Wills, Trusts, and Estates

Our Suffolk County, NY probate lawyers are experienced in all facets of estate planning, including business succession planning, charitable planning, asset protection planning, same-sex estate planning, and estate, gift, and income tax planning. Our team can counsel and advise high-net-worth individuals in planning the transfer of their wealth. We work collaboratively with clients and their advisors in establishing and implementing wealth-planning goals and objectives.

Protecting Your Estate

Whether you have high-value assets, a valuable property, or other extremely valuable assets, it is important to protect your estate. The best way to protect your estate is with a will and estate plan. Estate plans often include a will which is a document that contains your exact wishes for your estate and beneficiaries after death.

A will sets up a framework for your estate management by selecting beneficiaries and the power of attorneys. Planning these things in advance helps protect your valuable assets during probate and cement your legacy.

Our Process

We meticulously strategize every detail to ensure effective advocacy and solutions.

We seamlessly move into proactive execution, leveraging our strategy to advocate fiercely for your rights and interests.

We proceed with filing your case in court, where we advocate vigorously for your rights and pursue justice on your behalf.

What Are the Benefits of a Trust?

You may have significant debts and worry that part of an injury award – whether from a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury case – will be taken by creditors. In another situation, a loved one may have passed away in a tragic accident, and a wrongful death case could be a part of the estate administration/probate process. Fortunately, you do not have to go through either of these scenarios alone.

Outstanding debts, such as a past civil judgment, could easily cut into a personal injury of workers’ compensation insurance settlement. We will work with you on a tailored solution that protects your interests.

Various types of trusts exist that may shelter your needed settlement from creditors while offering ongoing access to funds. Not every injury attorney has the experience and background to consult on trust-related matters. At the Law Office of Frank A. Cetero, we can handle all your legal needs under one roof.

With 50 years of legal experience in the Suffolk County area of New York state, the Law Offices of Frank A. Cetero are here to represent you. We work to preserve your assets and shield you and your family from a long, expensive legal process.

Probate Administration

If your loved one died in a tragic crash or workplace accident that involved a workers’ compensation element or wrongful death claim, we can resolve those issues. We also have the necessary skill to handle the probate or estate administration issues that could also arise. We offer our clients estate planning, estate and trust administration, and estate and trust litigation services.

Our Services

Our probate attorneys are skilled litigators who have gone to trial many times for our clients. We represent our clients in estate litigation, including:

  • Will contests
  • Complex assets such as real estate
  • Executor or fiduciary contests

While we can often reach a favorable solution out of court, we will not hesitate to litigate your case aggressively. Our Long Island law firm has successfully tried numerous cases in the courtroom, obtaining favorable judgments.

Schedule a consultation with our Suffolk County estate and probate attorneys and protect what matters.

Frequently Asked Questions !!

A will outlines how your assets will be distributed after your death, while a trust allows you to transfer assets to a trustee to manage and distribute according to your instructions.

It’s often recommended to have both, as a will can cover assets not included in the trust and designate guardians for minor children.

It’s advisable to review and update your will and trust periodically, especially after major life events such as marriage, divorce, birth of children, or significant changes in financial circumstances.

If you die without a will or trust, your assets will be distributed according to state intestacy laws, which may not align with your wishes. A court-appointed administrator will handle the distribution process.

Still Have Questions ?

Don’t hesitate to reach out – we’re here to provide clarity and guidance every step of the way.

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