New York Surrogate’s Court determines the distribution of assets of a deceased person.
The deceased is called the decedent. The personal and real property of the decedent is called the estate. If the decedent left a Will, he died testate, and the Will is submitted to probate. If the decedent died without a Will, then the proceeding used to determine the distribution of his property is called administration. The Surrogate’s Court judge is called the Surrogate.
Type of Estate Proceedings
New York probate and administration of estate cases may fall under one of three types of proceedings:
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A petition, the original Will, a certified death certificate, and the paid funeral bill must be filed with the Surrogates’s Court.