Estate Administration and Probate

We assist executors and trustees through the entire administration process, beginning with the probate of the Will through the final releases from the beneficiaries. We counsel executors and trustees on their duties and work with them to ensure that the trust or estate is closed quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively.

We collaborate with the family’s financial and tax professionals, and frequently coordinate with legal and financial professionals in foreign jurisdictions to administer estates in nations other than the United States. We also have the tax background to prepare fiduciary income, gift and estate and inheritance tax returns in-house.

When necessary, we represent fiduciaries in the Surrogate’s Court and the Probate Part of the Chancery Division: seeking advice and direction; seeking probate of writings intended as Wills; and settling and defending formal accountings.