Executors are responsible for:

Gathering the Estate

The Executor must identify and locate all of the decedent’s assets, such as Bank Accounts, CDs, Stocks, Bonds, Real Estate, Pensions, Life Insurance Policies, Death Benefits and Safe Deposit Boxes (these must be opened and inventoried).

Valuation of Assets

Property such as Cash, Stocks, Bonds, Life Insurance, Real Estate, and interest in a closely held Corporation or Partnership must be valued.

Payments of Debts and Administration Expenses

It is the Executor’s responsibility to pay expenses such as Taxes, Medical Bills, Funeral Costs and other debts of the Decedent.

Distribution of Assets

The Executor will distribute the Estate in accordance with the Will, and if none, then in accordance with the laws of New York State.

Payment of Individual Income Taxes

The Executor must ascertain whether the Decedent is required to file Federal and New York State Income Tax Returns.

Payment of Estate Taxes

The Executor may have to file Federal and New York State Estate Tax Returns and arrange for payment.

Payment of Estate Income Taxes

The Executor may have to file Federal and New York State Fiduciary Income Tax Returns and arrange for payment.

Estate Taxes

Tax Rates

The maximum Federal Estate Tax rate in 2016 is 40%. New York has its own Estate Tax.

Exclusion Amount

Each individual is entitled to a Federal and New York State Estate Tax exclusion amount. The Federal Estate Tax exclusion is $5,450,000 in 2016. The New York State Estate Tax exclusion will rise from $3,125,000 in 2016 to match the Federal amount by 2017.

Unlimited Marital Deduction

An unlimited amount of property may be left to a surviving spouse without incurring any Federal or New York State Estate and Gift Taxes.

Our Law Firm Will:

Inform the Executor about the estate administration process

Advise the Executor about his/her duties and prepare and file appropriate court documents

Prepare and file appropriate tax returns and insure that tax payments are made on a timely basis

Minimize taxes and insure the proper disposition of estate assets

Resolve family disputes

Analyze the interrelation of Estate, Individual Income and Fiduciary Income Taxes

Implement estate planning for beneficiaries, such as a surviving spouse


If you have questions or concerns about Trust & Estate Administration issues, please don’t hesitate to contact the Trust & Estate Administration with Russo Law Group, P.C.