Estate Law

Estate Law

Close up of estate law document with "Last Will and Testament" written

Sperber, Hoffman, Stein & Scampoli, LLP offers our clients years of experience and knowledge in the formulation of an estate plan, including the preparation of a Last Will and Testament, Health Care Proxies, Living Wills, and Powers of Attorney.  Our attorneys are here to guide you in formulating a plan that will best honor your express wishes, needs and desires.  Further, we will assist you in formulating a final disposition of your assets in an effort to minimize financial and emotional strain upon your loved ones.

The attorneys at our firm understand that the loss of a loved one is painful enough without the added stress attendant with the disposition of your loved one’s estate.  Our firm offers our clients counsel and aid in navigating the New York State Surrogate’s Court system in connection with the disposition of the estate of the deceased (otherwise known as “decedent”).  Specifically, our firm adeptly represents clients in connection with the probate of the decedent’s Last Will and Testament, or should the decedent die without a Last Will and Testament (meaning that the decedent died “intestate”), our firm is here to assist our clients in connection with the administration of the decedent’s estate.

Our attorneys are also cognizant of the legal issues which may arise post-mortem, such as the disinheriting of a spouse, creditor’s claims, lawsuits filed against an executor of an estate for acts of the decedent during the decedent’s lifetime, will contests, questionable conduct on behalf of an executor, administrator or trustee or questions regarding the nature and/or disposition of estate assets.  Our capable attorneys are ready, willing and able to guide you through a wide range of contested Surrogate’s Court matters, including, but not limited to the filing of a Right of Election (where a spouse has been disinherited), accountings (whether voluntary or compulsory, i.e., court-ordered), defense of an executor, trustee or administrator sued for acts of the decedent, litigation against executors, trustees or administrators individually for failure to carry out their fiduciary duty, removal of executor(s), trustee(s) and/or administrator(s) and will contests.  Our firm also represents clients in guardianship matters before the Surrogate’s Court as well as the Supreme Court.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to our attorneys for a consultation to aid you and your family in connection with your estate matters.