New York Probate Form

Accounting Instructions

Everything you need to know about New York Form Accounting Instructions, including helpful tips, fast facts & deadlines, how to fill it out, where to submit it and other related NY probate forms.

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About Accounting Instructions

There are all sorts of forms executors, beneficiaries, and probate court clerks have to fill out and correspond with during probate and estate settlement, including affidavits, letters, petitions, summons, orders, and notices.

Accounting Instructions is a commonly used form within New York. Here’s an overview of what the form is and means, including a breakdown of the situations when (or why) you may need to use it:

Atticus Fast Facts About Accounting Instructions

Sometimes it’s tough to find a quick summary— here’s the important details you should know about Accounting Instructions:

  • This form pertains to the State of New York

Government forms are not typically updated often, though when they are, it often happens rather quietly. While Atticus works hard to keep this information about New York’s Form Accounting Instructions up to date, certain details can change from time-to-time with little or no communication.

How to file Form Accounting Instructions

Step 1 - Download the correct New York form based on the name and ID if applicable

Double check that you have both the correct form name and the correct form ID. Some New York probate forms can look remarkably similar, so it’s best to double, even triple-check that you’re using the right one! Keep in mind that not all States have a standardized Form ID system for their probate forms.

Step 2 - Complete the Document

Fill out all relevant fields in Form Accounting Instructions, take a break, and then review. Probate and estate settlement processes in NY are long enough to begin with, and making a silly error can push your timeline even farther back. No thank you!

Note: If you don’t currently know all of the answers and are accessing Form Accounting Instructions online, be sure to avoid closing the browser tab and potentially losing all your progress (or use a platform like Atticus to help avoid making mistakes).

Step 3 - Have Form witnessed or notarized (if required)

Some States and situations require particular forms to be notarized. If you have been instructed to get the document notarized or see it in writing on the document, then make sure to hire a local notary. There are max notary fees in the United States that are defined and set by local law. Take a look at our full guide to notary fees to make sure you aren’t overpaying or getting ripped off.

Step 4 - Submit Accounting Instructions to the relevant office

This is most often the local probate court where the decedent (person who passed away) is domiciled (permanently resides) or the institution involved with this particular form (e.g. a bank). Some offices allow you to submit forms online, other’s don’t, and we while we generally recommend going in-person to expedite the process, sometimes that simply isn’t an option.

It’s also a generally good idea to establish a positive working relationship with any probate clerk (unfortunately there’s enough people & process out there making things more difficult and unnecessarily confusing for them), so a best practice is to simply ask the probate clerk proactively exactly how and where they’d prefer you to submit all forms.

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When Accounting Instructions is due

Different probate forms or processes can require different deadlines or response times for completing the appropriate form.

While some steps in the process are bound to specific deadlines (like petitioning for probate, having to submit an inventory of assets, or filing applicable notices to creditors and beneficiaries), many probate forms or processes are not tied to a specific deadline since the scope of work can vary based on situational factors or requirements involved.

Either way, there are a bunch of practical reasons why personal representatives should work to complete each step as thoroughly and quickly as possible when completing probate in New York.

5 reasons you should submit this form as quickly as possible:

  1. The sooner you begin, the faster New York can allow heirs and beneficiaries to get their share of assets subject to probate. Acting promptly can also decrease the costs & overall mental fatigue through an otherwise burdensome process.

    Helpful Context: What’s the Difference Between Probate and Non-Probate Assets?

  2. In general, creditors of an estate usually have around 3-6 months from the time you file notice to creditors to file any claims for debt against the deceased’s assets. If they don’t, then that debt is forfeited (and more importantly, the executor won’t be held personally responsible). So doing this sooner means you have a better idea of who is owed what and ensures you won’t get a surprise collector months later.

  3. Not filing a will within 30 days (on average) could mean that the probate process proceeds according to intestate laws (laws that govern what happens to someone's stuff without a will) or is subject to unnecessary supervision by the probate court. And if you aren't directly related to the deceased (a.k.a. next of kin), this could also mean you lose your inheritance.

  4. It’s important to file any necessary state tax returns on behalf of the deceased or estate by the following tax season in New York. If you don’t, you could owe penalties and interest. This also includes any necessary federal tax returns such as Forms 1040, 1041, or even a Form 706 estate tax return.

  5. If a house in the State of New York is left empty (or abandoned) for a while, insurance can get dicey. For example, if the house burns down and no one has been there for a year, an insurance company may get out of paying your claim.

