Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC provides representation to clients in Commack, NY. We can offer assistance with preparing for what will happen at the end of life and can offer help with the creation of a legacy plan. We are also there to assist individuals who must go to probate court because they have a legal matter that has to be handled before a judge.
Clients may need to go to probate court if a deceased person (decedent) has passed away and has left assets behind to be transferred through intestacy law. Going to probate court may also be necessary if assets from a decedent will transfer in accordance with the terms of a last will and testament. If problems arise during the trust administration process, those problems can also be handled in probate court. And, if someone has become incapacitated and is in need of a guardian, probate court is the likely place where a guardian can be appointed.
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC understands the ins-and-outs of Commack probate law and we can put our considerable experience to work to help all those involved in probate. We help individuals who are seeking a guardian or conservator to be appointed for an incapacitated loved one. We also help heirs or beneficiaries who stand to inherit from the probate process, the executor of an estate who is in charge of overseeing the process, and anyone who wishes to contest a will that is being probated because they do not believe it is an accurate reflection of the wishes of the deceased.
To find out more about how a Commack probate lawyer at our firm can help you, give us a call. You can also read on to find some important Commack probate resources that could help you to be as prepared as possible for the probate process.
Probate Court Resources in Commack
Commack, NY is a census designated place in Long Island. Commack spans several towns, including Huntington and Smithtown. However, the whole of Commack is found within Suffolk County. This means that all probate proceedings involving anyone who owned property or resided in the 12-square miles of Commack will need to take place in the Suffolk County probate court.
For Commack residents, because they live in Suffolk County, their probate proceedings will take place within the Suffolk County Court System. This is part of the 10th judicial district. You can find more information about the Suffolk County Court System and the courts where probate proceedings will take place by visiting the NY Courts.
In New York, probate proceedings are handled in Surrogate’s Court. The Surrogate Court where probate will take place for individuals living in Suffolk County is located at 320 Center Drive in Riverhead, NY 11901. You can contact the Suffolk County Surrogate Court at 631-852-1713. You can also find many resources from the Surrogate Court’s website that can help you to be prepared for probate including:
- Surrogate Court forms: These forms are the documents that you will need to go through probate proceedings, small estate proceedings, and guardianship proceedings, among others. You can obtain PDF copies of the relevant forms that you may require in probate court.
- Law libraries: These libraries provide you with resources that will allow you to learn about probate laws that govern probate proceedings in the state of New York.
- Details about handicapped accessibility: You can find information about how handicapped men and women can access the probate court in Commack.
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can provide you with help in completing probate court forms, learning about probate laws in New York, and taking steps to ensure that you protect your rights during the probate process.
Other Probate Resources in Commack
Some of the other important resources that you may need when you go through the probate process in Commack include details on the state and federal estate taxes that may need to be paid after a death. Resources that will allow you to learn about state and federal estate tax rules include the following:
- The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance: New York residents may need to pay estate tax to the state even if they fall below the federal threshold for owing estate tax. It is important to understand exactly what the state’s rules are so you can take steps to try to reduce or avoid estate tax when making your estate plan and so you can avoid problems with taxing authorities after a death.
- The IRS website with frequently asked questions about estate tax: Estate tax rules on the federal level differ from state rules. Tax reform has resulted in a larger exemption going forward, but there may still be circumstances where estate tax is owed. You should visit the website of the IRS to find out what is considered part of your taxable estate and when estate tax may be due after your death.
There may be options available to you to try to reduce or avoid estate tax. However, you will need to ensure you work with an experienced attorney to implement the right processes to save on estate tax. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can provide assistance in identifying the different legal tools that you can make use of in order to try to keep your estate tax bill low or to avoid paying this tax altogether.
Getting Help from Commack Probate Lawyers
Commack probate lawyers at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates, PLLC can provide invaluable assistance in navigating probate court and protecting your interests. We can offer assistance in simple probate proceedings as well as in more complex cases where a will is contested or where a large inheritance is at stake.
To find out more about how our firm can help you, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online at any time to get personalized advice and information on how our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can help you through probate.