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When a person dies without leaving a will, he or she is said to have died “intestate.”
When a person dies intestate, an administrator must be appointed to collect and distribute the decedent’s assets. An administration proceeding must be commenced in the Surrogate’s Court, in the county in which the decedent resided, to have the administrator appointed. The relevant statute determines who has priority to be named administrator. The order is as follows:
Commencing an administration proceeding is similar to commencing a probate proceeding, except that there is no will. See Long Island probate proceedings for more information regarding the procedure for joining necessary parties.
If there is no objection to the appointment of the administrator, the court will issue “Letters of Administration,” which are actually a single sheet of paper. The Letters of Administration are proof of the administrator’s authority to act on behalf of the estate.
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The assets of an individual dying intestate are distributed according to the statutory order of distribution in New York. Assets can be in any form, including bank accounts, personal property or real estate. However, it is important to keep in mind that certain jointly owned property, such as real estate, may pass directly to the joint owner, depending on the form of ownership.
The order of distribution in New York is listed below. Note – an “issue” is a descendant of the individual who died intestate, including children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, etc.
If a decedent is survived by:
The above persons are known as “distributees.”
Not included in the above list are more remote distributions contained in the statute, including grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Contact the law firm of Andrew M. Doktofsky, P.C. today for a free consultation about administration proceedings throughout Suffolk County and Nassau County, New York. Andrew Doktofsky is an experienced probate lawyer in Long Island who will advise you on administration proceedings and estate distribution following the death of a loved one. Call (631) 673-9600 for a free consultation about your administration proceeding questions in New York.