New York Probate Attorney Ron L. Meyers can answer questions for individuals who have just lost a loved one, and need to know about the purpose of New York Surrogate Court on estate matters.The Surrogate’s Court of the State of New York handles all probate and estate proceedings in the New York State Unified Court System. All New York Wills are probated in this court, including estates of individuals who die without having prepared a Will.  Probate is a process where a Will is proven to the satisfaction of the court to be valid, and the person named in the Will is appointed to carry out the wishes of the person who died. The proceeding is filed with the surrogate’s court in the county of the decedent’s residence prior to their death. Nursing homes are not considered a domicile, but a Will should be filed in the county where the decedent lived prior to moving to nursing home.

County Surrogate Court judges handle unclaimed property of deceased persons without Wills. Executors, or estate administrators should seek the counsel of New York probate attorneys for questions regarding estate property, and the sometimes lengthy process probate actions take in surrogate court.

Executor appointment.

The court appointment of an executor may take some time, but an experienced probate attorney may be able to answer related questions and expediently resolve concerns.  Fiduciary is a term related to executors, administrators, trustees, or guardians with relevance to a Will, or lack of a Will, in order that a deceased person’s estate can be distributed to beneficiaries, and the assigned executor  can perform duties assigned in the Will, or by the court, in the absence of a Will.   A fiduciary is a person entrusted with the care of money and assets of another person.

Estate inventory.

An inventory of any property owned by a decedent must be filed with the New York Surrogate Court by the appointed executor.  The inventory must have a description and assigned value of a decedent’s personal belongings.  The inventory listing must be returned to the court within six months of the fiduciary’ s appointment on FORM 207.20, ASSETS AND INVENTORY. Each item listed in the inventory should be appraised by the fiduciary, or a qualified appraiser to determine the  fair market value as of the date of the decedent’s death and must be fully described.

Seek legal counsel.

Attorney Ron Meyers  is a seasoned legal professional who can answer all estate related questions and help individuals with the preparation and filing of probate documents in accordance with New York and Federal laws.


Ron L. Meyers & Associates, PLLC

Address:  475 Park Avenue South, Suite 2100

Manhattan, NY 10016

Phone: 212-644-8787



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