In Surrogate’s Court proceedings there are many instances where a party can file Objections. Estate Litigation usually involves matters that are commenced with a Petition. For example, in Probate Cases, the probate process is started by filing a Petition for Probate and Letters Testamentary. Similarly, when a decedent dies without a Last Will, a petition for Letters of Administration is filed to begin the process to administer an intestate estate.
Another example of a Surrogate’s Court petition is one to settle or approve the accounting of an Executor or Administrator. When these various types of petitions are filed with the Court official notice, usually in the form of a Citation, is given to the parties who have an interest in the outcome.
These parties usually have a right to file Objections to the various petitions. Thus, there can be Objections to Probate which lead to a Will Contest. Also, it may be necessary to Object to the matters set forth in an accounting by an Administrator or Executor.