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As executor and sole heir of an estate, in New York State,

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As executor and sole heir of an estate, in New York State, what is the process after the person has died?

Lawyer's Assistant: What are the assets in question? Have any documents been drafted?

Car (mortgaged probably to its value)

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Home (Mortgaged with additional Home loan to probably 2/3 of it's value).

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To pass title to real estate or other property, you would retain an attorney and have them file an application for probate. The attorney will also send out notices of the pending action to any potential heirs as well as to creditors. Following that the unsecured creditors have a certain amount of time to file a claim. While you are waiting on that you would be required to prepare what is know as an inventory of the estate. This includes both assets of the estate, as well as all known debts of the estate. This inventory is filed with the court. At some point you, as the executor and through your attorney will begin selling assets and paying creditors. At the end of the process you will file a final accounting which should show that all debts have been paid and will also distribute the remaining assets to the heirs (in this case yourself if you are the sole heir). The court will then sign off on a final order and release you from any further duties.

That is the general process that is used although, of course, things can happen to create problems but it is often hard to predict what those will be.
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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
Just some furniture and personal items, clothes etc.

Your original statement indicates there is a car, real estate, the debts on those, etc.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
that's correct.
Customer reply replied 6 months ago
thank you.

Then my original answer till applies. You will need to file an application for probate.

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