On Friday, May 15, 2020, the Chief Administrative Judge announced that beginning Monday, May 18, 2020, matters in which an individual passed away due to COVID-19 causes are essential proceedings that may be filed in the Surrogate’s Court. This change will now allow attorneys to start assisting Clients to file estate proceedings and begin the process of administering those estates where the person died of complications related to COVID-19.
Estates may be filed, regardless of value, or whether the person had a Will or not. If you have questions as to whether an estate must be filed or about the process, procedure or what is needed to commence an estate proceeding in New York, please reach out to our office to speak with an attorney.
Our office has an Estate Department with knowledgeable, qualified and experienced Estate and Probate Administration attorneys who can help you navigate this area of law. We understand the complexities and uncertainty following the passing of a loved one, and can help guide you through the ins and outs of what to expect, a timeline of accessing assets and resolving outstanding creditor claims, funeral debts, and the like.
On behalf of all of us at Larkin, Ingrassia and Tepermayster, LLP, we send our heartfelt and sincere condolences to all of those families currently impacted and struggling with the loss of a loved one during these difficult times. We are here to help.