Obtaining Preliminary Letters of Administration

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The Need-To-Know: Obtaining Preliminary Letters of Administration

When a New Yorker passes away without a will, managing their estate becomes a process guided by the courts. Preliminary letters of administration are a crucial first step in this process. Morgan Legal Group, based in New York City, offers expert legal advice on navigating these initial stages effectively.

Understanding Preliminary Letters of Administration

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Eligibility for Preliminary Letters of Administration

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The Application Process

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Handling Disputes and Contests

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The Role of the Surrogate’s Court

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Legal Responsibilities of the Administrator

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Transitioning from Preliminary to Permanent Administration

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Common Mistakes to Avoid

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How Morgan Legal Group Can Help

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Conclusion: Navigating the Initial Stages of Estate Administration

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What Can Cause a Delay?

The Surrogate’s Court may take time to designate the executor of an estate in a number of different circumstances.  The witnesses to the will or the decedent’s heirs may be difficult to locate, or there may be something in the estate that requires immediate attention before probate can progress.  The biggest delay, however, is caused by a contested will.  This can take years to clear up.  That means unpaid taxes and a lack of maintenance that can drastically reduce the value of the estate.  However, there is a way to ensure that the estate is taken care of during the delay.

What’s a Preliminary Letter?

A preliminary letter is a document the executor named in the will can request either while starting probate or during a delay.  If the Surrogate’s Court accepts the request, it will grant the individual many of the powers of a designated executor of an estate while they wait for probate.  They will be able to pay debts and collect and sell any assets that aren’t explicitly stated as going to a beneficiary.  By filing for a preliminary letter, the executor can fulfill the responsibilities of their position even before they’ve officially been handed that position.

Filing for a preliminary letter and knowing when to do so pose a challenge.  If you want to ensure that probate goes smoothly and the deceased’s estate is protected, then you need the assistance of a proficient legal team in all estate planning matters.  At Morgan Legal Group, we are honored to be considered one of the best legal teams in New York, and we excel at matters relating to probate and all areas of estate planning.  Get in touch with us and find out how we can put our skills to use for you.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. The content of this blog may not reflect the most current legal developments. No attorney-client relationship is formed by reading this blog or contacting Morgan Legal Group.

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