If you’re not using Atticus to get specific forms, deadlines, and timelines for New York probate, then try and stay as organized as possible, pay close attention to the dates mentioned in any correspondence you have with the State’s government officials, call the local New York probate clerk or court for exact answers regarding Form Accounting Instructions, and when in doubt— consult a qualified trust & estates lawyer for that area.

How to Download, Open, and Edit this form Online

Accounting Instructions is one of the many probate court forms available for download through Atticus.

It may also be available through some New York probate court sites, such as . In order to access the latest version, be updated with any revisions, and get full instructions on how to complete each form, check out the Atticus Probate & Estate Settlement software or consider hiring a qualified legal expert locally within New York.

While Atticus automatically provides the latest forms, be sure to choose the correct version of Form Accounting Instructions f using any other site or resource in order to avoid having to re-complete the form process and/or make another trip to the New York probate court office.

Accounting Instructions is a .pdf, so opening it should be as simple as clicking “View Form” from within the Atticus app or by clicking the appropriate link found on any New York-provided government platform. Once you’ve opened the form, you should be able to directly edit the form before saving or printing.

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Did you know?

  • Form Accounting Instructions is a probate form in New York.

  • New York has multiple types of probate and the necessary forms depend on the unique aspects of each estate, such as type and value of assets, whether there was a valid will, who is serving as the personal representative or executor, and even whether or not they also live in New York.

  • During probate, all personal representatives and executives in are required to submit a detailed inventory of assets that must separate non-probate assets from probate assets.

  • Probate in New York, especially without guidance, can take years to finish and cost upwards of $14,000.

Frequently Asked Questions about Accounting Instructions

Probate is the government’s way of making sure that when a person dies, the right stuff goes to the right people (including the taxes the government wants).

All of that stuff is collectively known as someone’s “estate”, and it’s the job of the executor or personal representative to fill out all the forms and complete all the required steps to formally dissolve the estate. 

To get instant clarity on the entire probate process and get an idea of the steps, timeline, and best practices, read the Atticus Beginner’s Guide to Probate

The best place? Create an account in Atticus to start getting estate-specific advice. 

You may need a lawyer, you may not, and paying for one when you didn’t need it really hurts. Atticus makes sure you make  the best decisions (plus you can write it off as an executor expense).

We’ve also created a list of other probate services. Be sure to check it out!

An executor is named in someone’s will, and if the deceased didn’t have a will, then the spouse or other close family relative usually steps up to fulfill the role. If no one wants to do it, then a judge will appoint someone. 

The executor is responsible for the complete management of the probate process, including major responsibilities such as:

  • Creating an inventory of all probate assets.

  • Filling out all necessary forms

  • Paying off all estate debts and taxes

  • Submitting reports to the court and beneficiaries as requested

And much more. This process often stretches longer than a year. 

For an idea of what separates executors who succeed from those who make this way harder than it should be, visit our article, Executors of an Estate:
What they do & secrets to succeeding

The Exact Text on Form Accounting Instructions

Here’s the text, verbatim, that is found on New York Form Accounting Instructions. You can use this to get an idea of the context of the form and what type of information is needed.

