Denton, MD asked in Estate Planning and Probate for New York

Q: What is a citation in a will? Its going to distributees. Will the distributee receive money? or is it just notifying?

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A: In New York estate planning and probate, a citation in the context of a will is a legal notice issued by the court. This notice is sent to distributees (potential heirs and other interested parties) to inform them of the probate proceedings and to give them an opportunity to appear in court if they have any objections to the will or its administration. Receiving a citation does not guarantee that a distributee will receive money or inherit from the estate; it merely notifies them of the proceedings and their right to be heard. The actual distribution of assets to distributees depends on the terms of the will and the outcome of the probate process.

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