For purposes of various proceedings in the Surrogate’s Court, it is sometimes necessary for the Court to make an official determination of who is (and who is not) among a deceased’s next-of-kin.
What happens when good Executors go bad?
Estates and Non-Marital Children: Making Sure Your Estate Plan Matches Your Family.
Executors and Administrators are entitled to get paid for their work.
Executors may need to go to other state courts to deal with real property located outside New York.
What happens to my frequent flyer miles when I die?