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Kinship Proceedings

A kinship proceeding is the judicial process by which an alleged heir seeks to establish his/her relationship to the decedent.

Kinship issues most frequently arise in Surrogate's Court accounting proceedings that are brought by County Public Administrators for the purpose of having the Court determine the entitlement of an estate's assets.

The burden of proof is placed upon the "alleged heirs" to prove their kinship. Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins must prove their relationship to the decedent. Even though these relatives have been in communication with the Public Administrator during the administration of the estate, a formal Court hearing that includes witness testimony and certified documentation will be required for the judicial ordering of the inheritance.

At the New York Estate, Probate and Inheritance Law Firm of Mitchell Wilensky, we offer experienced and professional representation to family members seeking to enforce their inheritance rights in kinship proceedings.

In many instances cousins or other family members are contacted by geneolgy search companies offering assistance in processing their inheritance claim but requiring a contingency fee agreement. A potential heir is not required to engage such a company. Our office typically handles kinship proceedings on a contingency fee basis but charges less than these "heir locator" organizations.

At the New York Estate, Probate and Inheritance Law Firm of Mitchell Wilensky we have extensive experience in proving kinship, and our representation will assist you in navigating the complexities of the Court procedures.

To learn more about our firm's services in enforcing inheritances in kinship proceedings please contact the New York Estate, Probate, and Inheritance Law Firm of Mitchell Wilensky by email, or by calling toll free @ 1-800-842-7040. There is never a charge for the initial consultation.

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