Losing a loved one is incredibly difficult. Emotions are high and the last thing you want to do is go through your loved one’s estate. Unfortunately, the probate process is something that oftentimes can’t be avoided. So, how can you make sure you’re best prepared?

In this episode of Hilary Topper On Air, Hilary interviews Marie Elena R. Puma, Partner of Russo Law Group, P.C., Long Island’s Signature Elder Law, Special Needs, and Estate Planning Law Firm.

About Marie Elena

Marie Elena is a Partner of Russo Law Group, P.C. of Garden City, Islandia, Lido Beach and Manhattan, New York. She joined the firm in 1991 and her areas of practice include Trust and Estate Administration, Elder Law, Special Needs, and Estate Planning, Guardianships, and Real Estate.

Marie Elena is a member of the New York State, Nassau and Suffolk County Bar Associations, the Academy of Special Needs Planners, and has served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Elder Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) from 2004-2011. She is a former Co-Chair of the Legal Education Committee, former Chair of the Trusts and Estates Administration Committee, former Chair of the Estate Tax Planning Committee, and former Co-Chair of the Trusts and Estates Administration Committee for the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section. Marie Elena was also the Chair of the 2010 Annual Meeting for the New York State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section.

In addition, she is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). She is a former Chair of NAELA’S Member Relations/Membership Committee, a former Chair of NAELA’S Academic Committee, and continues to be actively involved with NAELA. In 2010, Marie Elena was nominated to the Board of Directors of NAELA National. She has also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the New York Chapter of NAELA. Marie Elena is a SuperLawyer since 2016 and the Facilitator of the ADRC Caregiver’s Support Group: Alzheimer’s and Dementia. She earned her law degree at St. John’s University School of Law and is admitted to the New York State Bar.

About the Interview

Marie Elena will discuss “Probate: Frequently Asked Questions”. She will touch upon how coping with the death of a loved one is difficult, especially when having to deal with the probate process. There are so many questions to address:

  • What is Probate?
  • When is Probate required?
  • How to select an Executor?
  • What is the process to be appointed Executor?
  • What are the duties and responsibilities of an Executor?
  • How to avoid Probate?

About Russo Law Group

The Russo Law Group is comprised of a team of elder law attorneys, estate planning attorneys, and special needs (disability) attorneys have represented the elderly and persons with special needs/disabilities and their families since 1985. In most professional occupations there is no replacement for experience. At Russo Law Group, P.C., our caring and compassionate staff have been involved in literally thousands of cases. Our experience is your protection. To contact Marie Elena or learn more about Russo Law Group, visit https://www.vjrussolaw.com.