoid placing the executor's property at risk. We only charge for the amount of time you need our assistance. In many ways, we may be able to help you avoid the need to go through probate court.
- Many assets are set up for ease of distribution. A life insurance policy has a beneficiary, and IRAs are often set up in joint names or with a designated beneficiary. In those cases, asset transfer does not need to go through the administration process. However, the administrator or executor of an estate has accountability for these assets, as well.
- We are available to guide you through the paperwork and court processes. An estate administration attorney can help with the accounting involved and with the initial application to probate. Our concern is yours — gathering all assets, paying all debts and distributing the assets in accordance with the decedent's will or, in the absence of a will, as directed by state law. There are deadlines to meet and forms to file. An experienced estate attorney can take the confusion out of the process.
Estate administration is an important responsibility that must be handled with care. Our law firm is here to guide you with as little or as much help as you require. Contact us for a free initial consultation. Major credit cards are accepted.