Hauppauge is a small census designated place in New York. Located in Suffolk County, Hauppauge was home to just over 20,880 people as of the most recent census. Hauppauge is known for having a high water table and ample underground springs. Within Hauppauge, there is a wide demographic mix of people and families of all ages, with around 7.7 percent of households including someone aged 65 or older.
As people in Hauppauge get older or get sick or hurt, it may become necessary to go through the probate process or to go through guardianship or conservatorship proceedings in probate court. Going to probate court could be necessary after a loved ones death to facilitate the transfer of assets and to make sure the wishes of the deceased are respected. Going to court is also necessary if someone has become incapacitated without an incapacity plan and a guardian or conservator has to be appointed.
If you have involvement with the probate court or with any probate matters, Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC is here and ready to help you. Give us a call today to find out about the personalized assistance our Hauppauge probate lawyers can provide.
Probate Court Resources in Hauppauge
The main resources you need when preparing for the probate process in Hauppauge include information from the court where probate will take place. In New York, Surrogate Courts preside over the probate process as well as over guardianship and conservatorship proceedings where a guardian or conservator is named if someone has become incapacitated without a power of attorney or other incapacity plan.
Some of the resources you can make use of to learn how Surrogate Courts will work in Hauppauge include the following:
- The website of the Suffolk County Surrogate’s Court: This website is an important resource because probate will take place after a death in Suffolk County surrogate’s court since Hauppauge is within Suffolk County. You can find out general information about the types of cases handled in this court, including probate cases and guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.
- Online law libraries: Here, you can obtain important information about laws in the state of New York that could be applicable to the probate process, to guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and to other legal proceedings you may become involved in within the Hauppauge probate courts.
- Court forms for the Surrogate Court: When you become involved in probate proceedings after a death; if there is a dispute during the trust administration process; or if you must go to court for guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, forms and paperwork will need to be completed and submitted to the court. You can find the necessary forms on this website. However, you should get legal help to complete them to ensure you do not make any errors or omissions that could cause problems during the probate process.
Estate Tax Resources for Probate in Hauppauge
Estate tax could be assessed on the state or the federal level. You need to understand the amounts of wealth you are allowed to transfer without owing this tax as well as other rules regarding when the tax is assessed, what the tax rates are, and how much your estate could potentially owe after your death. Some of the resources that will help you to understand estate tax include the following:
- The website of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance: New York charges estate tax to those who own property or who reside in New York when they pass away. The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance offers detailed information that you need to know about how estate tax works when you or a loved one dies within New York. By understanding the rules for estate tax, you can make informed choices about how to transfer wealth to minimize the taxes you will owe the state.
- The FAQ page for the Internal Revenue Service: In December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed estate tax rules and estate tax on the federal level now applies to many fewer estates than it did in the past. However, it is still important to understand whether your estate will owe estate tax to the federal government. This FAQ page from the IRS details everything you need to know about federal estate tax rules and also provides important information on gift tax in case you wish to pass assets to a loved one during your lifetime.
Estate tax can significantly reduce the value of the inheritance you leave to loved ones, so one of the most important things about planning your estate and preparing for the probate process is to have a plan for minimizing the tax bill your estate may have to pay the government. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC can help you to determine if you will owe estate tax and, if so, will work with you on a personalized plan to try to reduce this tax burden and protect the legacy you want to leave to loved ones.
Getting Help from a Hauppauge Probate Lawyer
Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC provides representation to clients whose loved one have passed away and who are going through the probate process in Hauppauge. We also provide representation if your loved one has become incapacitated and you want to get a guardian or conservator named so a trusted person can make decisions on behalf of the incapacitated person and take care of the incapacitated persons’ assets. Finally, we provide representation to those who want to plan ahead for the probate process to spare their family the cost and stress that can be associated with the process of probating a will.
Whether you are the executor of an estate, one of the potential heirs or beneficiaries, someone who wishes to contest a will, or you are otherwise involved in probate matters in any way, we have the legal knowledge and experience necessary to represent you. Join us for a free seminar to find out more about all of the different services that we can provide in connection with probate. You can also give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online to get personalized advice all about the probate process.