When a beloved family member passes away, the heartache that results is indescribable. The last thoughts a grieving person should struggle with are the legal issues that need to be taken care of.
Where everyone agrees on how the estate assets should be split, the legal process may be simple. Sometimes, however, people may disagree over issues like whether a will is valid and should be given effect, whether trust transfers were effective, and whether a trustee acted properly. Other times, there may be no disagreement, but a strong potential for disagreement exists. It is also possible for disagreements regrading a trust to exist without anyone having passed away.
Our practice consists entirely of handling these types of matters, also known as trust and estate litigation and probate and estate administration. Even before a person passes, we work with estate planning attorneys to minimize the risk of litigation. After a person passes, in matters where there is no litigation, we handle the estate affairs in ways that minimize the risk of it starting. Where there is litigation, we fight fiercely to place our clients in the strongest strategic positions for success.
As a small firm, we pride ourselves in being able to give our clients personalized attention and maximum quality at minimized costs. We view our clients as our family and, depending on a client’s preferences, we are comfortable working together closely with the client or using our discretion in a more hands-off approach.
Unlike certain larger firms, we are not fixed to a particular way of handling a matter. We evaluate the needs of our clients on a case-by-case basis. If we believe a client would benefit by our working with another firm (perhaps because of the size of the matter), we try to facilitate working together with such a firm, all the while still serving as the client’s protector and gladiator.
Kontoroff Law P.C. | 61 Broadway, Suite 2125, New York, New York 10006 | Telephone: (646) 741-0770 | Facsimile: (646) 741-0771