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Understanding Your Rights and Obligations After The Passing Of A Loved One

After the death of a loved one, you may be left facing issues regarding their estate. Whether your loved one had a will and estate plan in place or not, there are legal matters that must be addressed to ensure the proper administration and distribution of the estate assets, as well as the payment of any estate-related debts.

At The Law Office of John J. Leonard, we understand the complexities that often accompany estate administration issues in New York. The laws that govern the handling of estates can be very complicated and you always need the help of a skilled lawyer. Attorney John J. Leonard has years of experience handling estate administrations and other estate planning matters that he will put to work for you.

Types of Surrogate’s Court Matters and Estate Litigation Representation

In New York, surrogate’s courts are the legal venues that handle estate administration, will probate matters and similar proceedings. If you are a representative of the estate, our firm is ready to provide counsel and representation in business before the surrogate’s court

The surrogate’s court services we provide include the confident handling of:

  • Probate petitions
  • Lost will hearings
  • Petitions for letters of administration
  • Kinship litigation
  • Guardianship petitions (when necessary)

We also have the experience to vigorously represent your interests in estate litigation, including:

  • Will contests or trust contests
  • Surviving spousal litigation
  • Breach of fiduciary duty
  • Removal of a fiduciary or challenge of accountings
  • Claims against the estate brought by creditors or similar parties

Nearly all estate legal proceedings are financed with estate funds. We strive to be as efficient as possible in order to minimize costs and maximize the assets that heirs and beneficiaries are entitled to receive.

Contact Us Today to Learn More

We are here to help you get started with all of the estate litigation and surrogate’s court matters that you are facing. To schedule a consultation, call our office at 888-367-0445 or send us an email using our online form. We handle cases in Hampton Bays, as well as throughout Long Island and Suffolk County.