Estate Litigation on Long Island
Our law firm devotes most of its practice to estate litigation. Hire Albert Gurevich, Esq. for a peace of mind that comes with knowing that your case is being handled by an experienced Long Island estate attorney. This is how we can excel on your behalf:
- Will Contests – People who are disinherited often dispute the validity of the will, claiming that the testator was not well enough to make a will, or was forced or tricked into making the will. Questions are also raised about valid will execution. Whether or not your side wins depends not only on the facts but also on the persuasiveness and conviction of the trial attorney who is arguing your case. We fight hard to make sure you win the will contest.
- Distribution Disagreements – In the course of Long Island estate administration or probate, issues may arise who gets what and how much. Beneficiaries feel they are entitled to a certain item of property or sum of money, and executors disagree. In many of those cases, more then just hard numbers are at play. This is where we come in to protect our client’s position and secure for them the best possible distribution.
- Addressing the Way the Estate is Handled – It’s no secret that estate beneficiaries are not always satisfied with the way the estate is handled. If a disagreement is brewing, we encourage the people who are handling the estate to submit a formal accounting to the court. On the one hand, if the accounting reveals irregularities, those handling the estate will have to compensate the estate and may be subject to removal as fiduciaries. On the other hand, if the accounting is solid and the allegations have no basis, those bringing the objections may be surcharged for the administrator’s expenses and attorneys fees. We help our clients show their case in the best possible light in accounting and fiduciary removal proceedings.
- Questions of Kinship – Relationship to the decedent is not always clear, even to the people involved. This is especially true of adopted and step-children when the record is unclear. Fortunately, many evidentiary tools are available to determine kinship, and recent amendments to New York law allow us to use DNA testing in kinship cases. We will find the evidence that is on your side and use it to argue your case.
- Claims by a Spouse – A spouse entitled to at least one-third of the estate, even if they are disinherited by a will or the decedent transferred property to someone else before death. If a spouse died without a will and without transferring the property to someone else, the spouse is entitled to half of the estate. Sometimes a conflict arises between a spouse and a paramour. We help our clients fight intestate share and elective share cases in Long Island.
- Unlcear Wills or Trusts – Wills and trusts are not always clear, leaving out important details such as names of people and organizations that are inheriting. Furthermore, circumstances change in a way that makes the will no longer useful in distributing a part of the estate. The facts are often sparse, and the way the case is argued can make all the difference. This is when our Long Island estate lawyers fight to have the will read or reformed by the court to our clients’ best advantage.
If you are involved in estate litigation in Suffolk or Nassau Counties, speak to a Long Island estate attorney at the Law Offices of Albert Gurevich. Call us at (516) 777-0647.