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Fundamentals of a Kinship Proceeding and How they Occur


Gain insight on the basics of kinship proceedings.

Kinship proceedings are a proceeding brought in Surrogate’s Court by an alleged heir to prove their blood relation to the Decedent. It can be brought at the beginning of an estate proceeding to establish priority to serve as administrator or during the accounting proceeding to establish that Claimant is entitled to all or a portion of the estate. This white paper reviews the basics of a kinship proceeding and discusses potential issues and possible solutions.



Courtney L. DeLia, Esq.

Courtney L. DeLia, Esq.

Hancock Estabrook, LLP

  • Associate attorney in the office of Hancock Estabrook, LLP
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of trusts and estates and elder law
  • Has lectured various groups about estate planning and charitable giving including a program recently for Fayetteville Senior Citizen Center; co-wrote Chapter 11, “Planning for Client Incapacity” of the Estate Planning and Will Drafting in New York 2019 Update for the New York State Bar Association; and regularly writes legal updates on topics including remote witnessing and notarization and changes to Medicaid
  • Member of the New York State Bar Association Digital Wills Committee and serves on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association Central New York Chapter and Central New York Women’s Bar Association
  • J.D. degree, University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Can be contacted at 315-565-4508 or [email protected]

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