Staten Island, NY asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Probate for New York

Q: My friend died and left me the house we lived in. I have the will and the death certificate. What do i do next?

Is there a time period in which this must be done?

2 Lawyer Answers
Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz
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  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You must file a petition in Surrogates Court to be given power to probate the Will and administer the estate, which would include transferring the house.

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Michael David Siegel
Michael David Siegel
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  • Probate Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: You must probate the will, and then transfer the house from the estate to you. The fee will depend upon the value of the house and other assets.

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