Estate Administration and Litigation 

Zehava assists family members after a loved one dies.  She helps the executor or administrator marshal all estate assets and distribute them to beneficiaries according to the decedent's wishes, as well as according to New York State law.  Zehava represents interested parties in both contested and uncontested estates in the Surrogate’s Courts, which are the courts that manage the affairs of deceased persons in New York.

Estate Administration: What happens after a loved one dies? What you can and should do.


  • Immediately after passing:  Burial or cremation.  Who pays for it if not pre-planned?

  • What happens to the Durable Power of Attorney (POA) and Health Care Proxy (HCP)?

  • Decedent’s last - Last Will and Testament (LWT) needs to be offered for probate. Who has standing to do this?

  • What to do if there is no LWT.  Who inherits if there is no LWT?

  • Who has the power to act, when, and how?


  • Who needs to be notified?

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