Most people charged with administering a New York estate will find that they need a competent New York estate attorney. An attorney would know what paperwork to file, how to deal with the assets, creditors and taxes. One could learn New York estate practice and do everything themselves, but why reinvent the wheel. Most people who start without an attorney end up retaining one anyway, many times to fix problems that would not have been there in the first place had an attorney was retained from the beginning.
When an estate is contested, having a good attorney is paramount. It would be irresponsible to go up unrepresented against an attorney in a high-stakes proceeding. Attorneys spend years learning New York law and procedure and many have dealt with hundreds of cases. Not having an attorney is the surest way of losing a case. If you need a New York City estate attorney, call Albert Goodwin at (212) 233-1233.