How do my siblings and I prove to the court appointed attorney that as her kids we are the next of kin?

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How do my siblings and I prove to the court appointed attorney that as her kids we are the next of kin?

I live in one state and my mother was a resident of another when she died. My cousin and another court appointed guardian were removed a year before her death due to failure to comply with court requirements, such as showing receipts or complying with court orders. What is the best way to contact the new court appointed attorney to establish that we are her legitimate next of kin and what are the next steps in resolving her estate?

Asked on August 23, 2012 under Estate Planning, New York

Answers:

Catherine Blackburn / Blackburn Law Firm

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

You should call the court appointed attorney, introduce yourself, and ask how you can participate in the proceedings.  Who is "next of kin" is defined by state law.  If you don't know the name of the attorney, call the court that had jurisdiction over the guardianship and ask them to give you the name and telephone number of the attorney.


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