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NY Surrogate’s Court Allowing COVID-19 Related Estate Filings

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. ​

Important Information

COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus)  Update 3-20-2020

By order of Governor Andrew Cuomo, beginning 3-22-2020, all non-essential business in New York state must close their physical offices in response to the rapid rate of positive reported cases of COVID-19 in New York State.

Although this will impact the in office and in person services that LIT can provide, we will still be working remotely from our homes to serve our existing clients and we will continue to serve the public on a remote basis with any new legal matters for which they may need assistance.

We as a nation have overcome great obstacles in the past and although the challenges that lie ahead of us as community, as a state, and as a nation are great, we will overcome them as our resilience as individuals, as a community and as a nation will allow us to prevail.

May all of you and your loved ones be safe and well .

Larkin, Ingrassia & Tepermayster, LLP


Should you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 845-566-5345

For more information regarding the COVID-19 virus please visit any of the following sites:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NYS Department of Health

Orange County Dept. of Health

Ulster County Dept. of Health

For information and updates regarding court postponements or closings please visit:

NYS Unified Court System

9th Judicial District

3rd Judicial District