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Queens Surrogate Court

Do you have questions that might apply to the management of a probate or administration case in Queens probate court? If so, you need the support of a Queens Surrogate Court.

The Queens Surrogate Court handles a broad variety of estate, administration and guardianship related issues and you might find yourself needing to file paperwork or appear in front of this court based on a variety of different types of situations. Regardless of how you came to discover the existence of the Queens Surrogate Court, you need to be prepared move forward with a case in this court as soon as possible. The Queens Surrogate Court is established as one of the many Surrogate Courts in each county across New York state. The Queens Surrogate Court handles with all different types of issues related to estates and the matters of the recently deceased. Furthermore, certain kinds of adoptions and guardianship proceedings might be in front of a Queens County Surrogate's Court. Some of these issues include;

Miscellaneous Proceedings

Queens Surrogate Court presides over numerous types of trusts in estate litigation. These can include removal of a fiduciary, compelling a fiduciary to account, surcharging a fiduciary for improper acts, determining a spouse's right of election, will and trusts construction and setting legal fees.


The Queens County Surrogate Court also handles issues related to stepparent adoptions, adult adoptions with an individual over the age of 18, foreign adoptions, and family adoptions.


The Queens County Surrogate's Court presides over two different types of guardianship proceedings. These involve the appointment of a guardian over a mentally disabled person or a developmentally disabled person and/or his or her property. There are no age restrictions associated with guardianship proceedings in the Queens County Surrogate's Court. The second type of guardianship managed by Queens County Surrogate's Court has to do with the appointment of the guardian of a minor person and his or her related property.


In certain situations, the Queens County Surrogate's Court will hear matters related to the fiduciary of a trust or a state who needs to file an accounting related to his or her acts with the surrogate court. An accounting can also be linked to being discharged from further liability.


If an individual in question passed away without a will, an administration proceeding is the true process through which another individual is appointed to collect and distribute assets. This is referred to as an intestate proceeding.

Voluntary Administration

The Queens County Surrogate Court will manage small estate administration, also referred to as voluntary administration, when the assets of the decedent do not exceed $30,000 in value.


Many different probate issues are handled under the umbrella of the Queens County Surrogate Court, including contesting the validity of a will, proving the validity of a decedent's last will and testament, or appointing the executor of an estate. The support of an experienced probate and administration attorney is strongly recommended if you may be a person involved in probate or administration proceedings surrounding these complicated issues.

The Queens County Surrogate Court has specific filing and paperwork requirements and you should have all of your documentation carefully reviewed by an attorney to verify that you are thoroughly prepared to approach the Queens County Surrogate Court in an organized fashion. If you need to ask for an accounting in a case, it’s your job to get the right details to move forward and to show the court that theft has happened. Be prepared for the executor to fight back.

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