Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is an Estate?
      • An estate is any asset owned by an individual that has value. It may consist of cash or other personal property. An estate may or may not have real property. Whatever the value of a decedent’s estate, it must be properly distributed pursuant to the provisions of the New York Estate Laws.

     

  2. How Can I Report A Death to the Public Administrator?

     

  3. What do I do if the Police Dept. sealed my deceased loved one’s residence or invoiced property?
    • Finding where to go to access your deceased love one’s property depends on a number of factors. Use the table below to determine which situation applies to your case. All of the applications listed are available on the Bronx County Surrogate Court’s webpage.
    • If you are not a distribute/heir and do not have a Will and there is no one able to administer the estate or there are no known distributes, the PUBLIC ADMINISTRATOR may be able to access the residence, retrieve invoiced property, and distribute it to those entitled to it under law.
    • Contact the Surrogate Court via email [bxsurrhelpctr@nycourts.gov] if you fall are any of the following Distributees/Heirs:
        1. Spouse
        2. Children
        3. Parents
        4. Siblings
        5. Grandparents
        6. Aunts-Uncles

      ESTATE VALUE

      SITUATION DEPARTMENT NEEDED

      APPLICATION TO FILE

      $50,000 or LESS

       

      If there is no Will and you are an Heir Administrative Dept. Surrogate Court Small Estates/ Voluntary Administration

      $50,000 or LESS

       

      If there is an original Will and you are named in it Administrative Dept. Surrogate Court Small Estates/ Voluntary Administration
      MORE than $50,000 If there is no Will and you are a distribute/heir Administrative Dept. Surrogate Court Letters of Administration
      MORE than $50,000 If there is an original Will and you are named in it Probate Dept. Surrogate Court Petition for Probate