Helping You Prove Kinship In Probate Cases

Proving kinship is a complex area of probate litigation and disputes and often results in very contentious cases. Few lawyers have the experience and knowledge to take these cases and handle them properly.

However, you can trust your case to the law office of Albert F. Pennisi, P.C. I have considerable experience with kinship and cousin cases, often receiving referrals from other attorneys who need my assistance in these situations. My experience with kinship cases even includes taking cases and New York Surrogate's Court personnel to other countries to depose witnesses. Please speak with me today about your case to learn how I can help.

Proving Kinship And Disproving Prior Classes

In New York, when an individual dies intestate (without a will), the Surrogate's Court will try to distribute the assets to surviving family members. If the deceased had no living spouse, children, siblings, parents, grandparents, nieces or nephews, then cousins may inherit the estate.

Before a cousin can become an heir, however, kinship must be proved. I work with genealogists to locate and examine birth, death and marriage records. I also interview witnesses and potential heirs.

In addition to proving the bloodline, you must disprove prior classes of relatives. Disproving prior classes — or the existence of a spouse, children, siblings, etc. — is a critical aspect of kinship proceedings. I understand this process and have the experience to execute it correctly. You can also rely on my skill as a trial attorney if the case is contested.

Contact My Law Firm

I can represent either side in kinship cases: the cousin or the opposing party. To schedule a free, 30-minute consultation in either Queens or Nassau County, please call 718-509-6344. You may also contact me online.