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Contested Estates

Questions often arise about whether a will is genuine, whether the testator (the person who signed it) was competent to execute a will, or whether someone unduly pressured the testator to make the will.  

A person need not be in perfect mental state to sign a will, but must know the "natural objects of
 one's bounty” –- the 
value of one's assets 
and whom he or she 
reasonably wishes 
to leave assets to.

Sometimes it is claimed 
that one signed a will  
under duress or that 
someone exercised
 undue influence over
 the testator.  These claims, while different from 
saying the testator lacked capacity to make a will, may still raise similar issues, since a fully competent person is unlikely to be deceived by
                       another person when making
                       out a will.

                       Our first step is comparing the
                       testator's signature with other
                       documents signed by him or
                       her.  Then we review the
                       circumstances of the will-
                       signing, including who acted as
                       witnesses to the signing, how
                       the lawyer draftsman was 
                       chosen and by whom, and we
                       will look carefully at the
                       testator's medical condition, 
                       including any medications taken
                       by the testator

Uncontested Estates

Whether your loved one passed away with or without a will, an estate proceeding in most cases is a relatively quick matter.  If a close family member has passed away, my mission as a lawyer in Manhattan is to ease the legal process, not complicate your responsibilities at a difficult time. 

Simply call for an appointment.  It's best to bring with you documents such as the death certificate, the will (if there was one), a copy of funeral bills, names and addresses of family members, and, if known, a list of assets that your family member owned.

As a New York probate attorney, most of the
time I can prepare the necessary papers quickly. That means that quite often we can get the executor or administrator formally appointed by the court within just a few weeks of your first visit to my office.  

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You can ordinarily expect the court to 
appoint the personal representative of the estate within weeks of your first visit to my office.

As a NY estate planning and probate
lawyer, I will let you know promptly and in detail the steps that we will take, 
as well as the strategies that we will employ.

In most cases, an uncontested estate 
proceeding in New York will be quick, uncomplicated, and relatively inexpensive.  

And I can usually inform you of the exact costs and fees involved, and a likely timetable, at our very first meeting.
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