Estate and trust administration involves critical aspects of determining what happens to the estate of your loved one after their death. Losing a loved one is already hard enough, so it is wise to obtain knowledgeable advice from an experienced estate administration attorney.

Estate administration may be more complex due to sensitive family dynamics, if your loved one passed away without a will, or left behind complex familial structures such as remarriage, adoptions, guardianships, and owning business interests.

At Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC, we are committed to providing thorough and compassionate legal services in estate and trust administration.

Our Core Services

  • Administration of Assets Passing Under Wills: If you are an executor of a Will, we will help you determine the assets and debts of the estate, assist you with each step in the court system and determine the distribution of the estate.
  • Administration of Estates Without Wills: Also known as Intestate Estate Administration, we will assist you in navigating the court system and identifying lawful beneficiaries if you qualify to act as an administrator or receive assets from an estate lacking a Will. We’ll also help determine the proper distribution of assets according to New York law.
  • Probate Proceedings: Probate is the process in which a decedent’s last will and testament is “proved” to the satisfaction of the Surrogate’s Court in the county in which the late person resided. An executor is formally appointed to carry out the terms of the will. An Albany probate lawyer can probate the appointment of the executor, trustees, and related services. We regularly practice in Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady, Saratoga, Warren, Washington, Columbia and Greene counties, as well as many others.
  • Trust Administration: Not all property needs to go through the courts to be distributed. For example, trust assets, money held in joint accounts, retirement accounts and life insurance proceeds are distributed to account holders or named beneficiaries immediately and without the need for a court supervised administration process. For trustees or beneficiaries of trusts, we will advise you in determining your rights and obligations under the terms of the trust and New York State law.

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Louis W. Pierro
Aaron E Connor
Michael Mullaney
Michael P. Mullaney
Patricia Whelan, Associate Attorney
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Services We Offer Include:

  • Probate of last will and testament and the appointment of Executor and trustees
  • Administration of estates where the decedent died without a Will, the appointment of Administrator
  • Settlement of the Estate and Trust Accounts
  • Estate and trust litigation
  • Settlement of wrongful death actions on behalf of an estate
  • Resolve postmortem estate tax issues
  • Federal Gift Tax Return preparation and related services
  • Federal Estate Tax Return preparation and related services
  • State Estate Tax Return preparation and related services
  • All other services connected with the usual administration of estates and trusts

 A Customized Approach to Estate and Trust Administration

The reason clients decide to entrust their estate administration to our lawyers at Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC is due to our reputation for excellence. Along with our legal expertise, we offer personalized service and a client-centered approach.

No two clients are alike. We tailor our services to each client’s specific situation and needs. We work with teams of professionals, such as accountants and tax specialists, to save time and money on administration costs, as well as compassionately handling family relationships and dynamics. Our track record speaks for itself.

Meet Our Team

Louis W. Pierro, Esq.

Louis Pierro, Esq.

Founding partner and principal, Louis Pierro, knows about the importance of long-term care planning firsthand, as his mother suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. He empathizes with clients facing similar issues and can help them put together a plan so that they can age independently.

Pierro also founded and is now a consultant at ElderCounsel, a nationwide organization of elder care and special needs law firms that provides proprietary document drafting software and education to over 1400 member firms. He is a founder of ApolloCare, LLC, a company integrating home care coordination with connected home health technologies to allow seniors to continue living independently at home.

Aaron E. Connor, Esq.

Aaron E. Connor, Esq.

Managing partner, Aaron E. Connor, focuses on the areas of guardianship, contested wills and trusts, and other estate litigation and administration. Through discovery, litigation, and negotiation, Connor helps clients receive their fair share in complex estate and trust litigation matters. He also heads our firm’s long-term care planning department.

Connor’s expertise includes using sophisticated estate planning techniques for optimum tax efficiency.

He formerly served on the New York State Bar Association Committee on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar.

Kimberly Gallo

Kimberly J. Gallo, Esq.

Associate Attorney Gallo practices estate and trust administration with over 17 years of experience in the law. Her focus is on assisting her clients with personalized attention throughout the administration process, which includes working with executors or beneficiaries on settlements of assets passing under wills and trusts, probate proceedings, trust administration and guidance on related tax matters.

Ms. Gallo earned her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 2007, cum laude. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in March 2008.

What Our Albany Clients Are Saying

Aaron Connor, Beth Stasiak, and Stacey Davis were an absolute pleasure to deal with through what would otherwise have been a difficult experience after the loss of first my maternal uncle and then my mom. They were extremely well organized, professional, thoughtful, responsive, good-humored and consistently looked out for our best interests. Would happily recommend them to anyone in need of elder law services.

— Lisa D.

Lou Pierro came up with a very creative way to protect my mother’s estate. He freely gave of his time and was clear and caring. My mother died before we needed to implement his plan. Afterwards, the New York Department of Health found my mother’s former residence in violation of two codes. Although Lou would not benefit from helping us, he directed us to attorneys who could.

— David

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To learn more about our estate and trust services and how we can help you, schedule a consultation with the Albany Estate Planning and Elder Care Lawyers at Pierro, Connor & Strauss, LLC today.

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