INSTRUCTIONS PRINCIPAL Schedule A Statement of Principal Received This schedule must contain an itemized statement of all the moneys and other personal property constituting principal for which each accounting party is charged, together with the date of receipt or acquisition of such money or property. If real property has been sold by the fiduciary, this schedule must set forth the proceeds of sale of such property, including a copy of the closing statement. Schedule A-1 Statement of Increases on Sales, Liquidation or Distribution This schedule must contain a full and complete statement of all realized increases derived from principal assets whether due to sale, liquidation, or distribution or any other reason. It should also show realized increases on new investments or exchanges. In each instance, the date of realization of the increase must be shown and the property from which the increase was derived must be identified. Schedule A-2 Statement of All Income Collected This schedule must contain a full and complete statement of all interest, dividends, rents and other income received, and the date of each receipt. Each receipt must be separately accounted for and identified, except that where a security had been held for an entire year, the interest or ordinary dividends may be reported on a calendar year basis. Schedule B Statement of Decreases Due to Sales, Liquidation, Collection, Distribution or Uncollectibility This schedule must contain a full and complete statement of all realized decreases on principal assets whether due to sale, liquidation, collection or distribution, or any other reason. It should show decreases on new investments or exchanges and also sales, liquidations or distributions that result in neither gain nor loss. In each instance, the date of realization of the decrease must be shown and the property from which the decrease was incurred must be identified. It should also report any asset which the fiduciary intends to abandon as worthless, together with a full statement of the reasons for abandoning it. Schedule C Statement of Funeral and Administration Expenses and Taxes Actually Paid This schedule must contain an itemized statement of all moneys chargeable and paid for funeral, administration and other necessary expenses, together with the date and the reason for each expenditure. Consolidate all similar expenditures; i.e. funeral expenses, taxes, accountant fees, legal fees, filing fees, commissions, other. Where the will directs that all inheritance and death taxes are to be paid out of the estate, credit for payment of the same should be taken in this schedule. Schedule C-1 Statement of Unpaid Administration Expenses This schedule must contain an itemized statement of all unpaid claims for administration and other necessary expenses, together with a statement of the basis for each such claim. Schedule D Statement of All Creditor’s Claims This schedule must contain an itemized statement of all creditor’s claims subdivided to show: 1.Claims presented, allowed, paid and credited and appearing in the Summary Statement together with the date of payment. 2. Claims presented and allowed but not paid 3. Claims presented but rejected, and the date of and the reason for such rejection. 4. Contingent and possible claims. 5. Personal claims requiring approval by the court pursuant to SCPA § 1805. In the event of insolvency, preference of various claims should be stated, with the order of their priority. Schedule E Statement of Distributions Made This schedule must contain an itemized statement of all moneys paid and all property delivered to the beneficiaries Legatees, trustees, surviving spouse or distributes of the deceased, the date of payment or delivery thereof, and the name of the person to whom payment or delivery was actually made. Where estate taxes are required to be apportioned and payments have been made on account of the taxes, the amounts apportioned in Schedule K against beneficiaries of the estate shall be charged against the respective individuals share. Schedule F Statement of New Investments, Exchanges and Stock Distributions This schedule must contain an itemized statement of (a) all new investments made by the fiduciary with the date of acquisition and cost of all property purchases, (b) all exchanges made by the fiduciary, specifying dates and items received and items surrendered, and (c) all stock dividends, stock splits, right and warrants received by the fiduciary, showing the securities to which each relates and their allocation as between principal and income. Schedule G Statement of Personal Property Remaining on Hand This schedule must contain an itemized statement showing all property constituting principal remaining on hand Including a statement of all uncollected receivables and property rights due to the estate. Show the date and cost of all such property that was acquired by purchase, exchange or transfers made or received, together with the date of acquisition and the cost thereof and indicate such sums in the appropriate lines of the summary schedule. Show all unrealized increases and decreases relating to assets on hand, and report the same in the appropriate places in the summary schedule. Schedule H Statement of Interested Parties This schedule must contain the names of all persons entitled as beneficiary, legatee, devisee, trustee, surviving spouse, distribute, unpaid creditor or otherwise to a share of the estate or fund, with their post office addresses and the degree of relationship, if any, of each to the deceased, and a statement showing the nature of and the value or approximate value of the interest of each such person. This schedule also must contain a statement that the records of this court have been searched for powers of attorney and assignments and encumbrances made and executed by any of the persons interested in or entitled to a share of the estate and a list detailing each power of attorney, assignment and encumbrance, disclosed by such search, with the date of its recording and the name and address of each attorney in fact and of each assignee and of each person beneficially interested under the encumbrance to in the respective instruments, and also whether the accounting party had any knowledge of the execution of any such power of attorney or assignment not so filed and recorded. -15- Schedule I Statement of Computation of Commissions This schedule must contain a computation of the amount of commissions due upon this accounting. See Uniform Court Rule, §207.40 (d). Schedule J Statement of Other Pertinent Facts, Cash Reconciliation and Proposed Distribution This schedule must contain a statement of all other pertinent facts affecting the administration of the estate and the rights of those interested therein. It must also contain a statement of any real property left by the decedent that it is not necessary to include as an estate asset to be accounted for, a brief description thereof, its gross value, and the amount of mortgages or liens thereon at the date of death of the deceased. A cash reconciliation must also be set forth in this schedule so that verification with bank statements and cash on hand may be readily made. Schedule K Statement of Estate Taxes Paid and Allocation Thereof This schedule must contain a statement showing all estate taxes assessed and paid with the respect to any property required to be included in the gross estate of the decedent under the provisions of the Tax Law or under the laws of the United States. This schedule must also contain a computation setting forth the proposed allocation of taxes paid and to be paid and the amounts due the estate from each person in whose behalf a tax payment has been made and also the proportionate amount of the tax paid by each of the named persons interested in this estate or charged against their respective interest, as provided in §2-1.8 of the Estates, Powers, and Trusts Law. Where an allocation of taxes is required, the method of computing the allocation of said taxes must be shown in this schedule.

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