Upon the death of a decedent, the decedent’s next of kin should follow some basic procedures. First, they should locate the decedent’s Will. Second, if they do find a Will, they should identify and contact the named executor in the Will. Third, they should hire an experienced probate attorney who can initiate court proceedings as soon as possible to protect and secure the decedent’s assets.
If the decedent’s next of kin discover that the decedent has died without a Will, they should begin to have an administrator appointed to oversee the distribution of the decedent’s assets. New York law will also help determine who can qualify to be an administrator.