Mary Kennedy’s estate is back in Surrogate’s Court. This time, the burial issue has been resolved (for now) and the court is hearing the case on who will serve as administrator of the estate.
Mary and Robert Kennedy Jr.’s son, Conor Kennedy, just turned eighteen last week, reports The Associated Press. His lawyer argued that this qualified him to serve as administrator of his mother’s estate.
As you may recall, Mary Kennedy hanged herself earlier this year. After her death, her family members found their way to Surrogate's Court to argue over the location of her burial. Eventually, she was buried in Hyannisport, MA.
The administrator of the estate has an important role because estate administration is a crucial part of the probate process. It involves the collection, management and distribution of the deceased's assets.
Part of estate administration also involves paying off the decedent's debts.
The administration of Mary Kennedy's estate faces some challenges, particularly because she was going through a divorce from her husband at the time of her death. As a result, her divorce lawyers had asked that a public administrator be appointed to her estate. Her divorce lawyers had claimed that they are owed $278,000.
Her lawyers have since dropped that request, now that her son is applying for the role of estate administrator. Robert Kennedy hasn't raised objection to the request either, but the AP has reported that it's unclear whether Mary's sister, Martha Richardson, plans to object to Conor Kennedy's request.
The Surrogate's Court judge has indicated that he will most likely grant Conor's request.
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