The loss of a loved one can be a difficult process, and probate can make things confusing. Recognized as leaders in Western New York in probate law, the attorneys at Smolarek Law Offices are committed to assisting families through the complex probate process to ensure that their loved one’s wishes are carried out. We work closely with our clients to ensure that the probate process is made less stressful and more affordable.
Our offices are conveniently located in Elma, New York just outside of Buffalo, in Erie County.
Probate is the legal process of administering a decedent’s estate, resolving all claims and distributing assets according to a deceased person’s Last Will and Testament. The process typically consists of collecting and inventorying assets, appointment of an Executor or estate representative, filing and payment of estate taxes, settlement of all claims and distribution of assets to the proper beneficiaries. We have extensive experience representing clients in estate probate administration proceedings including our local Erie County Surrogate's Court.
In New York, the size of the estate will determine the type of probate process to utilize. For smaller estates under $30,000, a Voluntary Administration petition is cost-effective and a faster option. The majority of estates, however, will be required to go through the full probate process in order to obtain Letters Testamentary for an Executor to be appointed. In the event the decedent left no Will, Letters of Administration are issued to legal representatives. At Smolarek Law, we can help you understand the type of probate proceeding that you may require.
If a decedent lived out of state and they owned property in New York, it will be necessary to contact a New York attorney who can assist you with opening an ancillary probate or administration proceeding. The attorneys at Smolarek Law can assist out-of-state clients in real estate or ancillary probate proceedings.
We understand that probate can be an emotional time. Our experience and knowledge of New York probate law allows us to effectively guide clients through the probate process without unnecessary delay or expense. We are committed to resolving any probate issues that arise and assisting you throughout the process from start to finish. When appropriate, we call upon accountants, financial advisors, real estate agents and other professionals to assist with Executor duties. Whether you live in New York or out-of-state, our compassionate and highly experienced probate and estate administration attorneys can guide you through the probate process.
Our law office has earned a strong reputation for effectively handling probate matters. Call us at (716) 771-1601 to schedule a consultation with one of our knowledgeable probate attorneys. We look forward to speaking with you.