May 7, 2014
Authored by: cchen
Warring Public Administrators Face Off in New York’s Appellate Court
Public administrators from two New York counties, Kings and Richmond, have been engaged in a dispute over which will administer the eight million dollar estate of decedent Palma Bonora, who died intestate.
Bonora was a lifelong Brooklyn (Kings County) resident who, for the last four years of her life, lived in a Staten Island (Richmond County) nursing home. Prior to her relocation to Staten Island, Bonora’s guardian had Bonora’s Brooklyn home demolished and the land later sold. It is undisputed that Bonora lacked the mental capacity to change her domicile from Kings County to Richmond County and that she was moved by her guardian to Staten Island so that she could obtain the necessary medical care.
Under New York law, the venue of estate administration lies in the county in