People often use the “cousin” terms loosely, as if they were interchangeable.  For social purposes they are interchangeable, but legally they are decidedly NOT.  This distinction arises in two particular situations:

  1. When a person dies without a Will (which is called “intestate”) and the closest relatives are cousins.
  2. When a Will is being offered for

When I refer to a “probate case”, I am talking about any situation where someone has died and now someone else is talking to me about it.

In these situations there are 3 main areas I ask questions about.  I can’t think of a situation where these questions would not be asked.  Asking these questions

Many lawyers deal with Surrogate’s Court only peripherally.  Considering that questions about Estates and Surrogate’s Court arise so often, it is worth knowing the basics. Here are the top 10 things worth knowing about Surrogate’s Court….

1. The Surrogate Court Clerk’s offices are broken down into departments:

– Probate (Appointment of a fiduciary when there