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How Long Does Probate Take in NY?

Undertaking the management of a loved one’s estate can feel like an excessive burden on top of processing your grief. If you have lost a loved one, it is natural to wonder, How long does probate take in NY? There is no universal answer—New York probate can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Many factors...

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How to Sell a House During Probate

We understand how difficult it is to lose a loved one. In addition, the legal process of sorting out your loved one’s estate can seem overwhelming when you are grieving. However, it may be comforting to know that a probate lawyer can help you navigate the oftentimes complex probate procedures in New York.  At the Law Office of Andrew...

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What Happens When a House Is Sold Through Probate?

Transferring property after someone dies can be challenging. When a person dies in New York, their entire estate must be dispersed according to the instructions in their will, living trust, or intestacy laws. If the deceased person, also called the decedent, didn’t leave a will, or set up a trust, then the probate court must determine who receives any...

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What Is a Probate Sale in New York?

A probate sale is the sale of a deceased person’s real property overseen by the probate court. Because there might be competing interests in that real estate, there can be legal ramifications to buying, selling, or possessing property from a probate sale. When you are participating in a probate sale, an attorney familiar with New York’s Surrogate Court and...

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What Happens After A Probate Is Closed in New York?

The probate process begins when a person dies, and the family delivers the person’s will to the probate court. The probate court appoints a personal representative who manages the estate. That person is legally responsible to the family and other interested parties for how they handle the estate. Once the personal representative distributes the estate assets, the probate process...

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Why Do You Need a Lawyer for Probate Matters?

For most people, probate is an unfamiliar process that they are suddenly faced with after losing a loved one. In the midst of grieving, you’re trying to navigate a legal proceeding that involves paperwork and deadlines. That’s where a probate lawyer comes in. At the Law Office of Andrew M. Lamkin, P.C., we help families in New York through probate...

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Four Problems When You Make Your Will Outside A Lawyer’s Office

It is tempting to try to create a will on your own, outside of a lawyer’s office. Bookstores, online services, libraries, and even friends may present templates for you to create your will. Your goal may be to save money and time and create the will yourself. However, when you make your will without an attorney, you are taking...

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How Does COVID-19 Delay the Probate Process?

Since March 2020, probate courts across the United States have slowed down or even suspended probate cases out of concern for public health and safety. New York is no exception to this widespread trend. Even when courts resume their previous pace, however, a large backlog of cases will take quite some time to resolve. Fortunately, the Law Office of...

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What Happens to Digital Assets After Death?

The digital revolution, by moving information from paper to digital form, has saved countless forests from destruction. It has also created quite a bit of wealth in the form of digital assets. Most people own some form of digital assets, even if their value is relatively difficult to quantify. Some common examples of digital assets include: Digital photographs, Videos,...

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What Happens During a Probate Process? Steps and Guide

Probate is the process of distributing your assets after you die. Depending on the details of the estate, the probate process will be relatively complex or relatively simple. In many cases, especially with large estates, the process is far too complex to manage without the assistance of an experienced probate legal practitioner. Following is an overview of the basic...

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