Brooklyn Lawyer Helping Clients with Estates & Wills

The Law Office of Melanie M. Marmer in Brooklyn helps clients with wills, probate and estate administration. For estate planning, we always give our clients plenty of individualized attention, rather than simply filling out forms. In probate and estate administration, we walk clients through legal proceedings, ensuring that their rights and interests are protected.

Wills & Estate Planning

Planning for the future distribution of your assets is important for both you and your loved ones, and can give you peace of mind knowing that all crucial matters, including the care of minor children, will be handled according to your wishes. A will is often the first planning tool you will use to organize your estate, making it important to understand a will's function and purpose.

EstatesA will provides for the distribution of your property at the time of your death in the manner you choose. Wills can be of various degrees of complexity and can be utilized to achieve a wide range of family and tax objectives, such as:

  • You may designate a guardian for your minor children if you survive the other parent.
  • You may choose to acknowledge or otherwise provide for a stepchild, elderly parent or other individuals in whom you have an interest.
  • If you are acting as a custodian for the assets of a child or grandchild, you may designate your successor custodian.
  • You may designate an executor of your estate.
  • You may provide for a charity or other beneficiaries.
  • You may provide for a deed transfer, including life estate deed transfers.

At the Law Office of Melanie M. Marmer, we can help you determine which provisions are best suited to your needs and objectives. With good planning, you can be confident that your wishes will be carried out, even when you cannot see to it yourself.

Probate & Estate Administration

For clients who have lost a family member, we provide probate and estate administration services, taking care of all the details necessary to settle an estate such as preparing and filing all necessary documents, notifying creditors, handling tax issues, and overseeing the orderly distribution of property. If litigation becomes necessary to resolve a dispute, Ms. Marmer has experience representing clients in Surrogate Court, and is fully prepared to proceed toward trial if it is in your best interests.

Ms. Marmer has frequently represented members of Brooklyn's Jewish communities in estate administration, and has worked with Israeli attorneys to settle estates involving property in New York and Israel. An example situation is where a client's parents owned property in New York but relocated to Israel. In this case, the estate needs to be probated, and the help of an attorney fluent in Hebrew can greatly facilitate the process.


In New York, a guardian is a person appointed to see to the basic needs of a child, including shelter, education, medical care and personal needs. Unlike adoption, guardianships do not sever the legal tie between a child and his or her legal parents. This means that the child's legal parents still must provide financial support to the child; however, the guardian may be responsible for managing the child's assets.

New York guardianship laws also provide for the appointment of a guardian if a child needs someone to look out for his or her interests during a court proceeding. This type of guardian is referred to as a guardian ad litem. We can assist clients when a guardian ad litem has been appointed during a divorce, custody or probate case.

Contact Our Brooklyn Law Office for Guidance in Estate Planning & Administration

The Law Office of Melanie M. Marmer is proud to help clients protect their future rights and interests. If you need assistance with wills, probate, or estate administration, please contact us to schedule a consultation.