A helpful tool or an unnecessary asset? — It depends.
The New York Surrogate’s Court have now expanded electronic filings so that Courts statewide can accept things…well, electronically.
The Surrogate’s Court allows for Estates valued at less than $50,000 to proceed without full administration.
The parties interested in an Estate can petition the Court to force an Executor or Administrator to account.
The AG may be a statutory party in some Estate proceedings.
The Surrogate’s Court appoints a Guardian Ad Litem to protect the interests of parties who may not be able to protect themselves.